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The Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)The Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
By Baja_Costero on August 18, 2020

The ponytail palm is one of the most common succulent trees in cultivation. Its interesting form and ease of care make it an excellent house plant or patio plant, given good drainage and lots of light.

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Light and Darkness in Our EnvironmentLight and Darkness in Our Environment
By nativeplantlover on July 4, 2020

Can we discuss LIGHT? -Not natural sunlight or how much you need or don't need for plants to grow properly, but the light that we as humans beings generate, especially in the last 50 years or so. Could you take a moment to think over your relationship with light in your gardens and on your property?

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Filling Holes/Cavities in TreesFilling Holes/Cavities in Trees
By cwhitt on June 24, 2020

Is it possible to save or prolong the life of a tree with holes or cavities in it? YES, it is!

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Cheat Sempervivum GravelCheat Sempervivum Gravel
By Johannian on June 23, 2020

Especially during quarantine, people (at least where I am, in CA) haven't really been able to get to garden centers/nurseries. This was a big deal for me when I got my first sempervivums, because they need a certain type of gravel on top of the soil in order for the leaves not to rot. How did I manage without being able to get the special gravel?

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Plumbing Tools for GardeningPlumbing Tools for Gardening
By ShadyGreenThumb on May 30, 2020

Let's think outside of the box. I love using things for other than their original purpose. A pipe cutter can be used to cut branches just as easily as it cuts pipes into pieces.

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Vegetable Victory Garden Webinar by Charlie NardozziVegetable Victory Garden Webinar by Charlie Nardozzi
By dave on April 22, 2020

In honor of Earth Day, and to support those new gardeners trying vegetable gardening for the first time due to the pandemic, Charlie is offering this free 1-hour long webinar all about the basics of vegetable gardening. It includes information on siting the garden, soil, vegetable varieties, planting schemes, maintenance, and more.

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Good News From the Garden- AprilGood News From the Garden- April
By Trish on March 30, 2020

Let's (virtually) meet and lift our spirits by sharing some Gardening Good News. What's blooming and growing in your garden this month?

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Good News from the Garden, late MarchGood News from the Garden, late March
By dave on March 23, 2020

Our lives are currently dominated by news. Let's lift our spirits with some good news from our gardens!

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Book: ​The Beginner's Guide to Growing Herbs and their Culinary, Medicinal and Mystical PropertiesBook: ​The Beginner's Guide to Growing Herbs and their Culinary, Medicinal and Mystical Properties
By visitor on February 13, 2020

Sure, it's snowing outside, but everyone knows a smart gardener starts planning before the first signs of Spring. In 2019, Unsolicited Press released "The Beginner's Guide to Growing Herbs and their Culinary, Medicinal and Mystical Properties" by Gary Carter, a comprehensive herbal gardening book to help gardeners diversify their gardens.

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Anthers opening up (dehiscence) on AmaryllisAnthers opening up (dehiscence) on Amaryllis
By cwhitt on January 28, 2020

For an amaryllis flower to release pollen, the anther that holds the pollen must first mature and open. This splitting open of the anthers is called dehiscence.

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Pretty PetchoasPretty Petchoas
By LarryR on January 16, 2020

There's a new annual on the spring planting scene that's giving petunias and calibrachoas a run for their money. Meet the petchoa. The name looks and sounds strange, but it's merely the combination of the first part of "petunia" and the last part of "calibrachoa." The plant itself is a cross of the two.

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Growing  Perennial Foods: A field guide to raising resilient herbs, fruits & vegetables: A Book ReviewGrowing Perennial Foods: A field guide to raising resilient herbs, fruits & vegetables: A Book Review
By Trish on May 9, 2019

Right from the beginning of the book, you really get the idea that not only does Acadia know what she's talking about, she is passionate about it! This book isn't technical, but also doesn't talk down to readers. Acadia is right there with you, explaining everything, encouraging you, and giving you all the info you need on growing various perennial vegetables. I love that she covers not just the details about varieties but how to grow and harvest each one.

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For Member Begonia LoversFor Member Begonia Lovers
By LAbegoniac on April 19, 2019

The Louisiana E-Branch of the American Begonia Society has a new website: www.bayoubegonia.com. We hope you will visit and don't forget the ABS site: www.begonias.org.

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100 Years of Celebrating the Iris100 Years of Celebrating the Iris
By dave on April 8, 2019

For 100 years the American Iris Society has been working with and for iris hybridizers, growers and iris lovers (irisarians) to promote and advance the "flower of the rainbow."

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"Jumping Worms""Jumping Worms"
By marysp on March 27, 2019

"Jumping worms" is the new reality in Wisconsin

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Propagating Amaryllis Seeds by FloatingPropagating Amaryllis Seeds by Floating
By cwhitt on September 21, 2018

Although an exercise in patience, growing Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs from seed can be advantageous and offers the opportunity to hybridize something new, exciting and different in the world of Amaryllis.

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Three Ways to have a "Wild" Time GardeningThree Ways to have a "Wild" Time Gardening
By dave on June 15, 2018

Each year as we rediscover the emerging beauty of our gardens, we can also welcome and enjoy birds, butterflies, pollinators and other wildlife. Garden for Wildlife Month in May and National Pollinator Week, June 18-24, 2018 remind us to prepare our gardens as a habitat for wildlife. Here are starter tips for wild friendly gardening.

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Reptile and Amphibian Public Opinion SurveyReptile and Amphibian Public Opinion Survey
By dave on November 20, 2017

As someone who enjoys gardening and probably encounters reptiles and amphibians in the course of their activity, the Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research invites you to take the 2017 Reptile and Amphibian Public Opinion Survey.

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National Pollinator Garden Network Closing In on Million Pollinator Garden Challenge GoalNational Pollinator Garden Network Closing In on Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Goal
By dave on October 10, 2017

National, regional, conservation, and gardening groups fight the decline of pollinator species by calling on all Americans to do their part

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Vegetable Gardening For DummiesVegetable Gardening For Dummies
By dave on September 26, 2017

Want to grow your own vegetables? You can do it the fun and easy way with this practical guide. From selecting the right spot to preparing the soil to harvesting, Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition shows you how to successfully raise vegetables regardless of the size of your plot or your dietary needs.

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Voting Open for National Garden Bureau’s 2017 Therapeutic Garden GrantVoting Open for National Garden Bureau’s 2017 Therapeutic Garden Grant
By dave on September 4, 2017

Grant aims to build and enhance therapeutic gardens across North America.

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Organic Farmer and Gardener Apprenticeship in Ecological HorticultureOrganic Farmer and Gardener Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture
By dave on August 30, 2017

Aspiring organic farmers and gardeners are invited to apply for the 2018 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Now celebrating its 50th year, the Apprenticeship is the longest running university-based organic farming training program in the U.S. Deadline to apply is September 30.

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Announcing the new Garden.org Ask a Question: KnowledgebaseAnnouncing the new Garden.org Ask a Question: Knowledgebase
By dave on August 24, 2017

We have launched a brand new Q&A feature for our members to enjoy. Ask questions, give answers, post comments on existing answers, and vote on your favorite items.

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All-America Selections Now Accepting Herbaceous Perennial Entries for TrialingAll-America Selections Now Accepting Herbaceous Perennial Entries for Trialing
By dave on August 11, 2017

All-America Selections, the only non-profit trialing organization for plants that demonstrate great garden performance throughout all of North America, is now accepting entries into their 2018-2021 (three winter) Herbaceous Perennial trial.

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Bloomberg Reports Bees Are Bouncing Back from Colony Collapse DisorderBloomberg Reports Bees Are Bouncing Back from Colony Collapse Disorder
By dave on August 10, 2017

The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component to agricultural production, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that’s affected hives in North America and Europe declined, according a U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee health survey released Tuesday.

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