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Horned Melon Part Two, or  'Everything But the Horns' written by Plant Sister and greeneHorned Melon Part Two, or 'Everything But the Horns' written by Plant Sister and greene
By greene, February 27, 2015

Plant Sister is at it again, using almost every part of something as food.
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She says, "I learned from my mother about many things: Do not throw away food or let it go to waste".

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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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Pushing the Zone in AlaskaPushing the Zone in Alaska
By Oberon46, February 22, 2015

Anchorage, Alaska, has a pretty short growing season, which is cool (55-65 F) and tends to be overcast much of the time. So, having a greenhouse would be great. Not having enough room for one on my urban lot, I fortunately discovered raised beds, and to extend the season, hoop beds. Hope you will enjoy my journey into new gardening worlds.

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Reuse Your Seedling Cell Packs To Start Your Own SeedsReuse Your Seedling Cell Packs To Start Your Own Seeds
By Newyorkrita, February 21, 2015

Seed starting is easy when you reuse those garden center cell packs.

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Winter Interest - The Eye of the BeholderWinter Interest - The Eye of the Beholder
By evermorelawnless, February 20, 2015

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe. But I’d argue that the phrase is six words too long. Beauty is. It just is. And if anything needs to be tuned, it’s the beholder’s eye. That’s true in my case, at least. This article illustrates how my vision has changed…or, better, maybe I’ve opened my eyes to things I was blind to previously.

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ATP Podcast #79: Winter InterestATP Podcast #79: Winter Interest
By dave, February 19, 2015

It's cold and everyone is posting photos of their winter interest plants. In today's episode we'll talk about our own favorite winter interest items: both plants and other gardening elements. Enjoy the show!

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By Metrosideros on Feb 26, 2015 11:06 AM, concerning plant: Sedge (Carex wahuensis subsp. rubiginosa)

A reddish-brown seeded Sedge, which grows on lava rocks in mesic to dry forest.

It will only grow in undisturbed habitat.

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By Metrosideros on Feb 26, 2015 10:14 AM, concerning plant: (Cyperus hillebrandii var. hillebrandii)

Hawaiian Botanists call this Mariscus hillebrandii subsp. hillebrandii.

An unusual native Sedge, which grows on lava rocks in mesic to dry forest.

The name 'Ahu'awa refers to the Hawaiian use of the plant to arrange a number of the stems to form a strainer.

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By flaflwrgrl on Feb 25, 2015 7:28 PM, concerning plant: Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Native to every state in the U.S., except California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, and Mississippi. Also native to Ontario, Manitoba, and Quebec provinces in Canada.
This is not an aggressively spreading milkweed. It blooms later than many milkweeds, which makes it a great candidate for extending the milkweed season.
This is both a nectar plant as well as host plant for the endangered Monarch butterfly, so it feeds the caterpillars as well as the adults.
Milkweeds are fantastic for the monarch butterfly population.
This is a milkweed that likes moisture, and the leaves are thin and will tend to dry out rather quickly if they are picked to feed Monarch caterpillars if you are trying to raise them.
This also attracts many other butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and moths.

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By farmerdill on Feb 25, 2015 5:24 PM, concerning plant: Cauliflower (Brassica cretica 'Early Snowball')

Been a lot of years since I grew Snowball, back in the 60's in Virginia. It was fair, but not competive with any of the hybrids I have grown since. Small heads which separate quickly. Not as reliable to head either. Usually had about 10-15 percent that did not properly head.

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By jmorth on Feb 24, 2015 9:08 PM, concerning plant: Large Cupped Daffodil (Narcissus 'Havelock')

A historic yellow daffodil bred by P D Williams (England) in 1927, with awards almost too many to count. Awards - FCFA (1st Class Forcing Award) 1938, FA (Forcing Award) 1936, FCC (First Class Certificate) 1936, AM (Award of Merit) 1927, 1930, 1931, 1932, and 1933.
Havelock is also significant as a seed (five times) and pollen parent (one time). Mostly English breeders and one American utilized its fertility between 1939 and 1946.

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