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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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A Mid Week Spotlight on Our Members' Winter Interest PhotosA Mid Week Spotlight on Our Members' Winter Interest Photos
By dave, February 18, 2015

All week ATP members have been posting their best winter interest photos. In fact, at the time of this writing, exactly 200 winter interest pictures have been posted to the database. Here are some of the best, along with some links to discussions about them.

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Winter in the NorthWinter in the North
By 4susiesjoy, February 17, 2015

I've always had a chuckle when I've seen articles in garden magazines that talk about planting for winter interest. Here in zone 3, everything usually has frozen before the middle of October and is covered with snow shortly afterward. But then I started looking around.

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Winter Interest in the SnowbeltWinter Interest in the Snowbelt
By chelle, February 16, 2015

Creating winter interest and a pleasant view once your prized evergreen shrubs are buried for the duration, and after your brightly colored berries have been consumed by wildlife, can be done, but think hip-height or higher, and plan for more than one focal point.

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Winter in My Wisconsin GardenWinter in My Wisconsin Garden
By goldfinch4, February 15, 2015

One thing is certain about winter in Wisconsin – it’ll never be the same two years in a row.

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Celebrating Winter Interest!Celebrating Winter Interest!
By dave, February 14, 2015

Pine cones, seed heads, winter bloomers, colorful red berries, and much more! Let's kick off Winter Interest Week with a look at the most popular plants in our database that give some kind of interest to our gardens in the winter. We also introduce a new gallery option in our database for winter interest, with bonus acorns this week!

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ATP Podcast #78: Late Winter GardeningATP Podcast #78: Late Winter Gardening
By dave, February 13, 2015

We're half way through February and that means that we're approaching the finishing line in our race to get through winter, so in this episode we're going to talk about those mid to late winter chores you might want to get to. We'll also feature a fun new segment of the podcast, "plant this," where Dave and Trish will each share their thoughts on a specific plant.

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How To Make a Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder SetupHow To Make a Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder Setup
By keithp2012, February 12, 2015

Do you have trouble with squirrels getting to your bird feeders and you want to find a way for birds and squirrels to eat peacefully? I'm sharing a setup my grandfather designed to hang my bird feeders.

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Team Pick It Off, or Team Leave It Be?Team Pick It Off, or Team Leave It Be?
By Trish, February 11, 2015

Many gardeners are beginning to start their seeds as spring approaches. Each gardener has their own way of doing things, so let's find out which team you are on!

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Keep Compost AerobicKeep Compost Aerobic
By Anderwood, February 10, 2015

Once a compost pile goes anaerobic, it is toxic to plants.

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Plant Pole -- 8 Hanging Plants in Less Than 2 sq. ft. of Greenhouse SpacePlant Pole -- 8 Hanging Plants in Less Than 2 sq. ft. of Greenhouse Space
By Ecscuba, February 9, 2015

Make this plant pole for under $20 in about an hour. It uses less than 2 feet of floor space in your greenhouse. It holds small to medium-sized pots (herbs, seedlings, etc.). Great for on the patio too. As an added bonus, a light can be hung at the top, which will be handy when you absolutely must go to the greenhouse after dark :) Feeling really creative? Paint and decorate the pole.

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 Using Vinyl Blinds for Tagging Plant Crosses Using Vinyl Blinds for Tagging Plant Crosses
By blue23rose, February 8, 2015

Because they are so easy to cut and are durable enough to last through the summer, vinyl blinds are a cheap and easy way to tag plant crosses.

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Use a Tall Shepherd Hook To Hang Suet FeedersUse a Tall Shepherd Hook To Hang Suet Feeders
By Newyorkrita, February 7, 2015

Keep the suet away from squirrels and raccoons by using a shepherd hook to hang the suet cage.

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A Look at the Database Contributions from This WeekA Look at the Database Contributions from This Week
By dave, February 6, 2015

The Celebration Week for the database is coming to a close, so let's look back on the week and see what was posted, who posted it, and what were the most noteworthy contributions.

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ATP Podcast #77: Chatting about our Plant DatabaseATP Podcast #77: Chatting about our Plant Database
By dave, February 5, 2015

Is it possible to spend over 30 minutes talking about the All Things Plants Database? Yes! There's so much to talk about, from the custom databases, parentage of cultivars, multi-plant images, comments, moderators, green pages, planting calendars, growers reports, and so much more!

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Let's Do a Mid-Week Check on the Database ContestLet's Do a Mid-Week Check on the Database Contest
By dave, February 4, 2015

As you all know, this week we are hosting a contest in the Plant Database. The two most active users will receive gift certificates from Victory Seed Company. Well, we're halfway through with the week, so let's see what the numbers look like so far.

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All About the Custom DatabasesAll About the Custom Databases
By dave, February 3, 2015

In today's article, I'll explain what our custom databases are, why we made them, how they work, and what kinds of powers they give us in using the database. Anyone interested in a specific kind of plant will likely find this information quite informative and useful!

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Let's Hear from the Database ModeratorsLet's Hear from the Database Moderators
By dave, February 2, 2015

One of the biggest strengths of our plant database is that we have it sectioned off into "custom databases," each dedicated to a specific kind of plant, and that members can be given power to moderate every aspect of those areas. Come read what our moderators think about the database in this interesting multi-person interview!

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Two Database Features You May Not Know AboutTwo Database Features You May Not Know About
By dave, February 1, 2015

We have a powerful photo browsing tool that I want to make sure you know about, and we have a planting calendar tool that hooks into the database and makes planning your vegetable garden a breeze.

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Celebrating the All Things Plants Database...with a contest!Celebrating the All Things Plants Database...with a contest!
By dave, January 31, 2015

Almost every feature of All Things Plants taps into the database in one way or another, and this week we are celebrating this aspect of ATP! Come in and read what activities we have planned for the week, and to learn about our contest with prizes offered by Victory Seed Company!

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Brassicas for Early Spring PlantingBrassicas for Early Spring Planting
By abhege, January 30, 2015

As we start planning our spring vegetable gardens, one of the first crops we plant may include members of the brassica family, such as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.

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ATP Podcast #76: Composting in the WinterATP Podcast #76: Composting in the Winter
By dave, January 29, 2015

In today's podcast, Trish and Dave share their thoughts on composting in winter. What to do to keep it alive, when there are no grass clippings or weeds? We also talk about the Green Pages feature at All Things Plants, and give miscellaneous thoughts on the goings-on around our farm.

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Moving a Young Tree or BushMoving a Young Tree or Bush
By valleylynn, January 28, 2015

If you soak the ground the day before, really well, it will be that much easier to dig up a young tree or bush that you want to move to a different area of the garden.

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Create Your Own Grow-Light Shelving UnitCreate Your Own Grow-Light Shelving Unit
By beckygardener, January 27, 2015

Need an indoor grow-light shelving unit to sow and grow your plants during the winter months? This is how I made one.

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