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The Winners of the 2016 Caladiums Bulbs Photo Contest!The Winners of the 2016 Caladiums Bulbs Photo Contest!
By dave, August 30, 2016

We reveal the winners! Come take a look.

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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 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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The newest comments to the plant database:
By lauriebasler on Aug 29, 2016 9:44 AM, concerning plant: Blue Fescue (Festuca glauca 'Boulder Blue')

I adore this plant. Here in my Pacific Northwest garden, it seeds for me freely. I end up moving 20 or so seedlings each spring. With a gentle tug, they are removed, and sent to a part of the yard where I just let them grow to pass on to friends and family. If I did not want seedlings, I would just not allow the plants to flower, and there would be no volunteering. I like them, so I let them go.

This plant grows in full sun to part shade for me. It likes water and tolerates drought. It can be moved with ease at any time of year, and it pops so nicely with reds, and burgundies. It likes a bit of compost in spring. It looks best if given a haircut in the fall.

As I will have more again next spring, I hope some of you will consider trying a few of these in your gardens, completely on me, in hopes you will become as fond of them as I am. And, I just cannot throw these guys away. I will post what I have then.

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By Bonehead on Aug 28, 2016 8:12 PM, concerning plant: Yellow Salsify (Tragopogon dubius)

Introduced from Europe, found in the Pacific NW on road shoulders, in fields, and in other dry areas at low elevations. Biennial or annual with milky juice from the taproot, which was chewed by some natives as a type of gum. The flowers tend to close up at midday or in cloudy weather, which explains one common name 'Jack go to bed at noon.'

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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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