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Happy Thanksgiving!Happy Thanksgiving!
By Trish, November 26, 2015

From all of our household to all of you- Happy Thanksgiving!

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Making a Pebble PlanterMaking a Pebble Planter
By goldfinch4, November 25, 2015

Looking for a little project to pass the time when cold or rainy weather keeps you out of the garden? How about making a cute pebble planter? This design works especially well for succulents and alpine plants because of the excellent drainage this pot provides.

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Top 10 List of Pests That Affect HouseplantsTop 10 List of Pests That Affect Houseplants
By paulgrow, November 24, 2015

As the outdoor gardening season is winding down in many parts of the country, a lot of us are bringing plants indoors or purchasing houseplants to keep our thumbs green during the winter months. Do you know that most pests that affect houseplants are brought in hitchhiking on other plants? I’ll help you identify many of those pests.

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Winterizing Roses in the ExtremesWinterizing Roses in the Extremes
By Joannabanana, November 23, 2015

For a number of years I have been growing hybrid teas, floribundas, miniatures and of course hardy shrubs. Mid October to mid November is the time to put the roses to bed for the winter.

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Team Gloves, or No Gloves?Team Gloves, or No Gloves?
By ShadyGreenThumb, November 22, 2015

Is wearing gloves a necessity during your day in the garden? Or do you get right to work sans protection, to feel the earth in real time?

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Drying Seeds with Silica GelDrying Seeds with Silica Gel
By RickCorey, November 21, 2015

It can be slow to dry seeds thoroughly in humid weather and prevent mold. Seal partly dried seeds in a tightly sealed jar with a desiccant like silica gel to get them down to 15% eRH, which will give them the longest possible viable lifetime in storage.

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Mosquito Net as a ShadeclothMosquito Net as a Shadecloth
By Sunlover, November 20, 2015

Mosquito nets aren't useless when they get holes in them. I use mine as a light shadecloth.

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I Have a (Garden) DreamI Have a (Garden) Dream
By rositoes, November 19, 2015

For years I have wanted to cover a trellis with morning to midnight blooms. I would plant an assortment of Morning Glories for early-in-the-day blooms in shades of red, blue, and violet. As they close, The flowers of the Alamo Vine would open at noon, showing their pink centers within the white bloom. In the early evening, the saucer-like MoonVine flowers would slowly begin to unfurl in all of their fragrant glory, some white and maybe some of the pinks. I might even add some Cypress Vines for their feathery foliage and little bursts of color!

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Creating an Indoor Herb Garden During the Winter SeasonCreating an Indoor Herb Garden During the Winter Season
By jonathanleger, November 17, 2015

Fall has arrived and winter is not far behind. If you're already starting to miss those fresh garden herbs that you like to season your food with, fear not. You can seriously prolong your growing season by having an indoor herb garden this winter.

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By jmorth on Nov 25, 2015 5:56 PM, concerning plant: Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum)

The infamous plant Socrates ingested in 399 BC that caused his death.

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By HoosierHarvester on Nov 24, 2015 1:01 PM, concerning plant: Clary Sage (Salvia viridis 'Marble Arch Blue')

Seeds can likely be winter sown in warmer climates, as they do self-sow lightly here in growing zone 5. Perhaps lightly because seeds aren't 100% winter hardy here? Seeds prefer light for germination, so surface sowing is best by gently pressing seeds into soil/mix. Seeds generally germinate when temperatures are 68-70°F or above.

The only difference I can see in the Salvia 'Marble Arch' series and Salvia 'Clary' series, is plant height. To me, the flowering bracts look the same.

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By valleylynn on Nov 21, 2015 3:08 PM, concerning plant: Common Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

This culinary thyme self-sows easily in my Oregon, zone 8, growing conditions. It is my favorite "go to" cooking herb in my garden. I have it growing in a raised bed with sandy loam soil, topped with chicken grit. Seems to be very drought tolerant in our hot and dry summer months of July, August, and September. The plant in the photo taken 11/21/2015 is 4 years old and seems very happy planted in one of the cinder block holes. I imagine the roots have run very deep down the two stacked blocks.

Even in fall and winter the leaves have a nice strong thyme flavor and scent.

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By valleylynn on Nov 20, 2015 4:08 PM, concerning plant: Maple (Acer palmatum 'Geisha Gone Wild')

A sport of Acer palmatum 'Geisha', discovered and introduced by the Flora Wonder(tm) Collection of Buchholz Nursery.
6' tall x 3' wide in 10 years, a more vigorous grower than A. 'Geisha'.
My tree is only about 3 feet tall at this time, but the bark has an interesting brown/green color, and it looks very nice against the bright colored fall leaves.
It seems to be the last maple in my yard to lose its leaves. They hold on for a long time after the bright fall color appears.
All seasons of the leaf color are striking: magenta pink and pale pink in spring, changing to pink and cream for the summer, then a bright red/orange for fall color.

An upright dense growth habit make this tree perfect and easy for containers or the small garden.

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By KentPfeiffer on Nov 19, 2015 4:58 PM, concerning plant: Louisiana Iris (Iris 'Rosiflora')

Originally described as a distinct species, now classified as a cultivar of Louisiana Iris.

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