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Simple Recycle, Reuse IdeaSimple Recycle, Reuse Idea
By Toni, July 27, 2016

It is seed-starting time for some of us, which presented me with a dilemma. I had my seeds and my beautiful seed- starting compressed bale medium, but no scoop!

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Kill Weeds with Hot WaterKill Weeds with Hot Water
By DigginDirt, July 25, 2016

No need for chemicals. Use boiling water to kill those weeds.

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Metal Basket Container PlantingMetal Basket Container Planting
By webesemps, July 22, 2016

There are many metal objects available to use for container planting, such as tubs, troughs, cans, buckets, cups, bowls, etc. While browsing through an antique mall, I found a metal basket that I thought was quite distinctive. The question I asked myself was, "What do I do with it?" My answer: "Plant succulents, of course!"

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How To Make Cheap, Permanent Plant TagsHow To Make Cheap, Permanent Plant Tags
By duane456, July 20, 2016

Tired of trying to remember the name of that plant? Or -- trying to read your faded plant tag that is falling apart? Here's an inexpensive, interchangeable, and permanent plant tag that is easy to make with a few tools and materials.

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Chickens in the Vegetable GardenChickens in the Vegetable Garden
By Artistwantobe, July 18, 2016

My three hens live in my vegetable garden. They are wonderful garden helpers: scratching up weeds, patrolling for bugs, and fertilizing. And I get wonderful rich organic eggs! Here is how I get my girls to co-exist with my vegetables.

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Make a Lavender Wand SachetMake a Lavender Wand Sachet
By cwhitt, July 15, 2016

Bring your garden indoors with a wand sachet made from lavender from your garden.

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The July Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The July Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, July 13, 2016

We have a huge collection of great prizes in this month's contest. Grab your acorns, come in and take a look!

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Stop Snakes Invading Purple Martin HousesStop Snakes Invading Purple Martin Houses
By kytnbabe, July 11, 2016

My parents had stored berry/bird netting a couple of years ago and decided to get it out to cover strawberries. They found two big chicken snakes caught in it. My dad cut the dead snakes out of the netting and put the bird netting over the strawberries. Another snake was entangled. Hey! Bright idea!

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Love My Dog - Love My GardenLove My Dog - Love My Garden
By kytnbabe, July 9, 2016

Boomer, my one-year-old German Shepherd dog, is always looking for work when he's outside. Unfortunately, he often likes to dig through one of my planters during the winter. By spring I realized I'd have to have a barrier on them to be able to plant flowers.

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The newest comments to the plant database:
By mjsponies on Jul 27, 2016 4:50 PM, concerning plant: Hoya (Hoya 'Pinkie')

This is one of the prettiest Hoya blooms out there. Lovely very soft fragrance. Supposedly a cross between Hoya australis x Hoya subcalva. I've found it be very heat tolerant, but needs a well draining mix,let it get almost dry then water thoroughly again.

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By mystlw on Jul 27, 2016 3:00 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Orchid Candy')

Orchid Candy is the very first daylily I ever bought, and the one that sparked my addiction. Not knowing anything about daylilies, I bought it as a bag of roots at a big-box store. I didn't know that these were tissue culture plants until it began to grow; even as a weak plant it was still beautiful, and I was thrilled when it bloomed.
I've moved on to healthy, divided daylilies purchased from reputable growers now, but I loved this one so much that I replaced it with a normal clump from one of my favorite recommended sellers. I look forward to many years of big, beautiful blooms.

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By lauribob on Jul 24, 2016 1:40 PM, concerning plant: Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix)

Care should be taken to avoid contact with poison sumac, which can be more toxic than either poison oak or poison ivy. Never burn poison sumac, as inhaling the smoke can cause life-threatening pulmonary edema.

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By Anndixon on Jul 24, 2016 4:26 AM, concerning plant: Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

We had two 25-year-old trees that both blew down in a straight-line windstorm. One of the saddest thing about it was the pair of Baltimore Orioles that continued to visit the blooms even after the trees had blown down. But I have six more saplings coming along nicely, although it will be a while before they bloom.

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By flaflwrgrl on Jul 23, 2016 7:07 PM, concerning plant: Coastal Rose Gentian (Sabatia calycina)

This plant is native to FL, GA, AL, LA, MS, TX, SC, NC and VA.
S. calycina differs from most other members of this genus in that it is a perennial, although a short-lived one. It also sports more foliage than many others of its genus, having foliage that goes from the base of its bloom stalks right to the top of the bloom stalks. Each plant has multiple stems.
Depending on the weather and zone it's growing in, it can bloom almost year round.

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