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for February 14, 2015

This Week's Gardening Ideas:

Celebrating Winter Interest!

By dave
February 14, 2015
Celebrating Winter Interest!

Pine cones, seed heads, winter bloomers, colorful red berries, and much more! Let's kick off Winter Interest Week with a look at the most popular plants in our database that give some kind of interest to our gardens in the winter. We also introduce a new gallery option in our database for winter interest, with bonus acorns this week! (5,898 words - Read the full article)

ATP Podcast #78: Late Winter Gardening

By dave
February 13, 2015
ATP Podcast #78: Late Winter Gardening

We're half way through February and that means that we're approaching the finishing line in our race to get through winter, so in this episode we're going to talk about those mid to late winter chores you might want to get to. We'll also feature a fun new segment of the podcast, "plant this," where Dave and Trish will each share their thoughts on a specific plant.

How To Make a Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder Setup

By keithp2012
February 12, 2015
How To Make a Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder Setup

Do you have trouble with squirrels getting to your bird feeders and you want to find a way for birds and squirrels to eat peacefully? I'm sharing a setup my grandfather designed to hang my bird feeders. (434 words - Read the full article)

Team Pick It Off, or Team Leave It Be?

By Trish
February 11, 2015
Team Pick It Off, or Team Leave It Be?

Many gardeners are beginning to start their seeds as spring approaches. Each gardener has their own way of doing things, so let's find out which team you are on! (196 words - Read the full article)

Keep Compost Aerobic

By Anderwood
February 10, 2015
Keep Compost Aerobic

Once a compost pile goes anaerobic, it is toxic to plants. (220 words - Read the full article)

Plant Pole -- 8 Hanging Plants in Less Than 2 sq. ft. of Greenhouse Space

By Ecscuba
February 9, 2015
Plant Pole -- 8 Hanging Plants in Less Than 2 sq. ft. of Greenhouse Space

Make this plant pole for under $20 in about an hour. It uses less than 2 feet of floor space in your greenhouse. It holds small to medium-sized pots (herbs, seedlings, etc.). Great for on the patio too. As an added bonus, a light can be hung at the top, which will be handy when you absolutely must go to the greenhouse after dark :) Feeling really creative? Paint and decorate the pole. (486 words - Read the full article)

 Using Vinyl Blinds for Tagging Plant Crosses

By blue23rose
February 8, 2015
Using Vinyl Blinds for Tagging Plant Crosses

Because they are so easy to cut and are durable enough to last through the summer, vinyl blinds are a cheap and easy way to tag plant crosses. (205 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

By Henhouse:
Image from plant ID 174274
By Dodecatheon3:
Image from plant ID 228966
By bsharf:
Image from plant ID 671311
By Misawa77:
Image from plant ID 674616
By sequoia:
Image from plant ID 611732
By bsharf:
Image from plant ID 671312
By Calif_Sue:
Image from plant ID 124715
By kniphofia:
Image from plant ID 173642
By Xeramtheum:
Image from plant ID 654209

The most popular Multi-Plant Photos from last week:

Photo by poisondartfrog:
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Photo by 4susiesjoy:
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Photo by Paul2032:
Image by Paul2032
Photo by bamira:
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Image by bamira
Photo by Paul2032:
Image by Paul2032
Photo by Paul2032:
Image by Paul2032

Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

10 people gave for the idea "Plant Pole -- 8 Hanging Plants in Less Than 2 sq. ft. of Greenhouse Space" by Ecscuba

6 people gave for the idea " Using Vinyl Blinds for Tagging Plant Crosses" by blue23rose

5 people gave for the idea "Keep Compost Aerobic" by Anderwood

4 people gave for post #783814 in "Video about harvesting seeds" by JonnaSudenius

3 people gave for post #782992 in "Banner for February 9, 2015 by Natalie" by Natalie

3 people gave for a photo of Informal Decorative Dahlia (Dahlia 'Who Dun It') by vic

3 people gave for post #784501 in "Backyard Birds - February 2015" by TennesseeDave

3 people gave for post #782108 in "New members, non-active members, etc." by vitrsna

3 people gave for post #786748 in "Banner for February 13, 2015 by chelle" by chelle

3 people gave for post #783846 in "Tomato genetics/seed saving question" by saltmarsh

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Show us your Colors...................MuddymittsIrises forum1784
Crump 2015 introductions and more!!!!! :)Misawa77Irises forum128
Most dislikedTiaLeeIrises forum97
I just ordered........Paul2032Irises forum50
What do things look like where you live?vitrsnaSandbox forum43
Suggestions pleasefreedombelAll Things Gardening forum37
CitrusdrdawgEdibles and Preserving forum34
What was this I grew?freedombelAll Things Gardening forum30
Dahlias in Michigan .... newbie questionsTree_climberDahlias forum29

Some new reviews from the ATP Green Pages:

bxncbx recommended and wrote:

I recently placed an order on the website. The seeds arrived yesterday and I am very pleased with how quickly they were shipped! Prices are reasonable and seed amounts were generous for what I ordered.

Pattyw5 recommended Paw Paw Everlast Label Company and wrote:

Very good American-based company. Good prices for your plant labeling needs. Great communication and free shipping in the United States. Happy with the plant markers I've ordered. Highly recommended. A+

critterologist recommended Stark Brothers and wrote:

Stark is my go-to mail order source for fruit trees. I look for their tags at local nurseries, too. They recently merged with Miller Nurseries, my go-to source for berry bushes, asparagus, etc., so now is a 1-stop destination for me. :-) I've often chosen to pay the extra for "premium" trees, which are hand-selected and professionally pruned, although any Stark Bros trees I've ever bought or seen were of good quality. I'm not sure "premium" is worth the extra $, especially now that I've gotten better (more heartless) at pruning.

sequoia recommended Annie's Annuals & Perennials and wrote:

I have known Annie for years, and she is always a pleasure to talk to and a wealth of plant knowledge. I continue to enjoy her new plant introductions year after year. Great place to visit if you come to San Francisco. Sequoia in Oakland, California

dormantsrule recommended (Rocket Computer Services) and wrote:

The best $30 I've spent has been for PlantStep in 2011. It's easy and an organized way to keep track of my plants, especially daylilies. I'm able to quickly check where a plant is located, when and where it was purchased in addition to seeing the data about each plant. My favorite feature is selecting which cultivars I want labels for, printing them in seconds using Avery waterproof labels and attaching to garden markers. I keep a things to do list and a journal as well on PS. My days of scribbling notes on 20 different legal pads and typing data into a spreadsheet are behind me. I'm most impressed by the owner who spent a lot of time over the last 24 hours helping me to get the program running on a new laptop after screen went bad on old one.

Pattyw5 recommended Sooner Plant Farm and wrote:

Have ordered many times from Sooner Plant Farm. Plants arrive healthy and well packaged. Received a phone call last year when a plant was not going to be available. This was much appreciated.

Totheee recommended Victory Seed Company and wrote:

I just received my first order from Victory Seed Co. I am very impressed with the attention they gave my one small order, even personally answering my comment that wasn't even a question. They also shared unasked for (but very appreciated) information on caring for seed, which I have not seen with other major seed companies. I have been gardening for 30 years and have been having increasing problems obtaining a certain type of seed, which I have now found at Victory Seed. This year I am going to be ordering all my gardening needs with Victory, and I have a feeling it will be a good year! I even signed up for their newsletter, which, if you knew me, is amazing. I never give out my email address!

Pattyw5 recommended Slightly Different Nursery and wrote:

Paul really is a guy that gives his all: friendly, helpful, thoughtful, great speaker, great businessman, and community activist. As if this weren't enough, how about those incredible daylilies! Plus, there is a price range to fit most budgets. Super pleased with what I have received.

Pattyw5 recommended Solaris Farms and wrote:

Very happy with all aspects of Solaris Farms. Have some of Nate's introductions that are over the top in performance.

We keep growing, because ATP is where all the excitement is these days! Check out these numbers from last week: