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Hosta Light Requirement TidbitsHosta Light Requirement Tidbits
By Hostalady on June 10, 2017

Here are some hosta light/sun requirement tidbits (with examples) gleaned from my experience.

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Gable End Vent for My HFGHGable End Vent for My HFGH
By Eric4home on June 8, 2017

This article was written with the home greenhouse gardener in mind and especially the Harbor Freight Greenhouse projects https://garden.org/thread/view/21716/Harbor-Freight-Greenhouse-projects/?offset=940#end_of_thread (HFGH) thread, but would actually be adaptable to almost anyone with a similar frame greenhouse.

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Gardening on a HillGardening on a Hill
By tinabarlow on June 7, 2017

I have battled mowing a hill for years, I finally decided to plant flowers and do landscaping where it was hard to stand up. Putting in railroad ties for steps on a hill is great. Now I can actually walk up and down the hill without rolling down. You can also see in the pictures that I put flowerbeds on either side of the steps. An arbor, simply made out of pressure-treated posts, with long bolts holding them together and then set in concrete, gives the wisteria plenty of support. When planting on a steep hill, you have to make sure everything gets watered well until established as rain runs off a hill so fast it doesn't give the plants the water it needs. I also have juniper shrubs on another hillside that help with erosion and that's another area I don't have to worry about mowing. I actually have raised beds on some of my slopes.

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Ice Cube Poppies (Growing Poppies in Warm-Spring Areas)Ice Cube Poppies (Growing Poppies in Warm-Spring Areas)
By Jai_Ganesha on June 6, 2017

Annual poppies, such as Shirley poppies and breadseed poppies, are fleeting and ephemeral bloomers. Compared to other annuals, the flowers last only a short while, but in that relatively short time period, their beauty can and will steal your heart forever. This article offers hope to those who live in areas with warm and humid springs (such as the American Southeast) and who want to grow annual poppy varieties, such as the Shirley poppy or breadseed poppy.

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ATP Podcast #109: Working Your LandATP Podcast #109: Working Your Land
By dave on May 24, 2017

This episode is a little different from our usual gardening topics. Today we discuss some of our thoughts and ideas of living a semi self-sufficient lifestyle, and we talk about growing animals for food.

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ATP Podcast #108: Plants of the Smoky MountainsATP Podcast #108: Plants of the Smoky Mountains
By dave on May 4, 2017

We recently took a trip to East Tennessee to visit the Smoky Mountains National Park, and in this podcast we will discuss our thoughts about the plants that grow in the Appalachian Mountains.

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Daffodil CorsetDaffodil Corset
By Fleur569 on April 6, 2017

After the delightful blooms of daffodils have faded and the leaves must stay on to nourish the bulbs for next year's bloom, my solution is to get their corsets out and tidy up the bulge.

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ATP Podcast #106: Pruning Clematis, Some Thoughts on Herbicides, and Other StuffATP Podcast #106: Pruning Clematis, Some Thoughts on Herbicides, and Other Stuff
By dave on February 24, 2017

Trish shares her tips on pruning clematis, Dave shares some thoughts on untraditional non-organic herbicides, and of course we share plenty of regular folksy gardening banter! :)

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ATP Podcast #105: All About OnionsATP Podcast #105: All About Onions
By dave on February 13, 2017

How do you grow onions? What varieties should you grow? How do you care for them, harvest them, cure them, etc? In today's episode we cover all things onions.

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Making Small Seedling Pots from Sports Drink ContainersMaking Small Seedling Pots from Sports Drink Containers
By chris1948 on February 5, 2017

Tired of needing to put your seedlings into pots only to find you don't have any to spare?

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How To Organize Your Seeds or Confessions of a SeedaholicHow To Organize Your Seeds or Confessions of a Seedaholic
By DomehomeDee on February 2, 2017

When I first started “seeding” I kept my seeds in a shoebox, but then I read the seeds could benefit from being refrigerated, so the shoebox turned into a plastic box in the refrigerator. As my seed collection grew, so did the boxes, and then one Christmas I received a mini-frig from my chef husband. He wanted me out of the kitchen and the refrigerator.

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Waiting, Impatient, and I Want To Get DirtyWaiting, Impatient, and I Want To Get Dirty
By lilmoose on February 1, 2017

The days are getting longer, but my LFD is May 25. What do you do to keep from seeding too early?

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Foxglove BabiesFoxglove Babies
By maryjane on January 28, 2017

Foxglove plants are delightful in the garden. I started mine from seeds. (What do you do with a thousand sprouts? - That's another story!) It was a pleasure to find that my plants had made babies, but what to do with them? This is how I split mine to make new plants.

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ATP Podcast #104: The Joy of Winter SowingATP Podcast #104: The Joy of Winter Sowing
By dave on January 27, 2017

We're covered up with seeds from the recent Garden.org group seed swap, and it's time to go crazy with winter sowing! Come join in our excitement as we talk about this exciting and easy seed starting technique.

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Winter Sowing FlatsWinter Sowing Flats
By Eric4home on January 21, 2017

Due to all the other gardening chores of spring, I often find it difficult to find time to transplant winter-sown seedlings, so I came up with an easier way to hold the seedlings till I have time.

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ATP Podcast #103: The Return of the PodcastATP Podcast #103: The Return of the Podcast
By dave on January 19, 2017

It's been a long year full of activity, especially centered around getting the National Gardening Association back on its feet. We're excited for what the new year will begin, and to get the podcast back! Enjoy the first of what will be many podcast episodes this year.

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Emperor Tulips Truly Are PerennialEmperor Tulips Truly Are Perennial
By Newyorkrita on January 18, 2017

Try planting these larger-flowered tulips that will return faithfully year after year.

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Vertical GardeningVertical Gardening
By kmspainhou on January 11, 2017

Make my version of a "topsy-turvy" stack of pots with three materials you might have lying around in your basement. A favorite of bumblebees and butterflies, this vertical gardening idea is also great for areas with little space. Materials needed are one long metal vegetable stake, 4-7 clay pots of differing sizes, and a couple of cans of old spray paint.

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Decorating the Porch for ChristmasDecorating the Porch for Christmas
By Paul2032 on December 15, 2016

I have enough Christmas things to decorate several rooms with much left over, but at this time in my life I keep things simple. I do like to decorate the porch so it will seem welcoming. I prefer natural things like berries, crab apples, evergreens, cones, etc. Most of these things I can collect from my own yard or the yards of family members and friends. I like them arranged in urns or baskets, and they last until the New Year, when I discard them. Here are a couple of examples for this year:

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Planting a Garlic Matrix, No Strings AttachedPlanting a Garlic Matrix, No Strings Attached
By frankrichards16 on December 13, 2016

Here is a quick and easy method of planting allium (garlic & shallots) in really tight rows (matrix). Using this method I can fast plant 200 allium in a 5x10 foot garden. In addition, later on it's really easy to spot any cloves that did not sprout.

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The Miracle of a SeedThe Miracle of a Seed
By Anderwood on December 9, 2016

During this time of year, so much hope and anticipation lie ahead, all bundled up in a seed.

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More Concrete Hardscaping for the GardenMore Concrete Hardscaping for the Garden
By beckygardener on December 7, 2016

Concrete is my favorite medium to work with for hardscape structures. I look at concrete in various forms and try to figure out ways to use them in my garden. This is my latest idea.

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Rustic Raised BedsRustic Raised Beds
By Englishgardener on December 5, 2016

There are many benefits to using raised beds. Here's one way to make a nice attractive rustic raised bed.

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Multi-Hanging Plant Rack for a GreenhouseMulti-Hanging Plant Rack for a Greenhouse
By chris1948 on December 3, 2016

Need more room to overwinter your hanging plants in your greenhouse(s), as I do? This easy-to-build rack will help.

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Sempervivum 101Sempervivum 101
By valleylynn on November 27, 2016

Sempervivums are plants that originate on the European continent. Found at high altitudes known as alpine zones, they thrive in this harsh and rugged terrain. Sempervivums are becoming increasingly popular in the United States as gardeners fall in love with the textures and colors of these amazing little plants.

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