Some numbers from last week:
- 77 new members.
- 184 new threads.
- 3,796 new posts.
- 1,339 new images to the plant database.
- 203 new comments in the plant database.
News from dave:
|May 2012 All Things Plants Sempervivum Extravaganza not-a-raffle raffle is underway! This raffle is generously hosted by valleylynn and goldfinch4 and will likely be our biggest raffle of the year, so you don't want to miss this! Raffle tickets are 10 acorns each and are available now through May 8th. Two winners will each receive a box packed with 25 varieties of Sempervivums. For more information, visit this thread.|
There were 11 new gardening ideas posted last week:
May 7, 2012
|A quick tip|
|When soaking seeds prior to germination, or when watering seedlings, use 0.1% Hydrogen Peroxide. This cleans the seed surface and discourages mold, fungus and damping off. Drug stores sell 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, so dilute that 32:1. It is also great for plants already in the ground or in containers.
May 5, 2012
|A quick 'time' tip|
|Plant low-maintenance plants to reduce the amount of time you spend gardening. Sempervivum, lavender, hosta and most native plants are just some examples.|
May 4, 2012
|A quick tip about squirrels|
|I have a big problem with squirrels, AKA tree rats or varmints, getting into seedlings or cuttings. When I trim the rambling rose I put the trimmings around the babies to help deter them from getting dug up or eaten. Not 100% squirrel proof, but it does help.|
May 4, 2012
| Grow your own turmeric from the grocery store|
|If you've ever eaten East Indian food, you've probably tasted turmeric, the bright yellow, pungent spice. It's usually found in powdered form, but can also be eaten freshly sliced from the root. Would you believe you can grow it yourself from tubers that are found in most international markets? If that doesn't catch your attention, you can also grow these same tubers/rhizomes into lovely blooming gingers for your summer garden before you harvest the roots in fall for turmeric.
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May 3, 2012
|Clean your houseplants|
|House plants with large leaves and smooth foliage, such as shefflera, philodendrons, and rubber plants benefit from periodically washing the leaves to remove dust buildup, helping to keep the leaf pores open.|