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ATP Podcast #68: Why Don't We Do What We Don't Do?ATP Podcast #68: Why Don't We Do What We Don't Do?
By dave, August 14, 2014

Here's a fun topic. We often talk about what we do in the garden and why we do it, but today we're going to turn that around and look at a few common gardening things that a lot of people do, but that we don't do, and we'll talk about why we don't do them.

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A Flower Pot for All SeasonsA Flower Pot for All Seasons
By rocklady, August 13, 2014

It is a chore to keep plants in pots watered and looking nice during the hot summers as well as through the winter. I have found self-watering pots to be useful in helping me without a lot of work on my part. (I'm basically lazy.)

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Save and Re-Use Your Plastic Garden Supply Bags as Soaking ContainersSave and Re-Use Your Plastic Garden Supply Bags as Soaking Containers
By Polymerous, August 12, 2014

The original empty plastic bag containers for garden supplies such as fertilizer, dirt, compost, or mulch can be saved and re-used as plant soaking containers.

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Not Your Average Gardening ToolsNot Your Average Gardening Tools
By Xeramtheum, August 11, 2014

I have a tendency to look at pretty much every sort of tool as a possible garden tool. Over the years I've tried out just about everything, but I have whittled it down to about 9 tools I use consistently.

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Garden Art!  Like Your Garden, Uniquely Your OwnGarden Art! Like Your Garden, Uniquely Your Own
By grannysgarden, August 10, 2014

Some call it junk and some call it art. Whatever you call it, the art in your garden will be a reflection of your idea of creative repurposing.

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The August 2014 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The August 2014 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, August 9, 2014

Once again it's time for another raffle! These are so fun!! As always, we've got great prizes from great companies, so come check out the details, dig into your acorn stash and buy your tickets!

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Announcing the Winners of the Caladiums Photo ContestAnnouncing the Winners of the Caladiums Photo Contest
By dave, August 8, 2014

This week the members have been busy voting for their favorite photos submitted in the Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest. The winners have now been revealed! Come on in and see who won.

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ATP Podcast #67: In Praise of the Mighty ConeflowerATP Podcast #67: In Praise of the Mighty Coneflower
By dave, August 7, 2014

It's Daisies and Coneflowers week at All Things Plants so today we're going to talk about the noble Purple Coneflower, covering its history, its uses, how to grow it and a little bit about how it is used.

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The Top 25 ConeflowersThe Top 25 Coneflowers
By dave, August 4, 2014

We have almost a thousand images of coneflowers in our database, covering nearly 200 different kinds. But which are the most popular among ATP members? Let's find out!

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Echibeckia:  Intergeneric CrossEchibeckia: Intergeneric Cross
By springcolor, August 3, 2014

"Loves me, loves me not": When I was a teenager, this was a favorite game to tell me whether the current boyfriend loved me. You pulled the flower petals off the flower head and the last one told you the verdict. Daisy-like flowers have changed over the years. The latest plant trend is intergeneric crosses.

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The Top 25 DaisiesThe Top 25 Daisies
By dave, August 2, 2014

We know coneflowers are grown and loved by all, but what about daisies? There are 24 genera in our database that contain plants that are considered daisies. Among such a vast reach of plants, which are the most popular among ATP members? Let's have a look!

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Recycle Old FountainsRecycle Old Fountains
By rocklady, August 1, 2014

When we decided to replace the fountain in our sunroom, we thought of another use.

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All Members Are Invited To Judge the Caladiums Photo Contest!All Members Are Invited To Judge the Caladiums Photo Contest!
By dave, August 1, 2014

The 2014 Caladiums photo contest, sponsored by Caladium Bulbs 4 Less, is now finished and 174 photos have been entered. Come check out all the great photos and pick your favorites. The winners will get some great prizes!

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Lasagna GardeningLasagna Gardening
By foraygardengirl, July 31, 2014

Start a new garden by planting right on top of your lawn!

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ATP Podcast #66: Summer Chores and Preparing for Fall GardeningATP Podcast #66: Summer Chores and Preparing for Fall Gardening
By dave, July 30, 2014

TODO items for late summer, presented by Trish, and preparing for the fall garden, presented by Dave! The month of July is coming to a close and that means it's time to start thinking about the fall gardening season. But wait, you might say, we're in the dog days of summer, and you're already talking about fall gardening? Yes indeed, now is the time to get your fall gardening plans in order.

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Bring a Snake into Your Home!Bring a Snake into Your Home!
By fiwit, July 29, 2014

On Oct 31, 1997, I discovered a baby rattlesnake in my home office, curled up behind my chair. That is NOT the kind of snake I recommend you bring into your house. Instead, adopt a Snake Plant, also called Mother-in-Law's Tongue. The perfect house plant, it's easy to grow, difficult to kill, and its broad leaves make it very effective at removing toxins from the air.

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Use Tomato Cages To Protect Plants from DogsUse Tomato Cages To Protect Plants from Dogs
By holity, July 28, 2014

When it's hard to separate your dogs and your plants, some plants run the risk of getting stomped into oblivion or dug out. Here's a low-cost solution.

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Sphagnum Moss vs. Peat MossSphagnum Moss vs. Peat Moss
By drdawg, July 27, 2014

If there ever is confusion concerning plant products, interpreting the labeling of sphagnum moss and peat moss is high on the list.

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Our Herb SpiralOur Herb Spiral
By dave, July 26, 2014

In early 2012 we built an herb spiral and it has since become a cornerstone of our gardens. Allow me to take a moment to share with you how and why we built this amazingly useful garden structure.

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Announcing the ATP and Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest!Announcing the ATP and Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest!
By dave, July 25, 2014

Our friends at Caladium Bulbs 4 Less are sponsoring our very first photo contest at All Things Plants, and there are prizes to win! Do you have great photos of caladiums? Then enter them in our contest and win prizes along with the admiration of your peers!

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Beautiful Lamb's EarsBeautiful Lamb's Ears
By SongofJoy, July 25, 2014

One of my favorite foliage plants is the 'Silver Carpet' variety of Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina). It's tough and semi-drought-tolerant.

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Indoor Cactus Gardening 101Indoor Cactus Gardening 101
By kararenee, July 24, 2014

A beginner's guide to growing cacti and succulents indoors.

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ATP Podcast #65: Xeriscaping in the GardenATP Podcast #65: Xeriscaping in the Garden
By dave, July 23, 2014

We took last week off but we're back and ready to talk about gardening. It's Xeriscaping Week at ATP and today we're going to dive down deep into the topic of xeriscaping. What is xeriscaping? Is it only for desert regions? Is it something that you can put into practice in your own garden? Find out in today's episode of the ATP podcast!

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The Magic in YarrowThe Magic in Yarrow
By Sharon, July 22, 2014

There was magic, she said, in the plants we gathered from the mountain. Magic plants had three reasons for living: They gave us food, they gave us medicine, and they gave us beauty. She said yarrow was truly magic because it was also a plant that could live with very little water. To me, the very best part about yarrow was that it was so old it had a story to tell. That made it even more magical. I loved Aunt Bett's stories.

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Some of My Favorite Xeriscape Plants Are Real StinkersSome of My Favorite Xeriscape Plants Are Real Stinkers
By SongofJoy, July 21, 2014

I love stapeliads, especially Stapelia gigantea. Some people say the blooms emit a terrible odor. Others say they can't smell them at all.

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