Your All Things Plants weekly news: November 2, 2013

There were 7 new gardening ideas posted last week:

No-Stress Plant Repotting

By Xeramtheum
November 2, 2013
No-Stress Plant Repotting

Many years ago I totally changed the way I repotted plants that don’t like their roots disturbed and I have never lost a plant since. Since then I have repotted all of my plants this way. When I start seeing roots coming out the bottom, I know it’s time to repot. (278 words - Read the full article)

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Permanent Plant Markers

By frankrichards16
November 1, 2013
Permanent Plant Markers

I use fiberglass rods and Brother laminated tape. Here's how: (152 words - Read the full article)


Push the Zone

By Skiekitty
October 31, 2013
Push the Zone

If you suffer from cold winters and you have tender plants that are doomed to live outside, but shouldn't in your zone, try this: Get a black bucket that a big perennial came in, cut the bottom off, wiggle it around the plant, and fill it with natural mulch (not colored/dyed). I have many zone 7 roses that survive my zone 5/4 winters when I do this.


American Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana

By frostweed
October 30, 2013
American Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana

American Beautyberry decorates the fall landscape with lovely cascading color while providing lots of food for birds and small mammals. (156 words - Read the full article)


Collect Curbside Fall Leaves for Free Mulch

By Newyorkrita
October 29, 2013
Collect Curbside Fall Leaves for Free Mulch

Each fall the last task to put the garden to sleep is to mulch everything with a thick blanket of fallen leaves. If you are like me, you don't have enough of your own to go on all of your beds. So, I go around my neighborhood and collect the bagged leaves put out by the curb. (127 words - Read the full article)


Tutorial: Easy-Peasy Raised Beds

By fiwit
October 28, 2013
Tutorial: Easy-Peasy Raised Beds

When I first moved into my house, I diligently dug flower beds by de-turfing the 20-year-old Zoysia grass and tilling up the red Georgia clay. Then one day I realized I could simply build raised beds, and it cut my bed-creation time in half. I can now build an 8ft by 16ft raised bed in about a day, and here's how I do it: (1,098 words - Read the full article)


Protecting Your Favorite Plant(s) During Construction

By Shawwannda
October 27, 2013
Protecting Your Favorite Plant(s) During Construction

The priorities of a gardener! We were going through the two day process of having our roof replaced and I didn't want my li'l "Dragon" to get destroyed in the process. What's a gardener to do? (139 words - Read the full article)


The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Crintonic Painted Desert') by Char:
Image from plant ID 552888

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Spring Garden Greetings') by Betja:
Image from plant ID 66406

Photo of Daylilies by admmad:
Image from plant ID 181473

Photo of Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Forest') by vic:
Image from plant ID 613030

Photo of Flowering Maple (Abutilon 'Moonchimes') by robertduval14:
Image from plant ID 111954

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Lake of Fire') by valleyrimgirl:
Image from plant ID 53745

The most popular Multi-Plant Photos from last week:

Multi-plant photo by 4susiesjoy:
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Multi-plant photo by poisondartfrog:
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Multi-plant photo by 4susiesjoy:
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Multi-plant photo by poisondartfrog:
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Multi-plant photo by ge1836:
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Multi-plant photo by Newyorkrita:
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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:
11 people gave for the idea "Tutorial: Easy-Peasy Raised Beds" by fiwit

4 people gave for a post in "And the winners are...!" by blue23rose

4 people gave for the idea "Permanent Plant Markers" by frankrichards16

4 people gave for a post in "Banner for October 30, 2013 by angele" by angele

4 people gave for the idea "American Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana" by frostweed

3 people gave for a post in "Banner for November 2, 2013 by mcash70" by mcash70

3 people gave for a post in "Digging & Storing Dahlias" by frankrichards16

2 people gave for the idea "Push the Zone" by Skiekitty

2 people gave for a photo of (Phlox subulata 'Cotton Candy') by treehugger

2 people gave for the idea "A Tool Cleaning Tip" by Claudia

The most active threads this week:
Subject OP Area Replies
OT - The Porch Swing daylily Daylilies forum 204
Smilies not working correctly flaflwrgrl Site Talk forum 58
Secrets of the Soil hazelnut Permaculture forum 38
Great job! Newyorkrita Tutorial: Easy-Peasy Raised Beds 37
Moving plants inside drdawg Tropicals forum 30
Banner for October 30, 2013 by angele angele Site Banners forum 28
Alfalfa Pellets tgarden711 Daylilies forum 28
Status update on the site dave Site Talk forum 28
I'm sure this has been talked about before... sheryl Containers forum 26

Some new recommendations from our members:
lovemyhouse recommended Old House Gardens - Heirloom Bulbs and wrote:

After I won second prize in the ATP Bulbs Not-a-Raffle Raffle and chose Old House Gardens, Dave duly sent OHG my contact information. I subsequently received an email from them, saying that the bulbs offered were only marginal for my area and asking whether I would be willing to take substitutions better suited to my zone. Listen to expert advice and get personally selected products? Heck, yeah, I would take substitutes!!! When I got the bulbs, I saw that they not only had substituted for me, but also had matched the dollar amount of the original selections, which meant I actually received 23 bulbs--nearly double the original quantity. Each selection was tidily packaged in a brown paper bag and clearly labeled. Plus, instructions, a catalogue, and a Double Pink Poppy seed packet were included in the box. Such outstanding customer service even when they were not getting any direct cash for the transaction might be something to keep in mind if you are considering placing an order now or in the future with Old House Gardens.

plantladylin recommended Touch of Nature, Inc. and wrote:

Although my order was quite small with this company (I only ordered 3 Amaryllis bulbs), I give Touch of Nature an A+ for customer service and communication, which were exemplary. I received a confirmation e-mail with an estimated shipping date very soon after placing my order and another e-mail including tracking information when the product shipped. My order arrived today; packaging was superb and the bulbs were large and very healthy (with one being the largest Amaryllis bulb I've ever seen!) I highly recommend this company and will definitely do business with them again!

tropicalover recommended Wellspring Gardens and wrote:

This is a place I do a lot of business with because everything I have ever received (have done business with them for many years) has always been of high quality. Wellspring is at the top of my list!

jmorth recommended McClure & Zimmerman and wrote:

Though I'm not a fan of M & Z's parent company, this division receives praise for bulbs received therefrom. Some of the cultivars cannot be found elsewhere. They have a good selection.

Dodecatheon3 recommended Maryott's Gardens and wrote:

Don't hesitate to order from Maryott Gardens. They offer rust-free healthy plants, they are very generous with bonus/gift plants, and they are a top-notch operation. Bill & Marilyn Maryott have a great website & beautiful flowers at excellent prices. Take advantage of their weekly summer specials offered on highly desirable varieties when a new order is placed or additions are made to a current order. The daylilies I have received from them are healthy and are growing very well. I will definitely order from them again. This past June I went on a daylily garden tour with Bill and listened to him lecture. He is a wonderful fellow and is very knowledgeable, a good teacher, and gracious to everyone.

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