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ATP Podcast #80: Seed Starting and Much MoreATP Podcast #80: Seed Starting and Much More
By dave, February 27, 2015

In this week's episode we talk all about our favorite techniques of seed starting, including the paper towel method. We also discuss important information: preventing damping off, soil selection, etc. Trish shares from her pinboard of bad ideas, and gives us an inspiring look at garden poppies.

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Horned Melon Part Two, or  'Everything But the Horns'Horned Melon Part Two, or 'Everything But the Horns'
By greene, February 27, 2015

Plant Sister is at it again, using almost every part of something as food. [center] She says, "I learned from my mother about many things: Do not throw away food or let it go to waste". Written by Plant Sister and greene

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Tree Trimming Companies Are Great Sources for MulchTree Trimming Companies Are Great Sources for Mulch
By Skiekitty, February 26, 2015

If you need mulch and lots of it, contact a local tree trimming company. Usually they're willing to just give you the mulch for free if you can come and pick it up, or they'll charge you a nominal delivery fee if they're in the area.

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When Rooting in Water Is Just Not EnoughWhen Rooting in Water Is Just Not Enough
By mjsponies, February 25, 2015

Lots of plants seem to root well in water. When you pot them up, however, they seem to decline, or fail to grow at all and die.

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Winter Doesn't End the Beauty of Your GardenWinter Doesn't End the Beauty of Your Garden
By jvdubb, February 24, 2015

Some gardeners mourn the end of their growing season when plants die back. Some gardeners work hard in the fall, cleaning out their beds and cutting everything back for tidiness. While there are reasons to cut back some plants, I've come to love my winterscape when things are left as is.

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Light Spectrum's Effects on Plants -- Part IILight Spectrum's Effects on Plants -- Part II
By drdawg, February 23, 2015

Previously I wrote about light spectrum ranges and how those ranges affect plants. This light range is measured in nanometers, or what's called Kelvin (the K number is printed on fluorescent tubes/bulbs). What is also important is the light intensity. If the light intensity is not great enough, it really won't matter much what the Kelvin number is. Light intensity is measured in lumens.

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Pushing the Zone in AlaskaPushing the Zone in Alaska
By Oberon46, February 22, 2015

Anchorage, Alaska, has a pretty short growing season, which is cool (55-65 F) and tends to be overcast much of the time. So, having a greenhouse would be great. Not having enough room for one on my urban lot, I fortunately discovered raised beds, and to extend the season, hoop beds. Hope you will enjoy my journey into new gardening worlds.

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Reuse Your Seedling Cell Packs To Start Your Own SeedsReuse Your Seedling Cell Packs To Start Your Own Seeds
By Newyorkrita, February 21, 2015

Seed starting is easy when you reuse those garden center cell packs.

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Winter Interest - The Eye of the BeholderWinter Interest - The Eye of the Beholder
By evermorelawnless, February 20, 2015

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe. But I’d argue that the phrase is six words too long. Beauty is. It just is. And if anything needs to be tuned, it’s the beholder’s eye. That’s true in my case, at least. This article illustrates how my vision has changed…or, better, maybe I’ve opened my eyes to things I was blind to previously.

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By KentPfeiffer on Feb 27, 2015 7:55 PM, concerning plant: Border Bearded Iris (Iris 'Little Sweetheart')

Originally registered as an Intermediate Bearded Iris, since reclassified as a Border Bearded Iris.

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By KentPfeiffer on Feb 27, 2015 7:54 PM, concerning plant: Border Bearded Iris (Iris 'Pepperpot')

Originally registered as a Tall Bearded Iris, since reclassified as a Border Bearded Iris.

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By KentPfeiffer on Feb 27, 2015 7:53 PM, concerning plant: Border Bearded Iris (Iris 'Little Sunset')

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By KentPfeiffer on Feb 27, 2015 7:51 PM, concerning plant: Border Bearded Iris (Iris 'Little Lady')

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