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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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Ten-Dollar GreenhouseTen-Dollar Greenhouse
By JaneLee on July 12, 2021

This is my latest idea for a super cheap greenhouse but I cannot promise what it will cost in your country or area. It is made of a few common household items and store-bought supplies.

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Bubbles!Bubbles!
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: 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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