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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 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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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 are necessary. I did pinch, however, one plant I didn't 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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By farmerdill on Aug 25, 2016 1:39 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'First Lady')

Introduced as an open pollinated alternative to Early Girl. Small salad-sized fruits of similar appearance, as is plant growth.

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By tx_flower_child on Aug 25, 2016 1:05 PM, concerning plant: Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

Red oaks are beautiful trees but are susceptible to the potentially fatal Oakwilt disease. A certified arborist should be knowledgeable regarding this disease.

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By skylark on Aug 25, 2016 11:04 AM, concerning plant: African Evergreen (Syngonium podophyllum 'Holly M')

Mature leaves are very white with green margins and are more pointed than usual. It's a very full, suckering (non-vining) plant.

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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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