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DIY Mini Flower Pot TrellisDIY Mini Flower Pot Trellis
By Suga, August 28, 2016

I made these mini trellises out of recycled lamp parts.

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Time to Vote for the Caladiums Bulbs Photo Contest!Time to Vote for the Caladiums Bulbs Photo Contest!
By dave, August 27, 2016

Voting has begun on the 2016 Caladiums 4 Less Photo Contest. There isn't a huge number of photos, but lots of great ones! Come choose your favorites and cast your votes for the ones you think should win.

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Canning TipsCanning Tips
By Mizshelli, August 26, 2016

Want to share your harvest, or just keep those awesome tomatoes longer? Here are some tips from a lifelong food preserver.

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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, 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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The newest comments to the plant database:
By Bonehead on Aug 28, 2016 7:47 PM, concerning plant: Lily (Lilium columbianum)

Native in the Pacific NW, found in meadows, open forests, and clearings at low to subalpine elevations. The bulbs may be steamed and eaten, although they are bitter and peppery. Old wives tale: if one smells a tiger lily, it will give you freckles.

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By Bonehead on Aug 27, 2016 6:50 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'First Lady')

Small red salad tomato, very nice looking. Smooth thin skin, uniform color and blemish free with no cracking, a bit of a pointy end. Ripened early. I found the fruit to be firm and juicy, but unfortunately as bland as what one would expect to find in the grocery store mid-winter. No 'wow' factor. Production for me was OK, but this plant was in a spot that did not get such regular watering, so could be better with more care. I doubt I'll try it again.

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By mjsponies on Aug 26, 2016 1:59 PM, concerning plant: Begonia (Begonia egregia)

Love, love this Begonia. Was a star in the greenhouse over winter and it's proven to be quite heat tolerant in summer. No wilting from heat, no spots on the leaves, no complaints. We've had a blistering summer and this Begonia has not missed a beat. So far I've had it in bright shade in a container. Taking cuttings and will try some in the ground.

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By courtneyjean on Aug 26, 2016 12:35 PM, concerning plant: Glossy Abelia (Linnaea x grandiflora 'Rose Creek')

When is the best time to trim these bushes?

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By KarenHolt on Aug 25, 2016 9:41 PM, concerning plant: Zinnia (Zinnia Zahara™ Double Salmon Rose)

These zinnias are outstanding. When they first bloom, they are truly a deep salmon rose color. The more they mature, the prettier they get. Even when they need to be cut, they are still pretty. You kind of hate to cut them. They perform much better in ground than in containers. I grew both this year. The blooms are at least an inch bigger if in ground. The bush size is also at least 6-9" bigger as well. They are definitely profuse. I live in OK and the heat here is incredible. This year we had 2 solid months of temps in the 90's with heat indexes of 115. The ones in ground performed beautifully. Container grown struggled even with me watering religiously. I honestly do not think pinching these is necessary. I did pinch one and didn't pinch the other for some reason. There was no difference in size and branching between the two for me. They have been blooming since June and now we are in the end of August almost. They are not letting up. Highly recommend these.

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