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ATP Podcast #102: Talking Tomatoes, Part 2ATP Podcast #102: Talking Tomatoes, Part 2
By dave, April 7, 2016

Last episode we talked about selecting varieties, prepping the site, fertilizing, transplanting, supporting the plants and all that. In this episode we finish talking about tomatoes, covering the various problems, pests, and diseases. Trish also shares her amazing tips on preserving the tomatoes. Don't miss this podcast!

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April is National Garden MonthApril is National Garden Month
By dave, April 1, 2016

Every April communities, organizations, and individuals nationwide celebrate gardening during National Garden Month. ATP is glad to join in the celebration.

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Trying out The Hoss Single Wheel HoeTrying out The Hoss Single Wheel Hoe
By dave, March 28, 2016

Dave got his hands on one of these snazzy single wheel hoes from Hoss Tools and gives his full review in this video.

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ATP Podcast #101: Talking Tomatoes, Part 1ATP Podcast #101: Talking Tomatoes, Part 1
By dave, March 23, 2016

It's that time of year again when our thoughts turn to vegetables gardening, and the first thing we think about in that category of gardening is tomatoes. In this episode, we discuss selecting tomato varieties, site prep, hardening off transplants, and much more.

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What Is Hugelkultur?What Is Hugelkultur?
By Artistwantobe, March 21, 2016

Hugelkultur is an ancient method of raised-bed gardening, one that utilizes fallen wood. It has been used in Europe for centuries. In German it translates to "mound culture." Building one of these mounds takes a bit of work, but it will last for a long time, and it will be a self-watering, self-feeding, and self-composting raised bed! I have built mine in the vegetable garden, but you could have one serving as a perennial flower bed.

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How I Keep Squirrels from Digging Up My Seedlings and SeedsHow I Keep Squirrels from Digging Up My Seedlings and Seeds
By Xeramtheum, March 20, 2016

There is nothing more disheartening than checking on your seedlings and pots only to discover that the squirrels have been digging in them. This is my solution to keeping squirrels out of my seedlings and pots in the spring.

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Galvanized Trough Drilling 101Galvanized Trough Drilling 101
By springcolor, March 19, 2016

Using galvanized livestock troughs for planting is a great idea, but the drilling is no easy job.

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Cowpen Daisy, Verbesina encelioidesCowpen Daisy, Verbesina encelioides
By frostweed, March 18, 2016

This lovely flower deserves a place of honor in every butterfly garden.

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Grow Your Own BouquetsGrow Your Own Bouquets
By awesomeblossom, March 17, 2016

Grow your own bouquets by keeping a cutting garden of your own.

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ATP Podcast #100: Welcome to The National Gardening AssociationATP Podcast #100: Welcome to The National Gardening Association
By dave, March 15, 2016

After a 4 month break, the ATP podcast is back and we're sharing news about our taking over the National Gardening Association. In this episode, we tell the story of how we came to acquire the NGA, what our hopes and dreams are, and what we're planning to do with it in the short and long term.

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The March 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The March 2016 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, March 11, 2016

Finally, the first raffle of the year! We have lots of prizes lined up, so come on in and take a look!

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Growing Adenium PlantsGrowing Adenium Plants
By drdawg, March 3, 2016

Although the Adenium ("Desert Rose") has all the looks of a succulent, with a water-reservoir trunk and root form, it is not grown the same way as a typical succulent.

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The National Gardening Association and All Things PlantsThe National Gardening Association and All Things Plants
By dave, March 1, 2016

We have some big news to share with our members. Click to read more.

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Bury the Remote Temperature SensorBury the Remote Temperature Sensor
By CarolineScott, February 28, 2016

To get an idea of ground temperatures, bury the remote sensor of a thermometer.

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Repurpose Yogurt Cups into Small Plant PotsRepurpose Yogurt Cups into Small Plant Pots
By donnabking, February 26, 2016

Save a few bucks, and do yourself and the landfill a favor. Save that yogurt cup. Instead of spending your hard earned cash on small single plant sized pots, just make a simple alteration and you are good to go.

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Temporary GreenhouseTemporary Greenhouse
By drdawg, February 24, 2016

Many people don't have the room for or don't want to/can't spend the money for a permanent greenhouse. Building a temporary one outside can be challenging because high winds can literally blow it away. Here is a solution to that dilemma.

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Starting Seeds Indoors Under Fluorescent LightsStarting Seeds Indoors Under Fluorescent Lights
By DavidLMO, February 22, 2016

Starting seeds indoors over winter can give you a leg up, save lots of money, and give you something to do in the dreary period. I grow from 500 to 1000 plants in my basement each year. A decent set up can be put together without spending a fortune.

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February's Flower: Violas (Violets and Pansies)February's Flower: Violas (Violets and Pansies)
By dave, February 1, 2016

Violets are February's Birth Flower. Let's learn about these dainty little spring blooming plants.

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The Top 10 Hand Tools Every Gardener NeedsThe Top 10 Hand Tools Every Gardener Needs
By Trish, January 29, 2016

We put the question to our members: What are your favorite hand tools? They responded with all their favorites, and after combing through all the nominations, we now present the list of the top hand tools from the ATP members!

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Tell us your Favorite Shade PlantsTell us your Favorite Shade Plants
By dave, January 20, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite shade plants! Come on in and read how to nominate your favorites! We will later publish a final article on the top picks.

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Tell us your Favorite Hand ToolsTell us your Favorite Hand Tools
By dave, January 11, 2016

We're putting together a list of the ATP members' favorite hand tools. Nominate your favorite tools this week, and soon afterwards we will have a special vote where the members will decide which are the ATP Favorite Hand Tools. This is going to be a fun activity.

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Post your Multi-Plant PhotosPost your Multi-Plant Photos
By dave, January 4, 2016

In an effort to promote our Multi-Plant Photos feature, Paul2032 is giving bonus acorns to the next 10 different members who post a photo to this area of the site. Update: The activity is now over!

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Three Group Seed Swaps You Should Check OutThree Group Seed Swaps You Should Check Out
By dave, December 21, 2015

There are three group seed swaps currently recruiting members. The idea is that a large group of members get together, and each person lists the seeds they have. They then each call dibs on each other's seeds and at the end each person mails what was dibbed to a central person, who then mails each person's items back out. It's a fantastic way to get a huge amount of new seeds. Click to find out more!

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The Contest is Over! Associating Forum Images with Plants was a Huge Success!The Contest is Over! Associating Forum Images with Plants was a Huge Success!
By dave, December 20, 2015

For the past week, we've been holding a fun activity where members associated images in the forums with plants in the database. It was wildly successful. Open to find out more.

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Contest: Associate Forum Images with PlantsContest: Associate Forum Images with Plants
By dave, December 12, 2015

It's December and we're holding a fun activity that will have you exploring the forums, finding photos that have been posted, and associating those photos with plants in the database. Open to find out more!

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