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Kill Virginia Creeper ... Not Quite OrganicallyKill Virginia Creeper ... Not Quite Organically
June 15, 2017

Not long ago NGA member WARYR1 posted a query in the Ask A Question Forum: "What is an organic way to get rid of Virginia Creeper?" The question received many excellent replies. To date, there are 23 replies. One suggestion involved pouring herbicide into a trash can and stuffing the vines into the can. The purpose of that method was to contain the herbicide and reduce the risk of damage to desirable plants.

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Nontoxic, Recycled Wasp (Yellowjacket) TrapsNontoxic, Recycled Wasp (Yellowjacket) Traps
June 14, 2017

How to create a wasp trap using empty water bottles. The idea behind it is, the wasps grab a bite to eat, then fall into the soapy water.

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Strawberry Fields ForeverStrawberry Fields Forever
June 13, 2017

Paint "strawberries" from walnuts!

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Hail, Yes!Hail, Yes!
June 12, 2017

Many of us have daylilies that we leave to the fickle fate that Mom Nature provides and we deal with whatever the outcome is. Sometimes Mom gives us hail.

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Tomato Plants for FreeTomato Plants for Free
June 11, 2017

We were all taught to remove the lateral shoots when growing tomato plants. This is the shoot that appears in the axis between the stem and leaf, also known as axial shoot, sucker, etc. The removal of these shoots would enable the plant to put all of its energy into fruit production. We were advised to pick out and discard, but not anymore!

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Hosta Light Requirement TidbitsHosta Light Requirement Tidbits
June 10, 2017

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

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The June 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The June 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
June 9, 2017

Time for another raffle, the biggest of the year!

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Gable End Vent for My HFGHGable End Vent for My HFGH
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
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)
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
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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The May Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The May Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
May 12, 2017

Time for another raffle!!

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ATP Podcast #108: Plants of the Smoky MountainsATP Podcast #108: Plants of the Smoky Mountains
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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The April Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The April Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
April 7, 2017

Another month, another raffle! This being spring, we have a GREAT lineup of awesome prizes from some of the best companies out there. We also have a new tool being provided as a prize!

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Daffodil CorsetDaffodil Corset
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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The March 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The March 2017 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
March 10, 2017

It's the first raffle of the year and we've got 7 prizes total from 4 different companies. If you have acorns, get them out and buy some tickets for a chance to win!

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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