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for August 1, 2015

This Week's Gardening Ideas:

The Top Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplants

By dave
August 1, 2015
The Top Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplants

Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are all in the nightshade family. Let's open the Summer Vegetables Celebration Week with a look at the top varieties of each of these highly popular home garden vegetables. (2,778 words - Read the full article)

How To Manage Your Plant List on All Things Plants

By dave
July 31, 2015
How To Manage Your Plant List on All Things Plants

This is a video tutorial on how to get started managing your inventory of plants on ATP. In this ten minute video, I demonstrate most of the features of the plant list. At the end, you'll know everything you need to know about managing your inventory of plants!

Determining the Daylily Characteristics I Liked

By profesora
July 30, 2015
Determining the Daylily Characteristics I Liked

Every daylily has a pretty face, and some daylilies have a lot more to offer besides the pretty face. Discovering what else I wanted in a daylily was a long journey. (608 words - Read the full article)

Daylily Hybridizing Tips

By Lalambchop1
July 29, 2015
Daylily Hybridizing Tips

I've been hybridizing for a few years and have been helped along by some of the giants in the industry. Here are some things I've learned... (2,005 words - Read the full article)

Smart and Frugal Thinning of Seedlings

By dave
July 28, 2015
Smart and Frugal Thinning of Seedlings

In this video, Trish demonstrates how she manages her trays of seedlings. Rather than simply cut away excess seedlings in a tray, she divides the seedlings and pots them up into empty cells. This way she ends up with full trays of seedlings with very few wasted plants.

Let's do the Drawing for the July Not-a-Raffle-Raffle

By dave
July 27, 2015
Let's do the Drawing for the July Not-a-Raffle-Raffle

Here it is! Seven lucky winners for the July raffle. Come in, enjoy the video, and see who won this month.

Red Currants. These Old-Time Shrub Fruits Are Easy To Grow

By Newyorkrita
July 27, 2015
Red Currants. These Old-Time Shrub Fruits Are Easy To Grow

Red Currants grew in our garden from the time of my childhood. My mother cooked them for jams, but I loved to simply pick them and eat them fresh. (157 words - Read the full article)

Mowing Tip

By Xeramtheum
July 26, 2015
Mowing Tip

This little tip will help your lawn be healthier and more attractive. (82 words - Read the full article)

The most popular images last week from our plant database:

By Lalambchop1:
Image from plant ID 665682
By tveguy3:
Image from plant ID 50499
By William:
Image from plant ID 228402
By LilySue:
Image from plant ID 54353
By tveguy3:
Image from plant ID 552448
By Lilydaydreamer:
Image from plant ID 531745
By Ginnyeickholdt:
Image from plant ID 29592
By floota:
Image from plant ID 39356
By DougSoCal:
Image from plant ID 58681

The most popular Multi-Plant Photos from last week:

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Photo by TBGDN:
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Photo by foraygardengirl:
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Photo by Paul2032:
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Photo by pirl:
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Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

11 people gave for the idea "Daylily Hybridizing Tips" by Lalambchop1

8 people gave for post #913243 in "Banner for July 27, 2015 by dirtdorphins" by dirtdorphins

8 people gave for post #915966 in "Banner for July 30, 2015 by luvsgrtdanes" by luvsgrtdanes

7 people gave for post #916744 in "Banner for July 31, 2015 by TBGDN" by TBGDN

7 people gave for post #911523 in "Banner for July 25, 2015 by Fleur569" by Fleur569

5 people gave for the idea "How To Manage Your Plant List on All Things Plants" by dave

5 people gave for post #914330 in "How many daylilies are too many?" by scflowers

5 people gave for the Multi-Plant Photo #3423 by Natalie

5 people gave for post #912287 in "Banner for July 26, 2015 by Dinu" by Dinu

4 people gave for the idea "Determining the Daylily Characteristics I Liked" by profesora

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
Iris Talk - What's Your Preference ?Denman55Irises forum124
How many daylilies are too many?SeedforkDaylilies forum60
Some pics from our Germany trip, July 2015UrsulaOrchids forum40
ProlifsbluegrassmomDaylilies forum37
Iris club question. And club sells/auctionscreativecloverIrises forum34
Miniature Tall BeardedsEJarrettIrises forum29
Milorganite Fertilizer. Has anyone used it on Daylilys?kssmithDaylilies forum29
re-potted plumeria leave droopingluckyzl230Plumeria forum28
sale plants - humorneedrainAll Things Gardening forum27

Some new reviews from the ATP Green Pages:

gardenglory recommended Tropical Plants & More and wrote:

I bought heirloom garlic. Everything about the transaction, and most importantly the garlic, could not have been better. Professional and seamless, but it's the garlic...Oh man, was that garlic an awesome surprise. I ordered it to plant in the fall. I roasted one clove of each variety to "test" it. Let's just say I wont be planting this year. Ended up eating it all :-) highly recommend

vitrsna recommended Horizon Herbs and wrote:

This is a great company! They have an interesting selection of products and seeds that range from common to eclectic, all USDA organic. Some seeds for plants that you may never have heard of, some plants that you may not find elsewhere. They are located in the US state of Oregon, and delivery and service have always been prompt and correct. I have experienced good germination results with perennial seeds they have described as "cranky germinators," so I have faith that I am receiving fresh products when I order from Horizon Herbs. It is quickly becoming my 1st go-to place when I'm looking for seeds and sometimes when I don't know what I'm looking for. I recommend Horizon Herbs if you are not familiar with it. Even if you are not shopping for anything specific, it is worthwhile browsing and reading.

Dennis616 recommended Keast Daylily Gardens and wrote:

Keast Daylily Gardens is located in Iowa in zone 5 and sells field-grown northern cold hardy daylilies. Some people nowadays assume that older daylilies are always inferior to newer ones, but I think it would be a mistake to ignore the numerous well-proven and top-notch older cultivars that do exist. Keast is an excellent resource for many of these older but excellent daylilies. They do have some newer cultivars as well, and overall have a nice mix that includes miniatures, doubles, large flowers and ufo-spiders. Tom and his wife Mary (the owners) have some interesting introductions of their own, as well. I purchased from them this spring and was quite pleased-- I recommend them!

Dennis616 recommended Harmon Hill Farm and wrote:

Harmon Hill Farm has what I consider to be a huge selection of excellent northern cold hardy daylilies. It's a nice mix of old and new. This year they added a gallery to their website which has photos of nearly every one of the 1800+ cultivars they offer. I emailed Carl, the owner, with a few questions and he was very gracious to answer them for me. I placed quite a large order from them this spring and received large fans that were very good quality. Several plants ordered as double fans were sent as 4, 5 and even 6 fans! Carl explained that if they have a lot of the plant he will send a lot. Because of the quality of their selection, and the quality (and quantity) of fans I received from them, I highly recommend purchasing daylilies from Harmon Hill.

Lalambchop1 recommended Abundant Daylilies and wrote:

I buy from Mark Sattelmeier at Abundant every year. He has great prices and grows his plants wonderfully. There are always extra fans. Highly recommend.

Dennis616 recommended Slightly Different Nursery and wrote:

Slightly Different Nursery’s Paul Owen has a goal of creating tough, cold-hardy daylilies with large blooms and rapid reblooming. That really struck home to me. I placed an order this spring and was thrilled to receive great additional gift plants and fans that were very large and healthy. So far the daylilies have lived up to the top-notch expectations I could not help but have for them. I too have found Paul to be a very nice and knowledgeable guy. I highly recommend his daylilies and ordering from his nursery.

beckygardener recommended Miss Becky's Lily Farm and wrote:

I ordered 4 plants and gave her the name of one that I wanted as the bonus plant. She sent me all that I ordered. I was expecting 2 fans of each. I got more than 2 fans of some of them. All were nice green, healthy fans (trimmed back of course) that looked like they had just been dug up. All were at least double fans. Her prices are very competitive and she has a nice selection of cultivars. I will be ordering from her again.

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