Gardening News and Ideas by Trish

The Top 10 Hand Tools Every Gardener NeedsThe Top 10 Hand Tools Every Gardener Needs
January 29, 2016

We put the question to the National Gardening Association members: What are your favorite hand tools? They responded with all their favorites, and after combing through all the nominations, we now present the list of the top hand tools from Garden.org!

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Happy Thanksgiving!Happy Thanksgiving!
November 26, 2015

From all of our household to all of you- Happy Thanksgiving!

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Video: Planting Mums in PumpkinsVideo: Planting Mums in Pumpkins
October 19, 2015

Pumpkins can make fun whimsical planting containers for your fall mums. Trish shows you how to turn a carving pumpkin into a snazzy mum planter.

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All About ConeflowersAll About Coneflowers
August 16, 2015

Easy to grow, beautiful to look at, preferred by butterflies, and good for the body. Every garden should include Echinaceas!

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Hosta Information and Growing TipsHosta Information and Growing Tips
June 25, 2015

Fun, interesting, and helpful tidbits about Hostas.

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Grow AzaleasTop 5 Reasons You Should Grow Azaleas
April 16, 2015

I think everyone should grow Azaleas and Rhododendrons! Here are my top 5 reasons why they belong in your garden.

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Team Pick It Off, or Team Leave It Be?Team Pick It Off, or Team Leave It Be?
February 11, 2015

Many gardeners are beginning to start their seeds as spring approaches. Each gardener has their own way of doing things, so let's find out which team you are on!

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Celebrating Amaryllis -- Fun FactsCelebrating Amaryllis -- Fun Facts
January 20, 2015

Amaryllis and Hippeastrum have a long history in lore. We'll continue our celebration by exploring some fun facts about these plants.

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Merry Christmas!!Merry Christmas!!
December 25, 2014

From all of the Whitingers to all of our gardening friends: Merry Christmas!

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Team Natural or Team Artificial?Team Natural or Team Artificial?
December 24, 2014

It's Christmas Eve. Come grab a cup or glass of your beverage of choice and discuss your holiday decor with a few of your closest gardening friends!

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Team Natural or Team All FauxTeam Natural or Team All Faux
December 24, 2013

Continuing our fun ideas this week, let's talk about our holiday decor! Natural elements or all faux in your house. Share away- the more pictures, the better!

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Team  Poinsettias  or No Poinsettias?Team Poinsettias or No Poinsettias?
December 23, 2013

Continuing with our fun chat threads, come share with us about this popular winter plant.

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Feeding the BirdsFeeding the Birds
December 22, 2013

As we approach Christmas, we're turning the focus of our Ideas toward fun and chatty conversation. Today, let's talk about feeding the birds over the winter.

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"Team Overwinter" or "Team Buy New""Team Overwinter" or "Team Buy New"
December 21, 2013

As the first day of winter has officially arrived, annuals have been put away for the year. Let's talk about how you treat these tender plants in your garden.

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Simple Lily Growing TipsSimple Lily Growing Tips
July 17, 2013

Growing lilies isn't very complicated. Follow a few easy tips and watch these beauties grow!

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Baker Creek's Top 10 Picks: Vegetable FavoritesBaker Creek's Top 10 Picks: Vegetable Favorites
January 19, 2013

In honor of Vegetable and Annual week here on ATP, we asked our friends at Baker Creek to give us their top 10 favorite and rare vegetable varieties. Here they are!

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Simple and Natural Winter DecoratingSimple and Natural Winter Decorating
December 13, 2012

30 minutes, clippers and access to some evergreen material is all you need to add a little bit of nature inside your home.

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Team Natural or Team Artificial?Team Natural or Team Artificial?
December 9, 2012

Historically all indoor winter decor was natural. With the invention of artificial greenery, Team Artificial was created. I'll even allow that some bat for both teams. Whatever the case for your family, come share your holiday traditions of decorating with us!

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Winchester Gardens Fertilizer ReportWinchester Gardens Fertilizer Report
December 3, 2012

Your reviewing reporter, giving you the followup scoop on my fertilizer trials. Read about my experience with the fertilizers from Winchester Gardens.

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All About ATP: MicrobadgesAll About ATP: Microbadges
September 22, 2012

You've seen the little icons on the top right of each post. Find out what they are and how to get your own.

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All About ATP: AcornsAll About ATP: Acorns
September 21, 2012

Acorns are the currency of All Things Plants. Find out how to get them and what to do with them once you have a stockpile.

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All About ATP: The NewsletterAll About ATP: The Newsletter
September 20, 2012

ATP has a weekly newsletter that is mailed out in the wee hours of Saturday morning; ready for your weekend browsing.

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All About ATP: Using the Quote BoxAll About ATP: Using the Quote Box
September 19, 2012

At the bottom right of every post, you'll find a blue word that says "quote". Find out how to use it!

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All About ATP: BlogsAll About ATP: Blogs
September 18, 2012

A "blog" is a web log, or diary. You may create your very own here on ATP and use it for whatever purpose you'd like: keep up with your gardens, trades, or use it as a personal diary.

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All About ATP: How Do I Make My Text Bold, Italicized, Underlined, etc?All About ATP: How Do I Make My Text Bold, Italicized, Underlined, etc?
September 17, 2012

ATP uses BB code, and all members have access to use them. The list and directions on using BB codes to bold, underline,link, lists, and more can be found HERE

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All About ATP: Finding Out About New FeaturesAll About ATP: Finding Out About New Features
September 14, 2012

ATP is a busy and active place. Stay involved and up-to-date to gain the most out of your ATP experience!

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All About ATP: Change Your Email or PasswordAll About ATP: Change Your Email or Password
September 13, 2012

Your email is used on ATP to send you the newsletter and any notifications that you have received a tree-mail, if you signed up for that in your preferences. Your password is used to log you into ATP.

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All About ATP: Your ProfileAll About ATP: Your Profile
September 12, 2012

The "Your Profile" link at the top of every page contains the area in which your profile details are located.

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All About ATP: How Do I Return to My Home Page?All About ATP: How Do I Return to My Home Page?
September 11, 2012

The homepage of ATP is where you will find your tree-mail threads, your watched threads (when they have new replies) and your favorite watched forums. How do you get back to the homepage?

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All About ATP: Finding Other MembersAll About ATP: Finding Other Members
September 10, 2012

You may wish to find other members to send them a tree-mail, acorns, or to view their profile page to see their database contributions or view their plant list.

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All About ATP: SearchingAll About ATP: Searching
September 9, 2012

Searching is an important part of a site as large as ATP.

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All About ATP: What Does the Red "Yes!" Mean?All About ATP: What Does the Red "Yes!" Mean?
September 7, 2012

When viewing the list of forums or threads in a forum, you will see either a red "Yes!" or a grey "No" in the box to the left of the forum or thread name.

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All About ATP: Watching ThreadsAll About ATP: Watching Threads
September 6, 2012

Use the "watch threads" feature when you are interested in the topic, when you start a new topic, or when you reply to a thread.

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All About ATP: Starting New ThreadsAll About ATP: Starting New Threads
September 5, 2012

Starting new threads for each new topic keeps our forums easy to navigate and easier to chat with others about different topics.

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All About ATP: Forums, and How To Watch ThemAll About ATP: Forums, and How To Watch Them
September 4, 2012

There are dozens and dozens of forums on ATP - that's a lot! What's the best way to manage them?

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All About ATP: Customize the Number of Posts You SeeAll About ATP: Customize the Number of Posts You See
September 3, 2012

ATP allows you to choose the number of posts you see in each thread.

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All About ATP: Seeing the New PostsAll About ATP: Seeing the New Posts
September 2, 2012

Viewing new posts has never been quicker or easier.

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All About ATPAll About ATP
September 1, 2012

All this month I will be posting tips on how you can get the most out of your experience on All Things Plants. New members as well as those who have been around for a while might learn something new!

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Santa Rosa Gardens: A ReviewSanta Rosa Gardens: A Review
August 29, 2012

Santa Rosa Gardens is well known for their selection of grasses and new annual introductions. This week I voice my opinion of my order.

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Atlas Glove Sold from Cooper Safety - A ReviewAtlas Glove Sold from Cooper Safety - A Review
April 20, 2012

I wear gloves around the farm about as often as I wear shoes - never. These particular gloves, however, just might make me change my mind.

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Team Tool Hoarder, or Team Tool Few?Team Tool Hoarder, or Team Tool Few?
March 4, 2012

Tools tools tools- what's in your tool box?

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Team Heirloom or Team Hybrid?Team Heirloom or Team Hybrid?
February 26, 2012

When buying or planting your vegetable seeds, do you favor hybrids or heirlooms? Let's discuss!

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Team Fruity or Team Unfruity?Team Fruity or Team Unfruity?
February 19, 2012

Soft fruits, hard fruits, exotic fruits, vine fruits: do you grow them?

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Team "Spring Bulbs" or Team "No Bulbs for Me"?Team "Spring Bulbs" or Team "No Bulbs for Me"?
February 12, 2012

Signs of spring - do you grow early spring bulbs? Come share with us!

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Team Containers or Team Ground?Team Containers or Team Ground?
February 5, 2012

This week the topic is container gardening. Team Containers love to utilize containers, and Team Ground would rather just use the ground. Share your experiences with us!

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Team Herbs, or Team No Herbs?Team Herbs, or Team No Herbs?
January 29, 2012

Do you grow herbs in your garden? Let's discuss Team Herbs this week!

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Team Annual, or Team Perennial?Team Annual, or Team Perennial?
January 22, 2012

It's ordering season- let's talk about which you will have more of in your garden. Are you Team Annual or Team Perennial?

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Team Garden Designed, or Team Go with the Flow?Team Garden Designed, or Team Go with the Flow?
January 15, 2012

Some people are born planners, some like to experiment and see what happens. Come tell us what kind of gardener you are.

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Which Team: Team Order Now, or Team NOT YetWhich Team: Team Order Now, or Team NOT Yet
January 8, 2012

Catalogs are beginning to show up in our mailboxes. Have you started your spring ordering yet?

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Thanksgiving Week -- What Are Your Plans and Menu?Thanksgiving Week -- What Are Your Plans and Menu?
November 20, 2011

Here we are at week two of our ATP chat. Come tell us about what plans you have for the week!

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Team Seeds, or Plants?Team Seeds, or Plants?
November 6, 2011

What kind of gardener are you: Team Seeds, or Team Plants?

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Team Cold Season Annuals, or Team Done for the Year?Team Cold Season Annuals, or Team Done for the Year?
October 30, 2011

Are you a gardener who plants annuals for the cooler season, or do you call it a year and let your landscape be bare until spring?

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Which Season Is Your Team Favorite?Which Season Is Your Team Favorite?
October 16, 2011

Is spring automatically a gardener's favorite season? Let's find out in this week's Which Team article!

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Team Fresh Flowers Inside, or Team Flowers OutsideTeam Fresh Flowers Inside, or Team Flowers Outside
October 9, 2011

One thing that flower gardeners have is a lot of flowers. The question is: Do you bring them inside?

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Team Latin, or Team Common?Team Latin, or Team Common?
October 2, 2011

Latin names and common names: In honor of our quickly growing ATP Database, today we're going to explore which side ATPers are on.

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Team Lawn or Team No LawnTeam Lawn or Team No Lawn
September 25, 2011

Is your garden taking over your lawn, or are you staunchly keeping yours? Join me for this week's Which Team? article!

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Team Fertilize, or Team No FertilizeTeam Fertilize, or Team No Fertilize
September 18, 2011

There are too many teams to list on this Team Poll. Come tell us all about how you feed your plants.

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Team Water Feature, or No Water Feature?Team Water Feature, or No Water Feature?
September 11, 2011

Ponds, birdbaths, fountains, or just plain good soil- you are on one team or the other- let's find out which!

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Team Online Nursery or Team Local?Team Online Nursery or Team Local?
September 4, 2011

Gardeners have to have plants. It might even seem like the more we have, the more we want to have! The only question is: where do we primarily shop: online or locally?

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Team Garden Together, or Team Enjoyed Alone?Team Garden Together, or Team Enjoyed Alone?
August 28, 2011

Some things are meant to be shared, and some things are best enjoyed alone. Of course, those "things" are different for each of us! In your house, which team are you: Team Garden Together, or Team Enjoyed Alone?

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Team Label, or Not?Team Label, or Not?
August 21, 2011

Today's "Team" article addresses plant labels. We've seen gardens full of labels, and gardens with not one in sight. Which team do you fall into?

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Team First Generation or Second-Generation Gardener?Team First Generation or Second-Generation Gardener?
August 14, 2011

I've been thinking a lot about the word "heritage" lately. This week's Team Article explores if part of your heritage is a gardening one.

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Team Hand Weed, or Team Tool Weed?Team Hand Weed, or Team Tool Weed?
August 7, 2011

There's no question - we gardeners must weed if we want gardens. The question is: Are you on Team Hand-weed or Team Tool-Weed?

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Team Whimsy or Team Traditional?Team Whimsy or Team Traditional?
July 31, 2011

This week's article takes a peak at the inside of our gardens. Would you describe yourself as being a whimsical gardener, or more traditional?

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Team Gloves or Team Bare Hands?Team Gloves or Team Bare Hands?
July 24, 2011

We've talked feet, let's talk hands. Do you protect and pamper, or tough it out barehanded?

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Team Shoes or Team Barefoot?Team Shoes or Team Barefoot?
July 17, 2011

Welcome to our Sunday weekly feature of Which Team? Every Sunday we will have a poll-type article for you to chime in on. Don't be shy! This week's question: Do you shoe, or no?

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My Top 10 List: HerbsMy Top 10 List: Herbs
June 14, 2011

No garden should be without culinary herbs, as they are a part of nearly everyone's diet and yet so easy to grow. This article explores my current list of top 10 herbs that every gardener needs to grow, as well as many of their uses.

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My Top 10 List: VegetablesMy Top 10 List: Vegetables
April 19, 2011

For the new and well seasoned gardener alike, here is my top 10 list of vegetables that every gardener should grow.

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