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Delightful Miniature GardeningDelightful Miniature Gardening
By beckygardener on April 29, 2016

The wonder of tiny items and plants can spill over into gardening. Have you ever thought of creating a miniature garden scene? You'll be surprised at how easy it is.

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Fiddle Leaf Ficus (Fig)Fiddle Leaf Ficus (Fig)
By drdawg on April 27, 2016

There always seems to be a lot of interest in and questions asked me about growing Fiddle Leaf Ficus as a houseplant. Along with questions, there is also a lot of confusion as to exactly what sort of houseplant the Fiddle Leaf actually is.

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The Excellent SorghumThe Excellent Sorghum
By dave on April 25, 2016

Sorghum is in the grass family and is closely related to corn. In fact, when it's young it is nearly impossible to differentiate it from corn. If anyone ever tells you they have volunteer corn in their garden, you can sound smart by guessing that it's sorghum.

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Cast Concrete LeavesCast Concrete Leaves
By HollyAnnS on April 23, 2016

Are you in need of a nice birdbath or fountain? Maybe you need a present for a friend or family member? Do you have some rather large leaves and don't know what to do with them? Maybe some nice big Hosta, Canna, Castor Bean, or tropical plant leaves? Well I have an idea: Let's make some cast concrete leaves.

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Preventing Premature Orchid Bloom DropPreventing Premature Orchid Bloom Drop
By TheOrchidGirl on April 22, 2016

Have you ever bought an orchid in bloom, only to see its flowers fall off a few days later? If so, read on! :D

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Staking Tall DelphiniumsStaking Tall Delphiniums
By foraygardengirl on April 21, 2016

Nothing is worse than watching your lovely tall spikes of blooming delphiniums get flattened by rain and wind.

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Juliet Grape Tomatoes. Productive and FoolproofJuliet Grape Tomatoes. Productive and Foolproof
By Newyorkrita on April 20, 2016

Try these remarkably carefree and productive grape-shaped tomatoes for salads or for eating fresh.

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Custom Planter BoxCustom Planter Box
By tropicgirl on April 19, 2016

I had an awkward space and wanted to block a garbage can, so I decided to build a custom planter box.

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PVC & Vinyl Lattice Garden Arch/TrellisPVC & Vinyl Lattice Garden Arch/Trellis
By Brinybay on April 18, 2016

For those who don't have technical skills or the patience to draw plans.

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Adenium RepottingAdenium Repotting
By drdawg on April 17, 2016

Adeniums are grown not only for their beautiful flowers, but also for their unusual caudex formation. Manipulating the plants when young might produce different caudex results.

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Garden Gnome, Elf, or Fairy HouseGarden Gnome, Elf, or Fairy House
By maryjane on April 16, 2016

What gardener doesn't like to recycle everything they can? Gather a few leaves, pick up some weather worn mulch or bark from fallen branches, and use an empty container for a rainy afternoon project. Imagination is the prime ingredient for this project.

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The Miracle of a SeedThe Miracle of a Seed
By Anderwood on April 15, 2016

During this time of year, so much anticipation lies in the power of a tiny seed. It gives gardeners ideas. Nature brings those ideas to life

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ATP Podcast #102: Talking Tomatoes, Part 2ATP Podcast #102: Talking Tomatoes, Part 2
By dave on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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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Growing Adenium PlantsGrowing Adenium Plants
By drdawg on 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 on 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 on February 28, 2016

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

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