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Explanations of How Plants Respond to LightExplanations of How Plants Respond to Light
By greene, May 27, 2015

I couldn't figure out why one of my plants looked parched/dry/thirsty even though I had watered the day before. Research tells me this plant is exhibiting a "nyctinastic" response to approaching night. The plant knew when it was day and when it was night, folded its leaves, and appeared to be napping. Wow, a nyctinastic response is fantastic. Do plants sleep? Yes, and they do a whole lot more. There are several types of nastic responses in the plant world.

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Pick Beans in the ShadePick Beans in the Shade
By chickhill, May 26, 2015

Cattle feedlot panels make a wonderful bean trellis for your vining vegetables. Pole beans and cucumbers are what we grow on ours.

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Sleeping Among the PoppiesSleeping Among the Poppies
By bennysplace, May 25, 2015

Rising from the ground in spring with its droopy fuzzy head, the corn poppy begins to work its magic. Seeds from last year’s crop remained silent through the winter and now this simple yet mysterious flower will capture the gardener’s imagination once again.

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Showy Mexican SunflowersShowy Mexican Sunflowers
By Newyorkrita, May 24, 2015

Mexican Sunflowers attract butterflies, honeybees, goldfinches, and hummingbirds to the garden. They are easily grown by seed, so give them a try in your garden this year!

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We're Celebrating Peonies!We're Celebrating Peonies!
By dave, May 23, 2015

We open the Peonies Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars in our peonies database. Join us as we spend the week celebrating these wonderful blooms.

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Keeping the Garden GroomedKeeping the Garden Groomed
By Paul2032, May 22, 2015

A little time committed to deadheading will keep the garden looking fresher and more appealing.

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Book Review: "Roses Without Chemicals" by Peter KukielskiBook Review: "Roses Without Chemicals" by Peter Kukielski
By MargieNY, May 21, 2015

The front cover of this book offers the synopsis: "150 disease-free varieties that will change the way you grow roses." I purchased this book because I wanted to be sucessful growing roses without the use of chemicals.

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Start Replacement Summer Squash Plants To Stay Ahead of Squash Vine BorersStart Replacement Summer Squash Plants To Stay Ahead of Squash Vine Borers
By Newyorkrita, May 20, 2015

One way to stay ahead of SVB damage is the practice of succession planting to keep your squash harvest going.

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Creating a Wall of SedumCreating a Wall of Sedum
By Cookies4kids, May 19, 2015

Creating a beautiful "green" wall in your yard is easy, and it adds a new dimension to your landscaping efforts.

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By Cyclaminist on May 27, 2015 11:42 PM, concerning plant: Thyme Speedwell (Veronica serpyllifolia)

Thyme-leaved speedwell is weedy, but it makes a good thick groundcover and can be walked on. We have it growing in a path.

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By Heidlberg on May 27, 2015 10:45 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Blueberry')

I've planted this tomato two years in a row with not much success. I planted two plants each year and they both yellowed and died just after setting fruit while all my other varieties did fine. I did get a few fruits (one branch) the first year and they were very pretty. They looked like little sparkling purple grapes in the sunshine. I may try one more year before I decide that they just won't grow in my area very well.

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By gingin on May 27, 2015 11:48 AM, concerning plant: Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

I've never really paid too much attention to this plant as the area where it is was very much overgrown. Today while taking pictures of it I realized what the wonderful scent I've been smelling is...saw palmetto blooms. Bees were all over it collecting nectar and pollen.

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By Moonhowl on May 26, 2015 3:48 PM, concerning plant: Aloe (Aloe 'Minnie Belle')

This Aloe is an Ed Hummel hybrid named for his wife, Minnie Belle. It puts out spikes of small bell-shaped, dusty red-orange flowers and is excellent for use on windowsills and in dish gardens.

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By Marilyn on May 26, 2015 8:16 AM, concerning plant: Blue Mist Spiraea (Caryopteris x clandonensis 'First Choice')

Hybridized by Peter Catt at the Liss Forest Nursery in Hampshire, England, and introduced in the US by Plant Haven.

A hybrid that is a cross between two Asian species, Caryopteris incana and C. mongholica.

Cut back in early spring to within 6 inches to keep its growth compact and vigorous.

If a branch touches the ground, it will sprout new roots.

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