Your All Things Plants newsletter for August 27, 2012

Some numbers from last week:
News from dave:
We have combined several forums to create the new and revitalized Edibles and Preserving forum, which for the past few weeks has been hopping with activity all about the edible things that we grow. Come join us!

The most popular images this week from our database:

Photo of Flame Lily (Gloriosa superba 'Rothschildiana') by kaleem:
Image from plant ID 71466

Photo of Apple Cactus (Cereus repandus) by plantladylin:
Image from plant ID 111990

Photo of Apple Cactus (Cereus repandus) by plantladylin:
Image from plant ID 111990

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Frilly Bliss') by Calif_Sue:
Image from plant ID 29298

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Double Daffy') by mbouman:
Image from plant ID 7964

There were 7 new gardening ideas posted last week:

Protect your developing seeds

By threegardeners
August 27, 2012
Protect your developing seeds

If you want to save some of your sunflower seeds before letting the birds get them, cover them with the mesh bags that onions come in.

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A quick tip:  garden tools

By plantladylin
August 26, 2012
A quick tip: garden tools

Keep a pair of pruning shears handy for those times when you think you are just going to take a short stroll around the garden; there's always something that needs snipped or pruned!

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What's blooming in August

By LarryR
August 25, 2012
What's blooming in August

August has turned out to be a good month here at Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens. Having suffered substantially from heat, drought, Japanese beetles, and moles during June and July, many of our flowering plants are bouncing back with amazing rapidity and vigor. Come on in and see what's blooming and who our lucky winner is in July's mystery blossom contest. (1,198 words - Read the full article)


Tulle in the garden

By chelle
August 24, 2012
Tulle in the garden

Tulle is a useful asset in the garden. It easily outperforms expensive and short-lived row cover material by allowing more essential elements to reach your plants. (209 words - Read the full article)


Glossary tip:  Sport

By CDsSister
August 23, 2012
Glossary tip: Sport

What is a botanical sport? There are different ways of phrasing it but it amounts to a plant suddenly putting off a variant of the original plant; sometimes this process is referred to as a mutation. (257 words - Read the full article)


Deep watering tip

By ShadyGreenThumb
August 22, 2012
Deep watering tip

Use plastic/milk cartons for deep watering by heating a Phillips head screwdriver (I use the gas stove and a hot mitt) and punching several holes in the bottom and sides (3" from the bottom) of a plastic jug or milk bottle. Bury the jug around the tree line or around the base of a shrub. Bury it so that the opening is just above the soil level. Bury as many jugs as you wish around the tree/shrub line. Fill the jugs with water for a slow deep watering. Add liquid fertilizer as needed for deep feeding.



By Sharon
August 21, 2012
Review: "Garden Up" a book by Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet

'Garden Up' is an excellent book for gardening vertically in spaces large, small or anything in between. It's filled with everything from instructions, directions, and colorful images to lists of plants that will grow in the spaces that are portrayed. This is a must read for gardeners, one that you'll take outside with you. (603 words - Read the full article)