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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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Recycling Deli ContainersRecycling Deli Containers
By PlantMania, July 7, 2016

Leftover chicken is not the only item that is used from this quick dinner. The container from a store-bought rotisserie chicken may be used for seed germination.

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Followup to the Garden Tower 2 ReviewFollowup to the Garden Tower 2 Review
By dave, July 6, 2016

A couple months ago I posted a video review of the Garden Tower 2 (the combination vertical garden/vermicomposting system) and I was asked to post a followup once the plants have grown a bit. Here it is!

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The newest comments to the plant database:
By Bonehead on Jul 23, 2016 12:43 PM, concerning plant: Bitter Cherry (Prunus emarginata)

Native in the Pacific NW. This grows in my back woods here and there. I never have noticed the fruit, so it must be small and/or the birds eat them all. As a fuel wood, it is extremely difficult to split unless one scores the bark from top to bottom on each chunk.

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By pirl on Jul 23, 2016 12:41 PM, concerning plant: Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie')

Very attractive to deer!

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By Raven on Jul 23, 2016 9:24 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Batgirl')

Batgirl is striking. Easy to see from several feet away. It is growing to 38" in my garden and the color is amazing. I have 5 scapes on this plant, which was planted in '14. The disappointing thing is I had to cut all the scapes and bring them in the house because all were lying on the ground this morning. The scapes are weak this year.

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By MamaIve12 on Jul 23, 2016 8:47 AM, concerning plant: White Guinea Yam (Dioscorea rotundata)

I grew up eating this edible tuber. It is a type of yam. This is my first time growing it where I live (South Florida), and it's been an interesting experiment. I usually boil it with a little salt. It is healthy and delicious.

I got a starter from a friend, ate part of it, and put little pieces of it in a barrel. We are trying our hand at growing herbs and vegetables in our backyard, so growing name is part of that experiment.

The guinea yam is a vine, and the tubers grow big, so they need space. I recommend using a deep container because it is a pretty vine, but it also needs to be controlled. It wraps around EVERYTHING! It took about three months for the plant to sprout- I almost gave up on it and planted a grape tomato plant in the same container... not doing that again, though. The tomato plant grew mostly unobstructed, and yielded nice fruit, but now it is completely overshadowed by the vine. I had beginner's luck because the tomato plant was pretty much done with its fruit season. So, lesson learned: Keep it in its own container and don't plant anything else in that container. :)

Now I didn't realize that on this plant, tubers would actually grow on the vine. It may have been obvious for the usual gardeners, but this came as a surprise to me. I am going to take the ones that are on the vine and replant them. Let's see what happens! I will keep you posted.

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By Frillylily on Jul 22, 2016 11:06 AM, concerning plant: Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)

VERY invasive roots that grow vigorously. We had one that rooted up into the neighbors' garage floor and buckled the concrete. It would root up in my foundation plantings about 40 ft away from the tree. They grow to be HUGE and have very soft wood that breaks off in whole sections during high wind. Ours had a huge limb fall onto the neighbors car one time. (This was a shared tree with them in the property line that their grandfather had planted about 25 yrs prior to us living there.) Very pretty fall color, fast growing, birds loved it and it is drought tolerant. Seeds of the tree we had sprouted all over in my flower beds and around the lawn. Not recommended for small yards, or around sidewalks or driveways or any water lines due to its invasive roots.

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