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ATP Podcast #66: Summer Chores and Preparing for Fall GardeningATP Podcast #66: Summer Chores and Preparing for Fall Gardening
By dave, July 30, 2014

TODO items for late summer, presented by Trish, and preparing for the fall garden, presented by Dave! The month of July is coming to a close and that means it's time to start thinking about the fall gardening season. But wait, you might say, we're in the dog days of summer, and you're already talking about fall gardening? Yes indeed, now is the time to get your fall gardening plans in order.

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Bring a Snake into Your Home!Bring a Snake into Your Home!
By fiwit, July 29, 2014

On Oct 31, 1997, I discovered a baby rattlesnake in my home office, curled up behind my chair. That is NOT the kind of snake I recommend you bring into your house. Instead, adopt a Snake Plant, also called Mother-in-Law's Tongue. The perfect house plant, it's easy to grow, difficult to kill, and its broad leaves make it very effective at removing toxins from the air.

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Use Tomato Cages To Protect Plants from DogsUse Tomato Cages To Protect Plants from Dogs
By holity, July 28, 2014

When it's hard to separate your dogs and your plants, some plants run the risk of getting stomped into oblivion or dug out. Here's a low-cost solution.

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Sphagnum Moss vs. Peat MossSphagnum Moss vs. Peat Moss
By drdawg, July 27, 2014

If there ever is confusion concerning plant products, interpreting the labeling of sphagnum moss and peat moss is high on the list.

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Our Herb SpiralOur Herb Spiral
By dave, July 26, 2014

In early 2012 we built an herb spiral and it has since become a cornerstone of our gardens. Allow me to take a moment to share with you how and why we built this amazingly useful garden structure.

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Announcing the ATP and Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest!Announcing the ATP and Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest!
By dave, July 25, 2014

Our friends at Caladium Bulbs 4 Less are sponsoring our very first photo contest at All Things Plants, and there are prizes to win! Do you have great photos of caladiums? Then enter them in our contest and win prizes along with the admiration of your peers!

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Beautiful Lamb's EarsBeautiful Lamb's Ears
By SongofJoy, July 25, 2014

One of my favorite foliage plants is the 'Silver Carpet' variety of Lamb's Ears (Stachys byzantina). It's tough and semi-drought-tolerant.

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Indoor Cactus Gardening 101Indoor Cactus Gardening 101
By kararenee, July 24, 2014

A beginner's guide to growing cacti and succulents indoors.

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ATP Podcast #65: Xeriscaping in the GardenATP Podcast #65: Xeriscaping in the Garden
By dave, July 23, 2014

We took last week off but we're back and ready to talk about gardening. It's Xeriscaping Week at ATP and today we're going to dive down deep into the topic of xeriscaping. What is xeriscaping? Is it only for desert regions? Is it something that you can put into practice in your own garden? Find out in today's episode of the ATP podcast!

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By Weedwhacker on Jul 30, 2014 4:27 PM, concerning plant: Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

This is a seriously invasive, non-native species in our area, a native of Eurasia. It seems important to note that there are chemicals in the leaves, stems and flowers that can cause skin rashes, burns and blisters, especially in the presence of sunlight. Please use caution if you are thinking about growing this plant.

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By chalyse on Jul 30, 2014 12:05 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Amethyst Cream Truffle')

In Zone 9b (Local Temps = 25 Min/108 Max)

Vigor and Flower: Amethyst Cream Truffle has done well in partial shade, though it took a few blooms to stabilize in form and color. Once bloom is well underway, the size, shape, and color were extremely pleasing. Large, loosely flowing doubles are an elegant addition and are my preference over very tightly collected and ruffles ones. Blooms open well in the morning. Has Victoria's Secret in its lineage, rated as resistant to rust by a 2003 grower's survey, which means that less than 50% of the plant's surface showed disease when exposed to rust. This has been noted as being visually acceptable, easily trimmed of infected leaf ends, entirely self-recovering without need for treatment, and a good choice for hybridizing toward resistance.

Scape and Foliage: The scapes are thick, strong, and straight, holding the blooms nicely above the foliage. Foliage is wide, full, and lush.

Fertility: Sets pods well, did not use the pollen to cross this year so will follow up next year.

Overall a very good performer in 9b.

Thumbs up For those who'd prefer a similar double that more quickly settles in and displays true to form, I recommend Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Mulberry Truffle') ... though the wait on Amethyst Cream Truffle is short enough that you may just enjoy having both to display or hybridize.

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By ARoseblush on Jul 30, 2014 9:10 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Ruby Lipstick')

'Ruby Lipstick' (a John Benz daylily), was added to my garden in May, 2014. I won it from Abundant Daylilies, a favorite hybridizer of mine earlier in the year. When it arrived it was a very small 3 fans. I remember thinking at that time, "No way this plant will bloom this year." In fact, I was worried that the plant might not make it through our very cold winter. I planted it very carefully and fed it with alfalfa meal and a fish nutrient tea. In six weeks, this plant has tripled in size, and sent up 2 scapes. I am just thrilled with this increase, and even more so as I will get to see it bloom in a few weeks.

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By ARoseblush on Jul 30, 2014 8:46 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Emerald Dream')

On 'Emerald Dream,' I have posted a picture of a great example of what "rebloom scapes" should look like. In this pix, you see 4 new scapes in the middle of the foliage. Emerald Dream was the first plant to bloom in my Vermont (Zone 4b) garden. Its first bloom was in the middle of June, 2014. Six weeks later, it is still blooming, while sending up rebloom scapes as well. Emerald Dream is a "dream" plant in my garden.

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By RickCorey on Jul 29, 2014 6:05 PM, concerning plant: Cos Lettuce (Lactuca sativa 'Little Gem')

A small, green, romaine-type lettuce.
The small blanched heart is a gourmet delicacy.

'Little Gem' has some heat tolerance, but it grows better in cooler temps.
In hot climates, 'Little Gem' is best as a spring or fall crop.
If you have mild summers, succession plant it all summer long.

Like most lettuces, it needs moist rich soil. 33-50 DTM.
800 seeds/gram. (One gram is listed as seeding a 15' row.)
Because the heads are compact, thin to 6.5" x 6.5" for maximum yield.

Barely cover seeds. Germination temperature: 40-75°F. Emerges in 2-5 days.

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