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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 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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Emperor Tulips Truly Are PerennialEmperor Tulips Truly Are Perennial
January 18, 2017

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

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Vertical GardeningVertical Gardening
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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All About American BeautyberryAll About American Beautyberry
November 25, 2016

I really look forward to fall when so many plants change into their colorful fall wardrobes; it's such a beautiful sight. The American Beautyberry is one such plant that makes quite a showing, boasting bright magenta berries that look much like bracelets of amethyst beads glistening in clusters along drooping branches.

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Fall Flower Garden Clean-UpFall Flower Garden Clean-Up
November 23, 2016

If you're like me and live in a cool climate, your gardening season will soon be coming to an end for another year. You've either got loads of work ahead of you cleaning out your flower gardens or you are ready to sit back and relax and leave the clean-up until spring.

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Collect Curbside Fall Leaves for Free MulchCollect Curbside Fall Leaves for Free Mulch
November 21, 2016

Each fall the last task to put the garden to sleep is to mulch everything with a thick blanket of fallen leaves. If you are like me, you don't have enough of your own to go on all of your beds. So, I go around my neighborhood and collect the bagged leaves put out by the curb.

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Recycle ... ReuseRecycle ... Reuse
November 19, 2016

Broken items can find a place in your garden.

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Broken Pots, Little Plants, and Some ImaginationBroken Pots, Little Plants, and Some Imagination
November 17, 2016

I have a pile of broken pots that I can't bear to throw away, a plastic container full of garden "miniatures" that I started collecting a long time ago, and lots of "baby" and small plants filling my shelves.Today I stirred in some creativity and it all came together!

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Tomatoes Cozy in Low TunnelTomatoes Cozy in Low Tunnel
November 15, 2016

We took a cutting from what we observed to be a cold-tolerant summer 2015 tomato plant and put it fully rooted into a low tunnel in our zone 8b south-facing garden. It was still happy after some 28-degree nights in the beginning of February 2016.

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Growing African VioletsGrowing African Violets
November 13, 2016

I love working in my garden, but each year the weather turns sometime in Oct/Nov as winter approaches. The only thing left to do on an occasional good day is raking leaves or cutting back perennials. This is when houseplants become important to me.

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Simple-To-Make SalsasSimple-To-Make Salsas
November 11, 2016

The two salsas that I teach my students to make are salsa cocida, which is cooked, and salsa cruda, which is raw, much like Pico de gallo.

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DIY Aloe Vera GelDIY Aloe Vera Gel
November 7, 2016

Don't waste money on store-bought aloe gel that doesn't offer relief but does drain your wallet!

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An Arrangement for Each SeasonAn Arrangement for Each Season
November 5, 2016

An ivy draping over the side of a pot is always attractive, but being able to change the main event is even better.

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Convenient Method To Overwinter AnnualsConvenient Method To Overwinter Annuals
November 3, 2016

In the fall, I have always brought in cuttings from my annuals to overwinter and to have ready for my window boxes and pots for spring. I would grow them in 4-inch plastic pots on my windowsills covered with tin foil, which created a mess, and if I wanted to move them to another location, it took quite a while to move all of the separate pots.

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The October Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The October Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
October 14, 2016

This is it! The final raffle of the year, and we've got some fantastic prizes set up for you.

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