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Announcing the winners of the 2016 Garden.org Photo Contest!

This is it! Our month long photo contest has finished with 3,136 photos submitted by 169 different members. Today we reveal the Best of Show winners, as well as the winners of each individual category. Special thanks to Gardener's Supply for sponsoring this year's contest. Click to see the winners.

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Today's Featured Plants
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Little Jet Setter') Photo of the plant of the day
Rose Leaf Sage (Salvia involucrata)

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Recent Community Ideas
Rustic Raised BedsRustic Raised Beds
By Englishgardener, December 5, 2016

There are many benefits to using raised beds. I created a vegetable plot at the rear of my property in an area that previously had been an alleyway between the two rows of houses. The city sold this off to the residents, who fenced it off and incorporated it into their rear gardens. The ground was just compacted dirt and stone, so the easiest option was to create raised beds and use it as a vegetable plot. That is one benefit of raised beds: the ability to plant in an area of extremely poor soil. Raised beds also provide better drainage and, if you create them in a sensible size, you can reach into the middle of the bed without having to stand on the soil and compress it. My raised beds measure 8ft x 3ft and the smaller beds are 4ft x 4ft. I can work these comfortably from the side of the bed. As we get older, we all suffer the ravages of time and lose our athletic flexibility, making bending and stooping extremely difficult and even painful. The solution is to bring the garden up to a height with which we are comfortable. The same applies to those unfortunate enough to be wheelchair bound. There is no need for them to lose the pleasure of tending their gardens, when we can bring their plants up to a height that works for them.

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Multi-Hanging Plant Rack for a GreenhouseMulti-Hanging Plant Rack for a Greenhouse
By chris1948, December 3, 2016

Need more room to overwinter your hanging plants in your greenhouse(s), as I do? This easy-to-build rack will help.

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