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Many Veggies Taste Best RawMany Veggies Taste Best Raw
By Newyorkrita, August 28, 2015

Lots of summer veggies taste great raw, straight from the garden.

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An All Things Plants Favorite: GarlicAn All Things Plants Favorite: Garlic
By dave, August 27, 2015

What is the absolute easiest edible plant you can grow? I spent my entire morning contemplating that question, and nothing came to mind that beats garlic. As everyone knows, it's a bulb, planted in the fall, grown through the winter, and harvested in very early summer. It requires no special care during the growing season, and has absolutely innumerable uses. Let's talk about this incredible plant.

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 Make Your Ponds More Inviting to Frogs Make Your Ponds More Inviting to Frogs
By Newyorkrita, August 26, 2015

Ever wonder why some ponds have frogs and others don't? Help the frogs out with pond plants.

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Homemade Humidity Trays for Multiple OrchidsHomemade Humidity Trays for Multiple Orchids
By chris1948, August 25, 2015

These are inexpensive, very easy to make, and only take a few minutes for each one. They work very well, especially with all the orchids I have in my greenhouse.

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The Most Important Garden Pass-AlongThe Most Important Garden Pass-Along
By grannysgarden, August 24, 2015

We often refer to an heirloom plant as a pass-along. These are very dear to us, but there is an even more important garden pass-along, which is the garden practices and garden knowledge we adhere to in our own gardens.

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Garden PhotographyGarden Photography
By frankrichards16, August 23, 2015

Photographs are a great way to document and share gardens and garden history. Here is what I have learned.

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Video: Harvesting Salvia SeedsVideo: Harvesting Salvia Seeds
By dave, August 22, 2015

In this video, Trish shows us how she harvests seeds from her Salvia greggii in our East Texas garden.

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Echinaceas Celebration WrapupEchinaceas Celebration Wrapup
By dave, August 21, 2015

We're nearing the end of our Echinaceas Week - let's have a look at the highlights from the week.

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Three Days Remain in our August Not-a-Raffle-RaffleThree Days Remain in our August Not-a-Raffle-Raffle
By dave, August 20, 2015

Reminder for all ATP members!! The raffle is still ongoing and it's not yet too late to buy your tickets! Don't have acorns for buying tickets? I'll share some tips in this article.

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By Chillybean on Aug 27, 2015 10:50 AM, concerning plant: Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

This small shrub is native to the Central United States, found in well-drained prairies and open woodlands. The 1-3 foot height above ground is shorter than its 4-foot or longer root. I like a lesser known common name, Prairie Shoestring, which possibly refers to the laced shoestring look of the leaves.

Of the many natives I have planted as bare roots or plugs, this is one of the slowest growers. Several have become lost because of the faster growing grasses around them. They do not tolerate a lot of moisture, doing much better without any additional watering from me. The Leadplant is listed in seed mixes we have purchased, but we have not yet found any in our prairie patches.

Deer and other mammals will eat the leaves and berries. One way to deter the rabbits and deer is to grow strong-scented plants nearby. They need to smell when a predator is coming, and plants such as Monarda will mask that scent. This is not foolproof, as a hungry deer may eat anything, but so far it has worked for us.

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By Chillybean on Aug 27, 2015 9:59 AM, concerning plant: Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)

This plant is part of a group called "distaff thistle," native to the arid regions of Europe, Asia, and North Africa that receive only seasonal rain. It is these growing conditions that allowed a portion of our bird seed to grow and thrive the summer of 2012.

Spring started like any other, bringing needed rains to the area, but then we went into a drought cycle. It was a hard time for people and animals, but not for this plant. This was a mouthful of seed sown by a ground squirrel in the front yard, so the plants did not get as large as they otherwise could have in a cultivated field. This may have been caused by a lack of fertilizer, and they didn't receive enough sun.

Because it is a type of thistle, it will have the characteristic prickles. Those sharp points kept me from gathering the dried seed later in the year. I just left them in place for the birds.

The safflower has not turned into a weed here, even with the many ground squirrel plantings. Most of the time we are too wet for this to thrive, even if it does germinate.

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By KentPfeiffer on Aug 26, 2015 5:49 PM, concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Foot Stompin')

Parentage: Exotic Notions X 07-317: (04-440: (02-224: (Braggin Rights x A-481: (Unfinished Business x 97-313: (95-287: (Letmentertainu x Stars and Stripes) x 95-164, see Braggin Rights))) x 02-448: (A-408: (97-544, see Texas Tradition, x 98-398, see Texas Tradition) x 99-373, Banker Dave pod parent)) x 05-126, see Furgitten Time)

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By terrafirma on Aug 26, 2015 8:44 AM, concerning plant: Devil's Trumpet (Datura metel 'Double Purple')

This morning I discovered that nearly half of my Datura had been defoliated overnight. The culprit had not only eaten the leaves, but also some seed pods. Upon closer inspection, I found the hungry varmint: a Tomato Hornworm. This Datura especially seems to be a delightful treat to the Hornworm.

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By blue23rose on Aug 25, 2015 8:55 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Red Volunteer')

Even though I started with a double fan of Red Volunteer in 2008, I have given a lot of it away over the years and still have a good sized clump. While it is considered red, some blooms appear to be a very dark raspberry red. On very hot days, it does not look as vibrant, but it still retains a lot of color.

Red Volunteer is listed as a midseason bloomer. I live in zone 6b and my records show that in 2009, it bloomed from 6/29/09 to 8/5/09 and then had rebloom from 9/14/09 to at least 10/11/09. In 2010, it bloomed from 6/17/10 to 7/17/10, but no rebloom. This year, it only bloomed from 6/22/15 to 7/17/15 and I attribute that to the fact that there has been a lot of shrub growth in that area.

Rust resistance is great. The foliage always looks nice on it.

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