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Feedlot Panel ArborsFeedlot Panel Arbors
By beckygardener, March 2, 2015

Do you need an easy and inexpensive way to make sturdy and long-lasting arbors that can be used to grow most climbing plants? I've got just the project for you!

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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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By jmorth on Mar 1, 2015 6:43 PM, concerning plant: Small Cupped Daffodil (Narcissus 'Burbidgei')

Burbidgei is a division 3 daffodil (see specifics above).

The name Burbidgei is also used as a Group name that includes 25 daffodils w/ the use of Burbidgei as a supplement to the whole name. These are all listed under the synonym name, which is noted in db as the daffodil name. An example would be Burbidgei 'Beauty' which equals 'Beauty' and is so listed.

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By jmorth on Mar 1, 2015 4:46 PM, concerning plant: Large Cupped Daffodil (Narcissus 'Bunclody')

This large-cupped, yellow-petaled w/ orange cup daffodil is a classic award-winning entry from England by John Lea; registered in 1963; it has an illustrious history in daffodil breeding. It is both seed and pollen fertile. It's been utilized in the former 15 times, the latter 23 times, by hybridizers mostly in Northern Ireland and the United States (also England and New Zealand) from 1983 through 2010.

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By KentPfeiffer on Mar 1, 2015 3:53 PM, concerning plant: Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Shorty')

Beautiful, subtly colored iris. It's listed as an intermediate bearded iris, but is fertile with both tall bearded irises and standard dwarf bearded irises.

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By KentPfeiffer on Mar 1, 2015 3:48 PM, concerning plant: Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Orca')

Absolutely beautiful, very close to a "black and white plicata".

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By KentPfeiffer on Mar 1, 2015 3:46 PM, concerning plant: Border Bearded Iris (Iris 'Wild')

The brightest orange ground I've seen on a plicata. Its flowers are fairly large for a border bearded iris.

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