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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 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 on which the leaf bases persist. The fronds are gracefully arching & curve back down toward the ground & then in toward the trunk. It is a slow but steady grower. They will begin producing fruit around 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 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 it's height limit.

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

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

My personal experience is the 1st thing that hits your taste buds is tart but not horribly so & less than a second later strawberry mingles in, followed by banana & 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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By SongofJoy on Jul 29, 2014 11:31 AM, concerning plant: Melon (Cucumis melo 'Ogen')

Small Israeli melon with a tropical flavor. Very aromatic and sweet. Small size and easily grown on a trellis. Ripe rind turns golden color.

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By poisondartfrog on Jul 29, 2014 7:22 AM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Champagne Cherry')

Heavy fruit set of small cherry tomatoes, pale yellow to near white when ripe. Very sweet.

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By chalyse on Jul 28, 2014 9:06 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Spanish Sketch')

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

Vigor and Flower: Spanish Sketch has done very well in partial shade in 9b, with no insect infestations seen, and does well growing slowly as it winters over in the garden. The background color of the petals when viewed in the morning show the nice subtle pastels and shading of a dormant, and deepen and clarify into full tet. colors by mid-day. It was tested by the University of Arkansas in 2001 and was ranked as being highly resistant to rust there, which means that few or no pustules were observed on the plant's surfaces when exposed to rust. This is noted as an excellent possibility for both garden display and hybridizing toward resistance.

Scape and Foliage: The scape is medium thickness and very sturdy, though it can sometimes take on a not unpleasing slight but upright "S" shape. It holds multiple blooms very nicely and at a very attractive height over the foliage. The fans are able to maintain wider-bladed and more plentiful foliage, starting out a little thin-bladed in center growth, but thick at the outer edges of the fan, and hold eight or more blades on each fan. Spanish Sketch's foliage has stayed a deep green compared to most others.

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By flaflwrgrl on Jul 28, 2014 8:25 PM, concerning plant: Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Tuscarora')

Tuscarora Crepe Myrtle is a stunner! The blooms are absolutely vibrant. The Tuscarora has tan, heavily exfoliating bark, which reveals a slightly deeper shade of trunk underneath. The bloom period for this Crepe Myrtle runs about 70 days, starting in early July. It puts on a show, too, with heavy bloom where the panicles are 8 inches wide by 12 inches long. Tuscarora sports an upright vase shape and has a slightly slower growth rate than many varieties, but its spectacular floral display makes up for the slower growth rate.
Tuscarora is one of the cultivars developed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture National Arboretum, and as such has outstanding mildew resistance. The Arboretum introduced it in 1981.
This cultivar is a great choice for limited spaces because of its growth habit.

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