Your All Things Plants newsletter for January 30, 2012

Some numbers from last week:
News from dave:
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There were 4 new articles published last week:

Article for Team Herbs, or Team No Herbs?
By Trish Whitinger on January 29, 2012

Do you grow herbs in your garden? Let's discuss Team Herbs this week! (18 comments)

Article for Opinion: Trees, hearts and bones
By Sharon Brown on January 28, 2012

Recently I wrote an article about trees and their value to our lives; this is a follow-up to that article. At the time I was writing it, I failed to mention one aspect of trees that we can't do without, so let's get right to the heart and backbone of the matter. (36 comments)

Article for Bokashi for the garden
By C. Tee Menser on January 25, 2012

Bokashi is a Japanese word literally translated as shading off. It has come to denote the process of anaerobic fermentation of organic waste that produces what is known as beneficial and effective microorganisms. The resulting organic material might be likened to probiotics fo... (17 comments)

Article for Wolfgang Oehme launches a gardening revolution
By Larry Rettig on January 24, 2012

The world of horticulture recently lost a renowned avant-gardener with the passing of Wolfgang Oehme on December 15, 2011. Mr. Oehme--“Wolfi” to his friends--almost single-handedly launched a revolution in planting design with his sweeping landscapes of grasses, sedums, rudbeckias, and perovski... (4 comments)

Daily Gardening Tips from this week:

Gardening tip for January 30, 2012 January 30, 2012:
Make a bird habitat with shrubs for cover, a few nesting boxes and a bird bath, the birds will reward you by eating many garden pests.

Tip and photo by mcash70 - (10 comments)

Gardening tip for January 29, 2012 January 29, 2012:
Quick connectors on your hoses, sprinklers and nozzles really speeds up the watering process to get the job done quickly.

Tip and photo by mcash70 - (13 comments)

Gardening tip for January 28, 2012 January 28, 2012:
When using rocks or bricks as garden edging, place weed barrier cloth underneath them as you build the edging. It will help keep the grass from growing between the rocks and bricks and into your gardens.

Tip and photo by goldfinch4 - (5 comments)

Gardening tip for January 27, 2012 January 27, 2012:
Place pots in which you have sown seeds that need warmth to germinate in an electric roaster with the lid on and set on 85 to 90 degrees. (Check the temperature of your roaster first by heating a cup of water in it for a few hours and adjusting the temperature to the desired setting. The correct setting will likely be below the first temperature printed on the dial, and the light indicating heating may not come on often.) Check to see if seedlings have emerged after the third day and then every day after that.

Tip and photo by patrob - (11 comments)

Gardening tip for January 26, 2012 January 26, 2012:
Keep gophers and moles out of your veggie and flower beds by placing Euphorbia around the plants. You can use either native Euphorbia or one of the hybrids.

Tip and photo by valleylynn - (21 comments)

Gardening tip for January 25, 2012 January 25, 2012:
When growing tomatoes in potting mix, add a cup or two of dolomite lime, depending on pot size. Tomatoes require more minerals and a less acidic growing medium than most plants that the common mixes are formulated for.

Tip by psa
Photo by dave - (10 comments)

Gardening tip for January 24, 2012 January 24, 2012:
If I grow vining plants on trellises I always leave a few plant ties attached to the trellis. That way if I’m out in the gardens and see a vine that needs a little assistance staying on the trellis I always have a plant tie handy.

Tip and photo by goldfinch4 - (5 comments)