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ATP Podcast #53: No-Till GardeningATP Podcast #53: No-Till Gardening
By dave, April 18, 2014

In today's episode we have a long conversation about no-till. What are the benefits of tilling your garden, and what are the downsides? How can you garden without ever tilling, and why should you consider that? Listen to find out!

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Self-Watering Containers, an Earthbox Photo TutorialSelf-Watering Containers, an Earthbox Photo Tutorial
By david_reaves, April 17, 2014

Don't have space for a garden? Don't have the strength or energy for digging, raking, hoeing, and weeding? A self-watering container may be for you. Here's how I set up my self-watering containers, Earthboxes, for this year's tomatoes.

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Flooring for GreenhouseFlooring for Greenhouse
By Eric4home, April 16, 2014

We poured a concrete floor for our structure. After leveling the space by digging down a bit, we put up 8" forms. For the next step we put down recycled 3" closed-cell foam and covered it with poly. We left the center open for drainage and brick so we could access the power and water if repairs are needed. The pipe next to the shovel is the hydrant.The floor tilts to center 1"/3' to keep water from freezing the walls loose from the base.

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Making a Backdrop for Indoor Plant PhotosMaking a Backdrop for Indoor Plant Photos
By rocklady, April 15, 2014

When my indoor plants bloom, DH and I like to take photos of them. Sometimes it is difficult to obtain a good photograph of them without a proper backdrop.

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Above-Ground Ponds Are Easy: No Digging RequiredAbove-Ground Ponds Are Easy: No Digging Required
By Newyorkrita, April 14, 2014

You can easily have a small decorative pond by using a preformed ready-made patio pond.

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The April 2014 Daylilies Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The April 2014 Daylilies Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, April 12, 2014

This is it! The big one! One of the biggest raffles in the history of All Things Plants. We're giving away over $500 worth of prizes, so get your acorns out and buy your tickets! Good luck!

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Grow Your Cucumbers Vertically and Save Space.Grow Your Cucumbers Vertically and Save Space.
By Newyorkrita, April 12, 2014

If you are short on space in your vegetable garden, as I am, then up is the way to go!

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ATP Podcast #52: Talking Daylilies with Curt HansonATP Podcast #52: Talking Daylilies with Curt Hanson
By dave, April 11, 2014

We are joined today by the prodigiously award-winning daylily hybridizer Curt Hanson, and will discuss everything hybridizing.

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Water Beds for Daylilies?!?!?!Water Beds for Daylilies?!?!?!
By fiwit, April 11, 2014

Until fall 2013, the only water beds I'd ever heard of were for humans. Then Daylily hybridizer Lee Pickles described the water beds he made for his daylilies, and I knew I had to try it for myself.

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By Esc on Apr 17, 2014 2:26 PM, concerning plant: Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia 'Cassie's Curls')

I have a brugmansia. Cassie's curls. Angel's trumpet. I live in San Antonio. My yard faces west-south-west. A big oak tree blocks late afternoon sun. I am looking for advice on where to plant this. In a container? Hanging basket? My gardens are full and really don't have room. The plant arrived in the mail after our perennials came back and we added new so we're pretty full. Would appreciate any suggestions. I'm inexperienced with this plant. Thanks.

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By Bonehead on Apr 16, 2014 9:07 PM, concerning plant: Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)

This is not my favorite tree, simply because it looks dead in the winter when I would like more of a lively presence. It's very beautiful when it first greens up, kind of a soft look to it, and is also nice in fall when it turns. Grows fairly quickly.

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By HamiltonSquare on Apr 16, 2014 8:44 PM, concerning plant: Blue Sage (Salvia reflexa)

I think that Salvia lanceolata is NOT a synonym of Salvia reflexa. There is a photo of one Savia reflexa with a blue flower and the rest with the pinkish flower and bracts are Salvia lanceolata in the ATP database. I'm growing the one with the showy rusty pink bracts and flowers. We have it listed as Salvia lanceolata and i was about to change it to reflexa............ Any Salvia experts in the ranks of ATP?

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By Bonehead on Apr 16, 2014 8:16 PM, concerning plant: Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)

This is a non-native invasive in the Pacific Northwest. It quickly will overwhelm an entire field and livestock generally won't eat it. The best way we've found to eradicate it is to simply mow it regularly. If it doesn't go to seed, it will eventually go away. Patience is a virtue.

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By eclayne on Apr 16, 2014 7:54 PM, concerning plant: Abyssinian Gladiolus (Gladiolus murielae)

Assuming that what I grow is in fact G. murielae, much of the literature underestimates its potential height. Last year was my first growing these, and in full sun and rich sandy loam my plants easily exceeded 4 feet in height. As recommended, I kept the soil constantly moist.
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