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Use a Palette Knife To Remove Seedlings for Potting UpUse a Palette Knife To Remove Seedlings for Potting Up
By abhege, March 1, 2015

Because it is flat and narrow, a palette knife can be a useful tool for seed starting.

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Brightly Colored Berries for Winter Beauty and Attracting Songbirds.Brightly Colored Berries for Winter Beauty and Attracting Songbirds.
By Newyorkrita, February 28, 2015

An easily accomplished way of adding interest and color to your winter garden is by planting winter fruiting shrubs.

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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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By farmerdill on Feb 28, 2015 7:55 PM, concerning plant: Egyptian Walking Onion (Allium x proliferum)

This is the standard among topsetting onions. The plant is perennial, and a patch of them will grow in the wild for years. The topsets make nice pearl onions and are quite flavorful in soups. Both the plant and the small bottom bulb are quite pungent. For those who like pungency, these are very useful as spring onions or scallions.

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By eclayne on Feb 28, 2015 11:59 AM, concerning plant: Fancy-leaved Caladium (Caladium 'Party Punch')

Sibling of Fancy-leaved Caladium (Caladium 'Bombshell')

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By eclayne on Feb 28, 2015 11:58 AM, concerning plant: Fancy-leaved Caladium (Caladium 'Bombshell')

Sibling of Fancy-leaved Caladium (Caladium 'Party Punch')

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By Marilyn on Feb 28, 2015 12:06 AM, concerning plant: Brazilian Verbena (Verbena bonariensis)

This is one of the best butterfly plants! I've seen bees and hummingbirds drinking the nectar from the flowers also. The years I've had it growing in all my flowerbeds, it has been a big "hit" with them. I let it reseed, grow, and bloom for years and I always had bees, butterflies, and/or hummingbirds on the flowers. Any unwanted seedlings are easy to pull up, and you can also deadhead the flower stems to keep it from reseeding. The plants can be cut back during the growing season for shorter height if desired. I noticed that it survives the summer drought very well. Even though it is hardy to zone 7, the seedlings that came up the following years in zone 6 were pretty hardy plants. A nice purple-colored flower.

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By KentPfeiffer on Feb 27, 2015 9:54 PM, concerning plant: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Lab')

'Lab' has been a vigorous grower that blooms prolifically in my garden. I haven't been able to capture just how pretty the flowers are with pictures yet.

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