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Kitchen TimerKitchen Timer
By Boopaints, October 9, 2015

Keep a kitchen timer outside in your garden to remind you to move the hose or go on an errand.

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ATP Podcast #97: Desert Plants of UtahATP Podcast #97: Desert Plants of Utah
By dave, October 8, 2015

We just got back from a three week trip to see eight different national parks, mostly in Utah. In today's podcast, we discuss our impression of the deserts we saw, and the plants that live there.

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Use Electrical Tape on Garden ToolsUse Electrical Tape on Garden Tools
By dave, October 7, 2015

In this video, Trish demonstrates how she uses pink electric tape to customize her tools. This makes them easier to find in the grass, and the pink tape deters thieving family members who don't want to be seen using pink tools! :)

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Cover Crops for Beauty and the BeesCover Crops for Beauty and the Bees
By Newyorkrita, October 6, 2015

Cover crops are very useful to attract bees and other beneficial insects. They are most often used as green manures to enrich the soil, but I just grow them because they are pretty and they attract pollinators.

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Simple Tips for Better PicturesSimple Tips for Better Pictures
By dogwalker, October 5, 2015

Some easy ideas to help your photographs

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Gum Balls Can Be Your Friend!Gum Balls Can Be Your Friend!
By Suga, October 4, 2015

I've been told all my life, you have to use what the good Lord gives you! Well, in the summer I get the shade from the gum tree, but in the winter months I get those dreaded gum balls everywhere. I decided there had to be something I could do with them.

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Protection from Rabbits for Small Plants and SeedlingsProtection from Rabbits for Small Plants and Seedlings
By StaticAsh, October 3, 2015

How to make simple cages to keep rabbits from eating your young plants.

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Great Fun Attending a Dahlia ShowGreat Fun Attending a Dahlia Show
By Paul2032, October 2, 2015

My parents were plant lovers, and I remember attending flower shows with them when I was quite young. There were a number of active plant societies then, and many towns had garden clubs that put on a show each year. There was also the state fair and there were some county fairs with shows.

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Dahlias Celebration Week WrapupDahlias Celebration Week Wrapup
By dave, October 2, 2015

We're nearing the end of our Dahlias Week, and it was a great one! Let's have a look at the highlights from the week.

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By Chillybean on Oct 9, 2015 9:27 AM, concerning plant: Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra)

This plant is native to the North-eastern portion of the United States and is considered an obligate wetland plant; this means it will almost always be found in the Wetlands. The Queen of the Prairie is considered Threatened in Iowa and Michigan; Endangered in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and North Carolina. In areas where it is found naturally, it is an indication of high quality habitat.

I planted several bare roots in early spring of 2015. I placed them in the areas that would get field run off and at times have standing water. I enjoyed watching the emerging leaves come up. I hoped to see flowers, but tried telling myself that it may take time. As the season progressed and we did not get as much rain, I noticed the plants started drooping. We save rain water, so gave them plenty of that between rainfalls. Some late season rains helped this plant a lot.

This plant is a real fighter. One of my patches was mowed early July. Oh! I was devastated; I could not even look for a day. I had someone else dump water on the area. I braced myself the next day and found there were only a few old leaves left. I poured gallon after gallon of water in the spot and new life showed itself. I was so relieved.

Beginning in September, buds started forming on one that had been mowed. That was not expected at all. They usually bloom in the heat of the summer. With the first frost approaching, I really did not think they would open, but they did! What a glorious surprise!

Though seemingly unrelated, this plant belongs to the Rose Family. For insects seeking nectar, they will be disappointed as the only food it supplies is pollen. Deer and other mammals seem to leave the foliage alone.

I plant my natives with the thought they can go where they will, either by seed or underground. For those who like a neat garden, this may not be the one for you. It can be rather lively in smaller areas as it spreads by rhizomes.

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By jmorth on Oct 8, 2015 8:39 AM, concerning plant: Large Cupped Daffodil (Narcissus 'Culmination')

1982 saw the arrival of the division-2 cultivar 'Culmination' from West Coast hybridizer Grant Mitsch (Oregon). Culmination, being both seed and pollen fertile, has been instrumental as a parent cross (7 as seed parent and 22 as pollen parent)) for subsequent daffodil cultivars. Of the 29 known crosses, 27 have advanced as named daffodils (2 are noted seedlings). The named cultivars were born between 1995 and 2011 in the USA (19 times), New Zealand (7 times), and England (1 time).
Culmination is a nicely proportioned daffodil with a "pink" (salmon-rose) corona against a white background (petals).

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By BillAlleysDLs on Oct 8, 2015 7:15 AM, concerning plant: Dinner Plate Dahlia (Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill')

Prolific blooms, big and beautiful!

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By jmorth on Oct 7, 2015 11:35 AM, concerning plant: Maltese Cross (Silene chalcedonica)

Pertaining to Silene chalcedonica: "Chalcedonica" epithet refers to Chalcedon, an ancient town in present-day Turkey.
My attempt to grow this plant, unfortunately, was a failure.

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By Chillybean on Oct 7, 2015 10:56 AM, concerning plant: Lion's Foot (Prenanthes alba)

The Lion's Foot, also called White Lettuce, is native to the the Northeast portion of the United States, extending into the eastern portion of the Dakotas. It is also native to Eastern Canada, as far west as Saskatchewan.

This plant grows best in dappled sunlight in fertile, loamy soil, but can tolerate rocky soils. It likes average moisture.

My plant did well in nearly full shade, only getting early morning sunlight. The soil is not the best, but this is one of the few things that has actually succeeded growing in this spot. The only rain it received is what the Lord provided.

It formed many buds and the first flowers opened in mid-August. They continued blooming for a while before stopping. To my surprise, in early October it is opening more flowers. Unlike the early flowers that had straight stamens, these are curled up, giving this a unique appearance. For some reason, the Pink-spotted Ladybeetles are drawn to this plant right now, covering the flowers and buds.

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