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ATP Podcast #97: Desert Plants of UtahATP Podcast #97: Desert Plants of Utah
By dave, October 8, 2015

We just got back from a three week trip to see eight different national parks, mostly in Utah. In today's podcast, we discuss our impression of the deserts we saw, and the plants that live there.

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Use Electrical Tape on Garden ToolsUse Electrical Tape on Garden Tools
By dave, October 7, 2015

In this video, Trish demonstrates how she uses pink electric tape to customize her tools. This makes them easier to find in the grass, and the pink tape deters thieving family members who don't want to be seen using pink tools! :)

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Cover Crops for Beauty and the BeesCover Crops for Beauty and the Bees
By Newyorkrita, October 6, 2015

Cover crops are very useful to attract bees and other beneficial insects. They are most often used as green manures to enrich the soil, but I just grow them because they are pretty and they attract pollinators.

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Simple Tips for Better PicturesSimple Tips for Better Pictures
By dogwalker, October 5, 2015

Some easy ideas to help your photographs

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Gum Balls Can Be Your Friend!Gum Balls Can Be Your Friend!
By Suga, October 4, 2015

I've been told all my life, you have to use what the good Lord gives you! Well, in the summer I get the shade from the gum tree, but in the winter months I get those dreaded gum balls everywhere. I decided there had to be something I could do with them.

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Protection from Rabbits for Small Plants and SeedlingsProtection from Rabbits for Small Plants and Seedlings
By StaticAsh, October 3, 2015

How to make simple cages to keep rabbits from eating your young plants.

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Great Fun Attending a Dahlia ShowGreat Fun Attending a Dahlia Show
By Paul2032, October 2, 2015

My parents were plant lovers, and I remember attending flower shows with them when I was quite young. There were a number of active plant societies then, and many towns had garden clubs that put on a show each year. There was also the state fair and there were some county fairs with shows.

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Dahlias Celebration Week WrapupDahlias Celebration Week Wrapup
By dave, October 2, 2015

We're nearing the end of our Dahlias Week, and it was a great one! Let's have a look at the highlights from the week.

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Dahlias:  Dos And Don'tsDahlias: Dos And Don'ts
By Sharon, October 1, 2015

My love for dahlias got off to a really slow start. I much preferred soil beneath my fingernails than for those same nails to be blackened by bruises from driving dahlia stakes into the ground. And the truth was, dahlias had no other purpose on earth than to stand around looking totally tall and beautiful. I liked plants that had a reason for being, like tomatoes. Now there was a plant worth growing even if it did need to be staked.

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Dahlias in all shapes and sizesDahlias in all shapes and sizes
By mandolls, September 30, 2015

Most gardeners are familiar with the more common types of dahlias, the Formal & Informal Decorative, the Ball, the Single, and the Cactus, but there are other forms that get less notice.

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Solutions for Fruit FliesSolutions for Fruit Flies
By PAgirl63, September 30, 2015

You probably already know to wash or rinse fruits with edible skins, such as apples, pears, grapes, peaches, nectarines, and plums. Don't stop there!

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Stake the DahliasStake the Dahlias
By Sharon, September 29, 2015

I grew up loving wildflowers, their little blooms, their foliage, their purpose in life. They seemed to grow and bloom with absolutely no care or attention. I discovered quite early that none of that was true for my mother's prized dahlias. They had to be staked and tied and needed daily care. I wasn't very fond of a plant whose bloom was too heavy for the stalk it grew on.

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Storing DahliasStoring Dahlias
By chucklasher7, September 28, 2015

I am sure everyone here has their own method, but I have one that has been great. After digging, cleaning and dividing, I put the tubers in bags of various sizes, either Ziploc bags or old bread bags, identify them, then cover the tubers with extra dry Pro-Mix and seal the bag. They go in the coldest corner of the cellar, and my success rate has been virtually 100% for many years.

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Pretty Dahlia StakesPretty Dahlia Stakes
By pirl, September 27, 2015

Many dahlias require staking, but there's a better look than rebar.

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Celebrating Dahlias!Celebrating Dahlias!
By dave, September 26, 2015

We open the Dahlias Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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Fascinating FasciationFascinating Fasciation
By Paul2032, September 25, 2015

The beauty around us seems endless, but sometimes Mother Nature outdoes herself in creating plants and flowers that are unique and that may, depending on your tastes, seem even more beautiful. Fasciated flowers have something that could be described as a little extra and could be considered either gorgeous or grotesque.

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Milkweed, in SeedMilkweed, in Seed
By Newyorkrita, September 24, 2015

In late summer Milkweed pods dry and burst open, showing seeds with silky parachutes.

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Grow Milkweed and Help Save the Monarch ButterfliesGrow Milkweed and Help Save the Monarch Butterflies
By dave, September 23, 2015

Could the monarchs one day actually go extinct? It's not unheard of. The loss of milkweed is directly related to the loss of monarchs. Let's all grow milkweed and preserve this majestic species of butterfly.

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Creating a Butterfly GardenCreating a Butterfly Garden
By Catmint20906, September 22, 2015

Many of us envision a peaceful paradise where butterflies float, serenely sipping nectar from the beauty we have created. For me, the reality of a butterfly garden is humming, vibrant, and thrilling beyond anything I ever could have imagined. Here are some tips for creating a butterfly garden of your own.

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Blame the Bird SeedBlame the Bird Seed
By Chillybean, September 21, 2015

Feeding the birds brings much to our lives. We see and learn from these beauties in a way we wouldn't otherwise. This joy may create some unexpected yard work.

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Tips for ReplantingTips for Replanting
By Lalambchop1, September 20, 2015

I'm currently replanting a daylily bed and thought I'd share a couple of tips.

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A Method of Cleaning Sempervivum and Jovibarba SeedsA Method of Cleaning Sempervivum and Jovibarba Seeds
By parttimegardener, September 19, 2015

I did quite a few crosses this year and, when it came to cleaning up the seeds, I found this method quite helpful in saving some time and avoiding the loss of too many seeds blown away with the debris.

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Salvias Celebration WrapupSalvias Celebration Wrapup
By dave, September 18, 2015

We're nearing the end of our Celebrating Salvias Week, and it was a great one! Let's have a look at the highlights from the week.

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Salvias and Agastaches: Gardener's DelightSalvias and Agastaches: Gardener's Delight
By Catmint20906, September 17, 2015

Salvias and Agastaches are favorites in my garden. They are not only ornamental, but also highly beneficial. Here are three reasons, aside from their stunning and abundant beauty, to grow Salvias and Agastaches in your garden.

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ATP Podcast #96: Storing SeedsATP Podcast #96: Storing Seeds
By dave, September 16, 2015

In this episode Trish shares her best tips on how to properly store and organize your seeds.

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