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Garlic, Part IGarlic, Part I
By drdawg, May 4, 2015

I have grown heirloom, gourmet garlic for several years, and over that time have learned some of its history, some of the myths/misconceptions associated with it, and what garlic grows where. In a second article I will discuss some aspects of the particular varieties, how to grow it, and how to store it.

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All About the Black Soldier FlyAll About the Black Soldier Fly
By orchidgal, May 3, 2015

The Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) is an insect that all gardeners should become familiar with. After my encounter with it, I did much research and I am happy to share the information that I've found with my fellow gardeners.

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Where Is That Amazing Garden?Where Is That Amazing Garden?
By JKing, May 2, 2015

Gardeners are enthusiastic about our plants and our gardens. However, we see our own garden much differently from the way our friends view it. How often do we say "you should have seen my garden last week?"

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Roses Celebration Week Wrap UpRoses Celebration Week Wrap Up
By dave, May 1, 2015

We had a good amount of activity centered around roses this week. Here is a report on some of the best photos, who posted them, who thumbed them, and how much activity was in our rose forum. We also announce today the new Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Microbadge!

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ATP Podcast #88: Celebrating RosesATP Podcast #88: Celebrating Roses
By dave, April 30, 2015

Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Albas, Grandifloras, etc etc etc. What do they all mean? In today's episode, Trish shares from her depths of knowledge about the various kinds of roses, and you're sure to be inspired. After that we have an interesting discussion about this new fad where companies unnecessarily label their plants as "non-GMO."

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Roses and Clematises in a Small Natural GardenRoses and Clematises in a Small Natural Garden
By Jasmin, April 29, 2015

If you want your small city garden to evoke natural spaces and offer something to wildlife, a classic combination of roses and clematises is perfect for you.

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Pedro Dot and the Pernetiana RosesPedro Dot and the Pernetiana Roses
By zuzu, April 28, 2015

Pernetiana roses were in great demand in the first half of the 20th century, and although they have now been relegated to the hybrid tea class, many rosarians believe they should still be regarded as a class of their own.

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My Experience with Rose Rosette DiseaseMy Experience with Rose Rosette Disease
By gemini_sage, April 27, 2015

I moved to my current home 8 years ago, and I brought almost every plant from my garden with me, including about 50 roses. It was an exciting time, as I had lived in a wooded, shady hollow, and I was happy to give so many sun-loving plants an appropriate home. I had chosen rose varieties for shade tolerance and disease resistance, because I knew the shade and moisture would be inviting for fungal diseases. Although we experienced a terrible drought that year, the roses did respond well to the sunny, open environment, and they settled in nicely in spite of the dry growing season.

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Enjoying Roses in VasesEnjoying Roses in Vases
By Calif_Sue, April 26, 2015

Creating bouquets for the house is an added bonus to growing them in the garden, and roses usually are the main feature of my bouquets. Here are a few tips for cutting them and keeping them fresh looking.

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By Cyclaminist on May 3, 2015 8:57 PM, concerning plant: Spider Milkweed (Asclepias viridis)

I bought seed from Prairie Moon Nursery, and planted it out in the garden. Prairie Moon sells lots of milkweed species. Hopefully the seeds will sprout and I'll get a plant or two. The flowers look so awesome.

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By Cyclaminist on May 3, 2015 8:41 PM, concerning plant: Early buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis)

I bought a plant from Prairie Restorations, and planted it on my sunny, dry, and sandy loam hill. This is a species that's very tolerant of dryness. It frequently grows on rock outcrops. I'd like to have it growing all over, so I'll start more from seed.

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By Cyclaminist on May 3, 2015 8:33 PM, concerning plant: Tall Larkspur (Delphinium exaltatum)

This plant has lovely dark green and almost leathery leaves, as in the picture below. It blooms in midsummer here, and has dusky blue-purple flowers. It seems to be very drought-tolerant; I have it growing on top of a hill in sun and sandy loam soil.

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By Cyclaminist on May 3, 2015 8:31 PM, concerning plant: Wild Basil (Clinopodium vulgare)

I bought seeds from Prairie Moon Nursery and started them in a pot. They all came up, and I hope they'll do well in the garden, because mint family plants are great for attracting bees and other insects! This should be a good plant for our dry soil.

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By Cyclaminist on May 3, 2015 8:19 PM, concerning plant: Narrowleaf Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium)

Unlike Virginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum) this one doesn't have fragrant leaves, or at least my plants don't. The leaves taste a little bitter, but that's all. But all mountain-mint flowers provide food for short-tongued bees and wasps. Because the flowers are tiny, these insects can reach into them to drink the nectar. They should be planted much more often, because native bees and wasps aren't doing that well and need to helped by homeowners.

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