Your All Things Plants weekly news: June 29, 2013

News from Trish:
There are new features everywhere! Don't miss Site Talk Forum to keep up-to-date on all of the latest happenings!

This week, Dave has added the ability to give an "acorn tip" to other members. Read more about that here.

Also, in case you've missed the other exciting additions, there have also been added the Image Sets, which allows you to tag items in a photo for the database, as well as the Floating Menu Bar that moves down the page as you scroll, giving you ready access to site navigation.

Enjoy these new features!

There were 7 new gardening ideas posted last week:

Aphid Repellent

By plantladylin
June 29, 2013
Aphid Repellent

Crushed garlic or cayenne pepper flakes will repel aphids on plants.


Glossary Tip - Hydrozoning

By goldfinch4
June 28, 2013
Glossary Tip - Hydrozoning

Grouping plants together according to their water requirements to conserve moisture.


ATP Podcast #24: Out of the Mouth of Babes

By dave
June 27, 2013
ATP Podcast #24: Out of the Mouth of Babes

In this special edition of the All Things Plants podcast, Dave interviews his four oldest children. We discuss gardening from the point of view of young people, and also talk about farming and raising livestock and cattle.


A Bulletproof Weed Killer

By Rhapsody616
June 26, 2013
A Bulletproof Weed Killer

Here's my recipe for the guaranteed cheap and effective kill 'em all weed killer. (230 words - Read the full article)


Organize Your Nursery Plant Tags

By dormantsrule
June 25, 2013
Organize Your Nursery Plant Tags

I use a paper punch and slide my nursery tags on 3.5" metal rings. On the back of the tag, you can write the date planted, location, or any other information that might be handy for you. The rings are called "book rings" at Staples and Amazon. If you're really organized, make one for shrubs and trees and another for perennials, bulbs, etc.


Cheap Kneeling Pads

By flaflwrgrl
June 24, 2013
Cheap Kneeling Pads

When you look for kneeling pads, think outside the box. Now that summer is on its way, take a look in the water fun/swimming section. You can often utilize kiddie rafts and paddle floats as kneeling pads. At the end of summer, you can find them dirt cheap when they go on sale. I got this kiddie float raft, and it gives me more room plus extra padding at a fraction of the cost of conventional kneeling pads.


Garlic Growers' Annual Field Day -  June 8, 2013

By tinpins
June 23, 2013
Garlic Growers' Annual Field Day - June 8, 2013

Come with me as I report on the Annual Field day of the Ontario Garlic Growers, held at the Brant County Garlic Company in Scotland, Ontario. (432 words - Read the full article)


The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Iris (Iris ensata 'Caprician Butterfly') by eclayne:
Image from plant ID 139506

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Forty Second Street') by sarahbugw:
Image from plant ID 27511

Photo of Dragon's mouth (Arethusa bulbosa) by robertduval14:
Image from plant ID 80038

Photo of Lily (Lilium speciosum var. gloriosoides) by gwhizz:
Image from plant ID 174531

Photo of Texas Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii var. lindheimeri) by wildflowers:
Image from plant ID 83624

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Wild Red Heart') by shive1:
Image from plant ID 70828

The most active threads this week:
Subject OP Area Replies
OT - The Porch Swing • Summer #1, 2013 daylily Daylilies forum 532
Weather In Your Garden - Summer 2013 daylily Daylilies forum 126
New to the forum and Sempervivums have some quesions Otter Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum 59
New feature tonight: Acorns Tips! dave Site Talk forum 50
Want to buy a house? flaflwrgrl Sandbox forum 37
Reasons to grow sempervivum sandnsea2 Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum 36
How to work with indoor/outdoor contractors Cinta Containers forum 32
OOPS I've done it again LOL (HIPS Order) enidcandles Irises forum 31
There's No Place Like ATP plantladylin Sandbox forum 31

Some new recommendations from our members:
MasterJustice recommended Suburban Daylilies and wrote:

Been to garden twice. Owners are informative and nice. Prices vary. The Watts have some they have registered. Also listened to them at some meeting..

Cinta recommended Gilbert H Wild and wrote:

They sell daylilies at a reasonable price: $3.00 - 15.00. They carry a lot of older daylilies.


Shipping is one low price. Nice size plants, good customer service, and reasonable prices. If you have a problem, they will replace without any hassle.

Cinta recommended Hallson Gardens and wrote:

Chris is the best. A few years ago I placed a gift order, and my purse was stolen just before he was ready to ship. I thought he had charged the card because I had ordered early and I did not notify him that the credit card was cancelled. He only charges when he is ready to ship. Another good policy not that common anymore, and he sends a valuable bonus plant rather than a junk plant.

He said he would send the plants and asked me to call him when I got my new card.

I was so upset about my purse being stolen, and his kindness at that time made me have faith in people again.

In addition to everything else, he has the best plants I have ever ordered from any online vendor, and I order at least 300 dollars' worth from different vendors every January.

backseater recommended Northern Lights Daylilies and wrote:

Mike Grossmann owns the business. He sells on The Lily Auction & from his website. He hybridizes & sells Zone 4 hardy daylilies in addition to many others. I have been dealing with Mike for three years & his plants are wonderful. I have never had a bad one! He sends bonus plants with each order. Give him a try. You won't be sorry.

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