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In-Place CompostingIn-Place Composting
November 22, 2014

If you are in the habit of throwing your kitchen waste down the garbage disposal, you are wasting valuable nutrients that would make your flowers and vegetables thrive. So, if you only have a little kitchen waste and not enough yard waste to compost, or if you don’t have a compost bin in your garden, you can do “in-place composting”.

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Winter Sowing and Freezer TapeWinter Sowing and Freezer Tape
November 21, 2014

Freezer tape is useful for wintersowing because it will hold up to the elements outdoors.

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Frost/Winter Insulation for GardensFrost/Winter Insulation for Gardens
November 20, 2014

Here's how I prepare my plants for frost and winter: I used to put stray/hay down around my bushes and plants to protect them and I used to wrap my bushes in burlap. I no longer do that, but storms in southern NH do hit hard, and we drop way below zero. My method may not work for everyone, however. It depends on your zone.

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A New Garden Without Turning Over SodA New Garden Without Turning Over Sod
November 19, 2014

When making a new garden of any size, I use the lasagna method. In a large garden or a small spot where only dirt grows, this effortless plan works well if it's started a season before planting.

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Forcing Perfect PaperwhitesForcing Perfect Paperwhites
November 18, 2014

This is a foolproof way to force those beautiful and fragrant paperwhites successfully, without having them get leggy and fall over. They look so beautiful on a windowsill in the cold winter months.

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The Wonderful YarrowThe Wonderful Yarrow
November 17, 2014

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, has been known and loved for thousands of years, and in fact, its name came from the Greek hero, Achilles.

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Greenhouse 11 Degrees Warmer with Mylar BlanketsGreenhouse 11 Degrees Warmer with Mylar Blankets
November 16, 2014

Mylar blankets and a 65-watt incandescent lightbulb kept my greenhouse 11 degrees warmer.

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Replacing a Wall in Our HFGHReplacing a Wall in Our HFGH
November 15, 2014

The north-facing wall of our greenhouse is bordered by a mixed evergreen planting, so it contributes very little light. It also is the predominantly windward side. The impact in the winter is significant. I decided to replace it with a more efficient wall.

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Safely Killing Creepers and Suckers with HerbicideSafely Killing Creepers and Suckers with Herbicide
November 14, 2014

We have a voracious Chinese Wisteria, and sometimes it gets ahead of us. Suddenly it makes an appearance in our Juniper border 20' away, and here's how we safely deal with it. A variation of this technique can be used on Ailanthus.

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The Winners of the All Things Plants Photo Contest Are...The Winners of the All Things Plants Photo Contest Are...
November 13, 2014

All judging and voting is finished and we are ready to unveil the Best of Show winners, along with the blue ribbon winners of each category. Come in and check it out!

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ATP Photo Contest: Cast Your Votes for the Best of ShowATP Photo Contest: Cast Your Votes for the Best of Show
November 12, 2014

The first place winning photos in each category are now revealed, but voting isn't over! You now must choose your favorites from among them. The ones with the most votes will receive the Best of Show award. You have only 24 hours to vote.

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Are You Too Clean for Mother Nature?Are You Too Clean for Mother Nature?
November 11, 2014

Late July and early August are a great time of the year here in Indiana. Summer is in full swing, the State Fair is just getting ready to begin, and barbecues are roaring!

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Easy No-Maintenance Potting BenchEasy No-Maintenance Potting Bench
November 10, 2014

Built with cement block, cement glue in a tube, and leftover granite countertop.

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Get Extra Discounts on Your Gardening Needs Online from the Big Box StoresGet Extra Discounts on Your Gardening Needs Online from the Big Box Stores
November 9, 2014

Not only can online shopping sometimes be cheaper than shopping at the store, but sometimes your selection is better and there might be FREE delivery to your door!

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You Decide the Winners of the All Things Plants Photo ContestYou Decide the Winners of the All Things Plants Photo Contest
November 8, 2014

The entries are in and it's time to check out the photos that were submitted in our first annual photo contest. Each member may cast up to 3 votes in each category, so head over to the photo contest page, start browsing the many beautiful photos, and cast your votes for your favorites.

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Burlap and BulbsBurlap and Bulbs
November 7, 2014

Most of my plants are perennials, but I have a few bulbs that are not hardy in my zone. Here's how I solved the winter storage problem.

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Make a Root Waterer Using Recycled Plastic BottlesMake a Root Waterer Using Recycled Plastic Bottles
November 6, 2014

If you have a specific plant in your garden that requires consistent moisture, you can make a plastic beverage bottle function like a watering globe, only better.

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Stachytarpheta mutabilisStachytarpheta mutabilis
November 5, 2014

Stachytarpheta mutabilis is a hummingbird magnet!

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White Pine Shavings, Garden HelperWhite Pine Shavings, Garden Helper
November 4, 2014

I started using white pine shavings when I badly needed some carbon (dry browns) for a new compost mixture and didn't know where to get straw or dried leaves. I bought a bale of white pine shavings instead because they were cheap, not too heavy for me to carry, and easy to work with. I now like having them on hand for several uses, and I keep finding more.

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Hillbilly Redneck Wind ChimesHillbilly Redneck Wind Chimes
November 3, 2014

Create a unique set of wind chimes with a beautiful, silvery, delicate sound from old pieces of silver plate flatware.

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What Is a Keiki?What Is a Keiki?
November 2, 2014

Keiki is a Hawaiian word for "child." In the plant world, it is actually a clone of the parent plant. This term is often used in orchid propagation.

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Recycle Your PumpkinRecycle Your Pumpkin
November 1, 2014

Keep using those jack-o'-lanterns after Halloween. Use them as planters.

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Winter Weather Protection for Warmer ClimatesWinter Weather Protection for Warmer Climates
October 31, 2014

The term "winter protection for plants" can be a little different for those of us in warmer climates. It is possible for us to overwinter some plants right in their pots.

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Map Your GardenMap Your Garden
October 30, 2014

You don't know where you're going unless you know where you've been. Plant tags and markers can get lost or carried away by varmints, but a garden map tucked away in your garden notebook will always be there when spring arrives. Here are some easy tips for an accurate map.

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Don't Throw Out Those Pelargoniums at the End of the Season!Don't Throw Out Those Pelargoniums at the End of the Season!
October 29, 2014

Storksbill geraniums (Pelargoniums) are a beloved staple in summer containers and landscaping. Every fall most of the summer's selections end up being tossed out, or composted, without a second thought. What you might not know is that Pelargoniums are simple to overwinter, and not as houseplants that require care!

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