Your All Things Plants weekly news: August 10, 2013

There were 7 new gardening ideas posted last week:

Trish Gives a Tour of Her Herb Spiral

By dave
August 10, 2013
Trish Gives a Tour of Her Herb Spiral

In this video, Trish shows us her herb spiral garden bed. She talks about what material we used to fill the bed, what plants she's currently growing, how she chose where to put each plant, how she waters, and much more. (58 words - Read the full article)


Put a Wagon To Work

By Boopaints
August 9, 2013
Put a Wagon To Work

Buy a wagon at a garage sale. They are great for moving plants and heavy garden art around the yard.


ATP Podcast #30: Putting Up Tomatoes and Elderberries

By dave
August 8, 2013
ATP Podcast #30: Putting Up Tomatoes and Elderberries

In this week's episode, Trish shares all her best tips about processing tomatoes, especially how to can them for later eating! We also discuss elderberries: their health benefits, how to harvest and clean them, and what to do with these wonderful wild fruits.


Earwig Control

By goldfinch4
August 7, 2013
Earwig Control

For earwig control, place a rolled up newspaper in your garden at night. Earwigs like dark, cozy places. In the morning, pick it up and seal in a plastic bag, earwigs and all.

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Glossary Tip - Keiki

By Dutchlady1
August 6, 2013
Glossary Tip - Keiki

Keiki - literally means 'baby' or 'child' in Hawaiian. In horticulture, it is used to refer to a baby plant produced by the parent, usually in orchids, which is an exact clone of the parent plant.


Watering a Carnivorous Plant

By Ted5310
August 5, 2013
Watering a Carnivorous Plant

Because they grow mostly in bogs where there are little to no minerals in their soil, they get minerals from their "victims." (343 words - Read the full article)

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Glossary Tip - Catkin

By goldfinch4
August 4, 2013
Glossary Tip - Catkin

A long, thin, drooping cylinder of flowers without petals, generally found on willows, birches, and oaks.


The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Lily (Lilium 'Cassandra') by Joy:
Image from plant ID 133576

Photo of Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta 'Maya') by Paul2032:
Image from plant ID 133203

Photo of Chinese Cucumber (Trichosanthes kirilowii) by Xeramtheum:
Image from plant ID 124241

Photo of Abyssinian Gladiolus (Gladiolus murielae) by eclayne:
Image from plant ID 86998

Photo of Shaggy Shield Fern (Dryopteris cycadina) by bonitin:
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Photo of Lily (Lilium martagon var. albiflorum) by bonitin:
Image from plant ID 527972

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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:
4 people gave for a post by Leftwood under "For the DB: botany question regarding disc flowers vs. ray flowers"

3 people gave for Watering a Carnivorous Plant

3 people gave for a post by psa under "fish pond"

2 people gave for ATP Podcast #30: Putting Up Tomatoes and Elderberries

2 people gave for a post by Xeramtheum under "WOW! Trichosanthes kirilowii"

2 people gave for Glossary Tip - Keiki

2 people gave for a blog post by Sharon

2 people gave for a post by chelle under "Calceolaria mexicana"

2 people gave for a photo of Mountain Bluebell (Mertensia ciliata) in the plant database by KentPfeiffer

2 people gave for Fighting Mildew Naturally

The most active threads this week:
Subject OP Area Replies
OT - The Porch Swing • Summer #3, 2013 daylily Daylilies forum 236
happy people open thread. JB Sandbox forum 71
Northern gardeners - when do you fertilize for winter? Hockeyrabbit Daylilies forum 32
Gingers! Xeramtheum Tropicals forum 25
Help with growing Cinta Orchids forum 24
Seedling Aug 2013 spunky1 Daylilies forum 21
WOW! Trichosanthes kirilowii Xeramtheum Vines and Climbers forum 21
Oddities cats1 Daylilies forum 19
, sempervivums dieing chris0817 Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum 19

Some new recommendations from our members:
ge1836 recommended Avant Gardens and wrote:

Beautiful plants. I have ordered perennials from Avant Gardens several times. This was an order of succulents. Nice packing. They were dry, but succulents like that. They included a bonus also.

sandnsea2 recommended Mystic Meadows Daylily Farm and wrote:

Very happy with the huge, huge, healthy Daylily plants I received. A wonderful bonus plant was included. I could tell thought went into the choice, as the colors and design were of the type I ordered and like. That is very nice!! I like how easy it is to navigate their site and see photos. It was such a pleasure buying here.

TennesseeDave recommended Glasshouse Works and wrote:

Glasshouse Works has a wonderful inventory of hard to find plants. The plants are expertly packed for shipping and they are healthy and larger than expected. If you are looking for the out of the ordinary, this is the place to look. Their website is a maze that really has to be experienced to appreciate the meaning of the term convoluted. Shipping takes place on Tuesdays. Which Tuesday is somewhat less definitive. You will receive well packaged, healthy plants on the Thursday following whichever Tuesday they were shipped. Be aware that you are charged when you order, not when plants are shipped. These folks have been in business for over 40 years and they know their plants. One of the owners died unexpectedly last year. He was the prime propagator, so it remains to be seen what the long term viability will be. So if you want the rare and hard to find, can navigate the website maze, are prepared to pay upfront, and are not in any hurry for the shipment, this is your place. I know that this all seems a bit negative. I don't really intend it to be. Just being very forthright with regard to what you can expect. They are pleasant to do business with, and I have used them several times to find the unusual or hard to find plant.

poobles recommended Santa Rosa Gardens and wrote:

I have made quite a few purchases from this company and have never been disappointed with all my new plants from them, and yes, they do come packaged with extreme care. I am always excited when I get my orders because I know they will be in good shape, plus they all have good root systems and are healthy. And, if you have a problem, they are most friendly every time you call. I recommend this company if you don't mind plants that are small but not too small. I will definitely order from them again.

eclayne recommended Brian's Botanicals and wrote:

This spring I ordered from Brian's for the first time. I have asked them questions in the past, however, always receiving a prompt and informative response. The plants ordered -- Colocasia, Alocasia, Taccarum and Kniphofia -- all arrived well rooted in their pots. They clearly grow them on enough that only healthy plants are shipped. I particularly like Brian's own Colocasia introductions because he is breeding many that are more cold hardy, hopefully extending my growing season by at least a month.

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