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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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Some of My Favorite Xeriscape Plants Are Real StinkersSome of My Favorite Xeriscape Plants Are Real Stinkers
By SongofJoy, July 21, 2014

I love stapeliads, especially Stapelia gigantea. Some people say the blooms emit a terrible odor. Others say they can't smell them at all.

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Landscape or XeriscapeLandscape or Xeriscape
By Sharon, July 20, 2014

A few years ago if you had asked me what I thought when I heard the word "Xeriscape," I would have immediately said "Cactus and rocks." How little I knew and how quickly my mind was forever changed.

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The ATP Top 50 Xeriscapic PlantsThe ATP Top 50 Xeriscapic Plants
By dave, July 19, 2014

Does xeriscapic mean boring and dry looking? Absolutely not! You'll never believe what beautiful blooms are available for the non-irrigated landscape. Come in and see.

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Lily BeetlesLily Beetles
By pixie62560, July 18, 2014

I have tried everything organically (or so I thought) to get rid of the dreaded Red Lily Beetle. I have used chemicals in the past that have worked fine but left me with a guilty conscience. What am I harming?

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Vertical Herb GardenVertical Herb Garden
By beckygardener, July 16, 2014

Wooden pallets can be repurposed to make a functional and attractive vertical herb garden!

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Easy Protection from the Sun for Young or Sensitive PlantsEasy Protection from the Sun for Young or Sensitive Plants
By StaticAsh, July 15, 2014

Need a quick solution for protecting plants from harsh sun while they acclimate? Try shims!

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Keep Your Bed Clean, and Eat It Too!Keep Your Bed Clean, and Eat It Too!
By Gymgirl, July 14, 2014

Keeping your veggie bed clean will help stave off pests and disease, and it will turn those good clippings into nutritious meals!

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A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
By SongofJoy, July 13, 2014

The Nature Conservancy calls Tennessee the most biologically rich of all the inland states. As I walk through my property and neighborhood, I see many exotic plants. Fortunately, I also see an abundance of native plants.

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The July 2014 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The July 2014 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, July 12, 2014

Time for another raffle! Four nice prizes, plus extra acorns for runner up prizes. Come on in and take a look.

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Use Netting for Fruit TreesUse Netting for Fruit Trees
By jeri11, July 11, 2014

Cover your fruit trees with netting to keep the birds from stealing all of your fruit.

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Most Popular Trees in the SouthMost Popular Trees in the South
By dave, July 10, 2014

Which trees are the most popular in the Southern regions of the United States? Let's find out!

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Most Popular Trees in the NorthMost Popular Trees in the North
By dave, July 10, 2014

Which trees are the most popular in the Northern regions of the United States? Let's find out!

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ATP Podcast #64: Fruit Tree GuildsATP Podcast #64: Fruit Tree Guilds
By dave, July 9, 2014

In this week's podcast, we will talk about planning orchards as complete gardens, rather than as single trees surrounded by grass. What are the various needs that fruit trees have, and are there plants that can actually fulfill those needs? Can an orchard be beautiful, and provide year-round benefits? You'll find out by listening to today's episode.

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Fiddle Leaf FicusFiddle Leaf Ficus
By drdawg, July 8, 2014

Have you ever wondered why Ficus lyrata, aka Fiddle Leaf Ficus, is so hard to find? Well, here's the scoop.

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Dig Planting Holes Ahead of Time!Dig Planting Holes Ahead of Time!
By passiflora, July 7, 2014

There are many times when you are planning to place a tree or shrub, but you don't have the specimen you want or it is not the best time of year to plant. At other times, you may have ideal conditions for digging a hole for your plant: nice cool weather or moist earth after a rain. Maybe you have extra help for digging, or you are just in the mood for a workout. Planting time and hole-digging time do not have to coincide!

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Bagworms and the Damage They Can CauseBagworms and the Damage They Can Cause
By SongofJoy, July 6, 2014

In the South as in other places, bagworms can be a serious problem. Every year they defoliate and destroy many valuable evergreens and other landscape plants.

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The ATP Top 50 Trees and ShrubsThe ATP Top 50 Trees and Shrubs
By dave, July 5, 2014

Let's open Trees and Shrubs week with a list of the most popular of these woody plants in our database. There are a lot of great plants in this list!

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Celebrating 3 Years of All Things Plants with an Acorn DrawingCelebrating 3 Years of All Things Plants with an Acorn Drawing
By dave, July 4, 2014

Today we're celebrating 3 years of All Things Plants, and many members have given a total of 2,300 acorns to be given away as prizes! Here is the video of our drawing.

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How To Prevent Rusty/Stuck Jar RingsHow To Prevent Rusty/Stuck Jar Rings
By chickhill, July 4, 2014

Wash the glass jars used for pressure-canning fruits and vegetables to remove salts and prevent rusty jar rings.

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