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Seed Swaps: A General FAQ for How To Get StartedSeed Swaps: A General FAQ for How To Get Started
By DogsNDaylilies, August 20, 2016

If you love to grow things from seed and you haven't already checked into the seed swaps here on NGA, you're missing out! Seed swapping is a great way to expand your collection of seeds and try new things, whether your interests are wide or focused. There's a little something for everyone and NOW is the time to get started! Grab your seeds and get ready for a little trading--I'll help you learn how!

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The 2016 Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest!The 2016 Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest!
By dave, August 19, 2016

Our friends at Caladium Bulbs 4 Less are sponsoring a Caladiums Photo Contest at Garden.org, and there are prizes to win! Do you have great photos of caladiums from this year? Then enter them in our contest and win prizes along with the admiration of your peers!

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The August 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The August 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, August 17, 2016

Here it is! Another raffle with another great lineup of prizes.

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Get Your Backyard Birds To Eat Those Tomato HornwormsGet Your Backyard Birds To Eat Those Tomato Hornworms
By Newyorkrita, August 16, 2016

I hardly ever can spot those nasty tomato hornworms. I let my feathered friends do it for me.

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Strawberry TowerStrawberry Tower
By Englishgardener, August 12, 2016

I had several terra cotta strawberry planters, but the amount of space I could give them was limited, so I came up with a solution.

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Easy Peasy Vegetable GardeningEasy Peasy Vegetable Gardening
By Shy_gardner, August 11, 2016

I only have a small yard. I’m older, and can’t do all that I used to do, but I sure do love homegrown, totally organic vegetables. Thought I’d share this because it works extremely well for me, and so many folks just don’t have time for a garden anymore.

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What To Do with Extra HerbsWhat To Do with Extra Herbs
By Kjnorris918, August 9, 2016

Have extra herbs from the garden you don't know what to do with? Make all-natural homemade cleaners!

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Soda Bottle DIY Irrigation for Roses and Other PlantsSoda Bottle DIY Irrigation for Roses and Other Plants
By cwhitt, August 7, 2016

One of the most effective methods of watering roses is by deep watering. An easy and economical way to do this is by turning a soda bottle into a DIY irrigation drip system.

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Overwhelming Projects?Overwhelming Projects?
By plantmanager, August 5, 2016

I used to look at all of my land and feel totally overwhelmed by all of the projects I was envisioning.

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By Australis on Aug 25, 2016 2:06 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Bethlehem Ridgeway)

At the time of writing, this hybrid is decades old (I have been told 50+ years) and may now only exist in the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. A photo of this hybrid can be found in the book "Growing Orchids" by Brian and Wilma Rittershausen.

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By bron on Aug 24, 2016 4:14 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis citrina)

Is it the case that there have been not registered offspring of Hemerocallis citrina?? Given its reputed fragrance that seems strange. Is it infertile??

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By Baja_Costero on Aug 23, 2016 12:40 PM, concerning plant: Agave (Agave 'Sharkskin')

Dark olive green to bluish green hybrid agave to about 3 feet wide with channeled leaves. Considered to be a natural hybrid between two Mexican species, A. nickelsiae (aka A. ferdinandi-regis, once a variety of A. victoriae-reginae) and A. asperrima. Inherits the rough skin of the latter (an inspiration for the name), the toothless margin of the former, and the slow growth rate of both. Offsets slowly via rhizomes. Enjoys extreme exposure and tolerates extended drought. Very similar to "Sharkskin Shoes", of the same presumed parentage. One common form found in cultivation was collected in Coahuila in 1971.

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By Baja_Costero on Aug 23, 2016 11:56 AM, concerning plant: San Diego Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus viridescens)

Barrel cactus from coastal Baja California (south to Bahia San Quintin) and San Diego County with greenish yellow flowers. Often found in rocky soil with a southwestern exposure. Habitat is foggy and mild. This cactus does not grow tall. Usually solitary but can form clumps. Size reaches about 12 inches wide. Young spines may be red to yellow but they fade to grey with age. Fruit is green to red, maturing to light yellow.

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By Dutchlady1 on Aug 23, 2016 5:30 AM, concerning plant: Plumeria (Plumeria rubra 'Pomelia Palermitana')

Also sometimes referred to as 'Pomelia Tonda', this is an old Sicilian variety.

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