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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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The Magic in YarrowThe Magic in Yarrow
By Sharon, July 22, 2014

There was magic, she said, in the plants we gathered from the mountain. Magic plants had three reasons for living: They gave us food, they gave us medicine, and they gave us beauty. She said yarrow was truly magic because it was also a plant that could live with very little water. To me, the very best part about yarrow was that it was so old it had a story to tell. That made it even more magical. I loved Aunt Bett's stories.

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By wildflowers on Jul 29, 2014 4:40 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Mortgage Lifter')

A nice slicer tomato with good old fashioned flavor and meaty texture. Not a bad producer once it gets going, this one is still giving nice sized fruits during our hot summer months.

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By farmerdill on Jul 29, 2014 4:00 PM, concerning plant: Melon (Cucumis melo 'Ogen')

A great little melon that I grew in the 70's and 80's in Virginia. Does not do well here in Georgia. I like green fleshed melons so I moved up to the hybrid Galia types. Basicly the same flavor but more adaptable to my present conditions.

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By EdBurton on Jul 29, 2014 2:12 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'The Goldilocks Effect')

I bought The Goldilocks Effect in the summer of 2013.
The first time I saw it in bloom is this summer 2014, and by far it is one of the best looking polychromes I have ever seen.
Size is huge, flowers open wide with flawless blooms, seems to be an easy pod setter, branching and bud count are good and I expect it to only get better as plant grows to clump size, and it grows in the frozen tundra of NE Wisconsin!
How sweet is that?
I have been spreading the pollen on everything, this plant is on the grow forever list for me.
Highly recommended.
Ed Burton

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By dbrawner on Jul 29, 2014 1:32 PM, concerning plant: Peach (Prunus persica)

It makes for a great smoking wood for bbq ribs and pulled pork. :-D

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By flaflwrgrl on Jul 29, 2014 11:54 AM, concerning plant: Jelly Palm (Butia capitata)

Pindo palms are one of the most cold hardy of the feather palms. They have beefy trunks, covered with persistent leaf bases. The fronds are gracefully arching and curve back down toward the ground and then in toward the trunk. It is a slow but steady grower. They will begin producing fruit at about 8 or 9 years of age. The fruit can be messy when it falls on sidewalks, driveways, or patio areas, so you will want to plant it far enough away from those areas so that it doesn't cause problems. I would say 12 to 15 feet would certainly do it.
This is a palm that can be planted beneath power lines because of its height limit.

Native to South America, ranging through northern Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and southern Brazil.

When mature, it produces copious amounts of fruit. The fruit is wonderfully fragrant, and if you get anywhere near it, your nose will pick up the sweet, tropically fruity aroma. The fruits are used to make jelly and wine. They are very fibrous and have a single large seed, slightly larger than a cherry pit and dark brown in color. You can chew the fruit and spit out the fiber, or bite into it and suck on the juice. Be careful as the juice will run down your hands and arms. Yes, they are that juicy! The flavor has been described in many, many ways, all involving a mixture of more commonly known fruit flavors.

In my personal experience, the first thing that hits your taste buds is tartness, but not horribly so. Less than a second later, strawberry mingles in, followed by banana, and then a sweet mango-orange flavor, all of the flavors mixing together in a delicious fusion, all the while tickling your nose with the scents of the tropics.

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