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Bring a Snake into Your Home!Bring a Snake into Your Home!
By fiwit, July 29, 2014

On Oct 31, 1997, I discovered a baby rattlesnake in my home office, curled up behind my chair. That is NOT the kind of snake I recommend you bring into your house. Instead, adopt a Snake Plant, also called Mother-in-Law's Tongue. The perfect house plant, it's easy to grow, difficult to kill, and its broad leaves make it very effective at removing toxins from the air.

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Use Tomato Cages To Protect Plants from DogsUse Tomato Cages To Protect Plants from Dogs
By holity, July 28, 2014

When it's hard to separate your dogs and your plants, some plants run the risk of getting stomped into oblivion or dug out. Here's a low-cost solution.

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Sphagnum Moss vs. Peat MossSphagnum Moss vs. Peat Moss
By drdawg, July 27, 2014

If there ever is confusion concerning plant products, interpreting the labeling of sphagnum moss and peat moss is high on the list.

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Our Herb SpiralOur Herb Spiral
By dave, July 26, 2014

In early 2012 we built an herb spiral and it has since become a cornerstone of our gardens. Allow me to take a moment to share with you how and why we built this amazingly useful garden structure.

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Announcing the ATP and Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest!Announcing the ATP and Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest!
By dave, July 25, 2014

Our friends at Caladium Bulbs 4 Less are sponsoring our very first photo contest at All Things Plants, and there are prizes to win! Do you have great photos of caladiums? Then enter them in our contest and win prizes along with the admiration of your peers!

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Beautiful Lamb's EarsBeautiful Lamb's Ears
By SongofJoy, July 25, 2014

One of my favorite foliage plants is the 'Silver Carpet' variety of Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina). It's tough and semi-drought-tolerant.

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Indoor Cactus Gardening 101Indoor Cactus Gardening 101
By kararenee, July 24, 2014

A beginner's guide to growing cacti and succulents indoors.

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ATP Podcast #65: Xeriscaping in the GardenATP Podcast #65: Xeriscaping in the Garden
By dave, July 23, 2014

We took last week off but we're back and ready to talk about gardening. It's Xeriscaping Week at ATP and today we're going to dive down deep into the topic of xeriscaping. What is xeriscaping? Is it only for desert regions? Is it something that you can put into practice in your own garden? Find out in today's episode of the ATP podcast!

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The Magic in YarrowThe Magic in Yarrow
By Sharon, July 22, 2014

There was magic, she said, in the plants we gathered from the mountain. Magic plants had three reasons for living: They gave us food, they gave us medicine, and they gave us beauty. She said yarrow was truly magic because it was also a plant that could live with very little water. To me, the very best part about yarrow was that it was so old it had a story to tell. That made it even more magical. I loved Aunt Bett's stories.

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By TBGDN on Jul 28, 2014 3:53 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Silver Pink')

This came directly from Gilbert Wild Nursery back in the Mid-1990's. It has survived several transplants as well as total shade, hot sun and soggy soil conditions. Although not showy or 'glitzy' it has a quaint charm about it that is appealing when viewed along a shady path in the garden. We've grown it approximately 16-18 years: It is a very rugged plant.

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By kqcrna on Jul 28, 2014 3:48 PM, concerning plant: Blackcurrant Sage (Salvia x jamensis 'Hot Lips')

I have this plant in a container near my front porch and the hummingbirds visit it often. It has produced mostly solid red blossoms with just a few bicolor ones.

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By chalyse on Jul 28, 2014 6:54 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Dream Legacy')

Zone 9b (Local Temps = Min 25/Max 108)

Vigor and Flower: Dream Legacy succumbed to crown rot the spring after it was planted here, following persistent struggles with aphid infestations during the prior summer, and never produced a bloom.

Foliage: Foliage was somewhat on the narrow side which makes it difficult for a cultivar to do well here, and the plant is a dormant which can also be problematic in our climate.

My recommended alternative tet for 9b would include evergreen Spanish Sketch which has the benefit of being able to maintain wider and more plentiful foliage, and does well growing slowly as it winters over in the garden. The background color of the petals when viewed in the morning show the nice subtle pastels and shading of a dormant, and deepen and clarify into full tet. colors by mid-day. I have not seen any insect infestations with this cultivar and the foliage has stayed a deep green compared to most others. It was tested by the University of Arkansas in 2001 and ranked as highly resistant to rust, which means that few or no pustules were observed on the plant's surfaces when exposed to rust. This is noted as an excellent possibility for both garden display and hybridizing toward resistance.

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By bonitin on Jul 28, 2014 5:47 AM, concerning plant: Kiwi Fruit (Actinidia deliciosa)

I had a male plant in the past. It made flowers, but of course no fruit as I didn't have a female.
Now I have only a female plant as the male died due to Vine Weevils.
As I had no more space for another male, I wasn't really expecting fruit on the female Kiwi vine, but to my surprise it does give fruit without a male!

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By dirtdorphins on Jul 27, 2014 7:58 PM, concerning plant: Cranesbill (Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Crystal Rose')

The color of the blooms is really more of a 'hot pink' than the rose tones my camera somehow blessed them with...

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