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Fun Garden Art to Make With Children!Fun Garden Art to Make With Children!
By beckygardener on July 18, 2022

Need some easy garden art projects to do with your children or grandkids? These two easy projects will delight them! They can use their imagination and come up with some great face pot and miniature gardens in a glass ideas!

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Looking in the windows: A few HaworthiasLooking in the windows: A few Haworthias
By Baja_Costero on May 25, 2022

Few small succulents attract the eye and reward close inspection better than the windowed Haworthias.

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Some Commonly Confused Succulents, and How To Properly Identify ThemSome Commonly Confused Succulents, and How To Properly Identify Them
By Aeonium2003 on April 29, 2022

I write this as a guide to identifying succulents that are often confused with each other. This is intended to be a reference when commenting on misidentified succulents in the plant photos database. Misidentification among succulents is prevalent due to the sheer number of similar looking species and hybrids. It is common even among well-known nurseries, which may sell misidentified plants.

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Yes! You Can Start Seeds in a Zone 6a Coldframe in the Middle of WinterYes! You Can Start Seeds in a Zone 6a Coldframe in the Middle of Winter
By jewlgurl on February 8, 2022

Late Dec - Early Jan seed sowing. How to make a winter cold frame garden succeed.

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Fall is a great time to start a new garden area for spring - without having to dig up the grassFall is a great time to start a new garden area for spring - without having to dig up the grass
By purpleinopp on October 28, 2021

All you need are a few basic items, most of which you may be able to gather for free, like some discarded cardboard boxes, some mulch and/or other organic matter, and an hour or two of your time. Adding the border of your choice is optional.

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Watermark Woods: Growing NativeWatermark Woods: Growing Native
By critterologist on August 23, 2021

Discover THE native plant destination for mid-Atlantic gardeners.

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Staying Hydrated While Working in the GardensStaying Hydrated While Working in the Gardens
By bloominholes2fill on July 14, 2021

Strenuous activity in extreme heat and humidity can definitely lead to serious health problems. "Remember to drink plenty of water," Mom used to say, each early morning, before my siblings and I left for high school band camp, but really, how much is enough water to stay out of the ER? ūü§∑

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By melrkersley on July 10, 2021

My idea for recycling a left over part of a broken sola light!

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Free recycled plant-potsFree recycled plant-pots
By Serpent on July 7, 2021

Refuse - can't always, nearly everything comes from a factory in plastic containers! Recycle - sure, but you don't know whether it actually is recycled, or at what cost. Reuse - Bingo!

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My Passion in the Garden, Take a PeekMy Passion in the Garden, Take a Peek
By nativeplantlover on June 23, 2021

You love your garden in bloom right now, don't you? Me too. It's heartwarming to know that so many people have an inborn love of botanical nature! The NGA hosts some positively amazing photographs! With hundreds of thousands of pictures to peruse, our joy in nature is clearly evident.

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Some annuals are great houseplants, some can be saved over winterSome annuals are great houseplants, some can be saved over winter
By purpleinopp on April 30, 2021

A lot of plants sold in the "annuals" section at stores are perennials that can't survive year-round outside where they are sold, so they are referred to as annuals to avoid any unrealistic expectations. Perennial plants have a range of hardiness zones, which can be easily checked if you're curious about a particular plant.

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Easy Propagation Station IdeaEasy Propagation Station Idea
By Kathy547 on December 22, 2020

Make a simple and cheap propagation station for all of your water-based cuttings.

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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: ‚ÄčThe Beginner's Guide to Growing Herbs and their Culinary, Medicinal and Mystical PropertiesBook: ‚ÄčThe 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: We hope you will visit and don't forget the ABS site:

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