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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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Dahlias:  Dos And Don'tsDahlias: Dos And Don'ts
By Sharon, October 1, 2015

My love for dahlias got off to a really slow start. I much preferred soil beneath my fingernails than for those same nails to be blackened by bruises from driving dahlia stakes into the ground. And the truth was, dahlias had no other purpose on earth than to stand around looking totally tall and beautiful. I liked plants that had a reason for being, like tomatoes. Now there was a plant worth growing even if it did need to be staked.

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Dahlias in all shapes and sizesDahlias in all shapes and sizes
By mandolls, September 30, 2015

Most gardeners are familiar with the more common types of dahlias, the Formal & Informal Decorative, the Ball, the Single, and the Cactus, but there are other forms that get less notice.

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By Frillylily on Oct 6, 2015 11:41 AM, concerning plant: Stonecrop (Hylotelephium spectabile 'Autumn Fire')

Blooms for me were a soft pink color and for this reason I parted with it. Bloomed the first week of Oct, I consider light pink to be a spring color. I have grown Autumn Joy and it has a richer color, more appropriate for a fall color palette.

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By jmorth on Oct 6, 2015 10:42 AM, concerning plant: Large Cupped Daffodil (Narcissus 'Crocus')

This all yellow cultivar was bred by the Englishman Percival Williams in 1927 and has been the recipient of the RHS Award of Merit three times and the First Class Certificate twice. Crocus has been well utilized in the world of daffodil breeders in both seed parent role (10 times) and pollen parent role (47 times). From these efforts have arisen 52 named cultivars and 5 noted seedlings. This happened from 1938 to 1979 from various locations that were once part of the British Empire (Australia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, England) and Ireland.
That's a pretty good track record.

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By jmorth on Oct 6, 2015 10:21 AM, concerning plant: Large Cupped Daffodil (Narcissus 'Creag Dubh')

Creag Dubh was bred by England's John S B Lea in 1978. It's both seed and pollen fertile, used in the former capacity 7 times and 8 times in the latter capacity, The 15 crosses have resulted in 14 named cultivars from England, New Zealand, Australia and the United States from 1999 to 2014.

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By Bonehead on Oct 4, 2015 9:52 PM, concerning plant: False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosum)

Native in the Pacific Northwest, found in moist to wet shaded areas. The berries, mottled green to begin with and then bright red, are edible but not particularly palatable. Naturalizes readily in areas it likes, then goes dormant about mid-summer. Used medicinally by various native peoples. I find it a good companion for bulbs.

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By Bonehead on Oct 4, 2015 9:29 PM, concerning plant: Curly Willow (Salix matsudana)

This is a fairly fast growing tree, up to about 30'. Interesting twisty branching, but as with all willows, it's messy (drops leaves and twigs) so give some thought to the siting. As it matures, you can prune out branches for many uses. I've used cuttings for chicken roosts, birdhouse posts, and garden edgings. Easy to propagate, just snip off some whips and set them in water until they root. Or jam them directly into a swampy area. Be cautious about planting too close to your septic system as it is a water hog.

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