Your All Things Plants newsletter for February 20, 2012

Some numbers from last week:
News from Trish:
A new forum this week: Gardening for Wildlife. Don't forget to "watch" this forum if you love sharing your space with the critters!

There were 4 new articles published last week:

Article for Team Fruity or Team Unfruity?
By Trish Whitinger on February 19, 2012

Soft fruits, hard fruits, exotic fruits, vine fruits: do you grow them? (23 comments)

Article for What's Blooming in February
By Larry Rettig on February 18, 2012

Last month's Name That Bloom Contest subject was the Black Locust Tree, Robinia pseudoacacia 'Purple Robe.' Check in to see who was the first to give us the right answer and while you're here, check out this month's mystery flower, too. (5 comments)

Article for Little house on the suburban prairie
By C. Tee Menser on February 16, 2012

America has become a nation of suburbs and now exurbs. There's no getting around it. More Americans live there than anywhere else these days. But does that mean we all need to have a parcel of ground with a solitary shade tree in the front yard and a patch of lawn to manicure? I hope not. (27 comments)

Article for Hillfarm Journal: Hillfarm's Roses
By Kathleen M. Tenpas on February 14, 2012

Part of the story of Hillfarm as we know it will always have to be the roses that we found here. (9 comments)

Daily Gardening Tips from this week:

Gardening tip for February 20, 2012 February 20, 2012:
Put a straw sleeve around leggy seedlings, to prop them up to the light. They'll strengthen up in no time!

Tip and photo by Gymgirl - (4 comments)

Gardening tip for February 19, 2012 February 19, 2012:
Some indoor and outdoor plants can be rooted directly in soil.

Tip and photo by Shelly - (6 comments)

Gardening tip for February 18, 2012 February 18, 2012:
A nail with a large head works really well for doing small cuttings or planting small seedlings. You use the pointed end to make a hole to insert the cutting and then use the flat head to smooth the soil around the cutting.

Tip by rebeccag
Photo by mcash70 - (5 comments)

Gardening tip for February 17, 2012 February 17, 2012:
Use plastic knives as plant markers, use a paint pen to write the plant names on them.

Tip and photo by mcash70 - (8 comments)

Gardening tip for February 16, 2012 February 16, 2012:
How many of you have ever dumped out packs of new seedlings, trying to pour excess water from the seedling flats. How frustrating is that? Why not grab your old turkey baster, tip the flat up a bit, and suck all the excess water up into the baster? Quick, easy, and no dumped seedlings. Buy a new baster for the turkey...

Tip by Sashagirl
Photo by Gymgirl - (4 comments)

Gardening tip for February 15, 2012 February 15, 2012:
Spring bulbs sprouting early? Don't panic! No need to bury them in extra mulch. They know what they're doing. Just let them do it.

Tip and photo by critterologist - (10 comments)

Gardening tip for February 14, 2012 February 14, 2012:
Water seedlings with Chamomile tea to prevent Damping off.

Tip and photo by gardengus - (7 comments)