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Use a Palette Knife To Remove Seedlings for Potting UpUse a Palette Knife To Remove Seedlings for Potting Up
By abhege, March 1, 2015

Because it is flat and narrow, a palette knife can be a useful tool for seed starting.

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Brightly Colored Berries for Winter Beauty and Attracting Songbirds.Brightly Colored Berries for Winter Beauty and Attracting Songbirds.
By Newyorkrita, February 28, 2015

An easily accomplished way of adding interest and color to your winter garden is by planting winter fruiting shrubs.

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ATP Podcast #80: Seed Starting and Much MoreATP Podcast #80: Seed Starting and Much More
By dave, February 27, 2015

In this week's episode we talk all about our favorite techniques of seed starting, including the paper towel method. We also discuss important information: preventing damping off, soil selection, etc. Trish shares from her pinboard of bad ideas, and gives us an inspiring look at garden poppies.

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Horned Melon Part Two, or  'Everything But the Horns'Horned Melon Part Two, or 'Everything But the Horns'
By greene, February 27, 2015

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

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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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By seedtrader on Mar 1, 2015 2:28 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Altaechka (Undocumented / Suspect)')

Originated from Andrey of Belarus.

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By seedtrader on Mar 1, 2015 2:26 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'African Togo (Undocumented / Suspect)')

Go to Timeless tomatoes, you WILL find it there listed under this name.

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By seedtrader on Mar 1, 2015 2:24 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Cardio (Undocumented / Suspect)')

I got it from a grower in CROATIA. It's called Cardio, because it's oxheart shaped. Cardio, aka "heart".

Just because it's foreign, doesn't mean it's "fabricated".

Did you know that most of the tomatoes in SSE, are simply from someone who donated it to the exchange, who got it from someone, else. Where EXACTLY did the original giver get it from?

Others were picked up from foreign markets, and donated. Where did the market seller get it from.

What's the point of listing obscure HYBRID "market grower" tomatoes on here, that no one can actually get, and grow.

And even if they could get it, they'd have to ALWAYS buy seeds to it because it's a HYBRID.

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By seedtrader on Mar 1, 2015 2:10 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Advance')

Aka a HYBRID

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By Weedwhacker on Feb 28, 2015 11:58 PM, concerning plant: Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

A little aggressive in a cultivated area (I transplanted a few milkweed plants from the woods edge to my perennial garden), but easy to pull out if there are too many and well worth the trouble for the benefit to butterflies and bees. Milkweed is the sole host plant for Monarch butterflies, as well as Milkweed Tussock Moths, and crucial to their survival. The flowers are also fragrant, and the pods can add interest to dried flower arrangements. Many types of insects visit the flowers for the nectar.

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