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The Top 50 Most Popular Spring Blooming BulbsThe Top 50 Most Popular Spring Blooming Bulbs
By dave, March 28, 2015

We made it! Winter is over and it's springtime! Let's celebrate with a special week dedicated to these beautiful bulbs that brighten our gardens every spring, and we open that week with a look at the most popular of these plants.

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Let's Remember the MonarchsLet's Remember the Monarchs
By SCurtis, March 27, 2015

Let's all plant a butterfly garden this year to help the butterflies and bees.

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ATP Podcast #83: Our Herb SpiralATP Podcast #83: Our Herb Spiral
By dave, March 26, 2015

In this week's episode, we're going to talk about our wonderful herb spiral that we love and think that everyone should copy for their own gardens. Learn about how we made it, how we use it, what we grow on it, and why it's the best herb growing structure in the world.

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It Is Time To Bring Those Pelargoniums out of HibernationIt Is Time To Bring Those Pelargoniums out of Hibernation
By jvdubb, March 25, 2015

The days are getting longer and spring is just around the corner. March is a good time to bring those Pelargoniums you tucked away for winter back out into the world.

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The Wonderful ComfreyThe Wonderful Comfrey
By dave, March 24, 2015

Comfrey is incredible. It's a soil builder, a fertilizer, a compost enhancer, has medicinal properties, is a good feed source for animals, and much more. Let's talk about this chief of plants.

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Winter Assessments as Snow RecedesWinter Assessments as Snow Recedes
By chelle, March 23, 2015

Right now is one of the best opportunities to actually see the garden, while the distractions of new sprouts, early blooms, and weedy patches screaming for attention are still weeks away.

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Mid-Winter Garden BluesMid-Winter Garden Blues
By Weedwhacker, March 22, 2015

What’s a northern gardener to do??

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The March 2015 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The March 2015 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, March 21, 2015

This is it! After a 5 month break, we are finally back in the raffle saddle! You've been anticipating this raffle for a long time, and your wait is now richly rewarded. Dig out your acorn purse and pony up for tickets because this is a raffle you will definitely want to participate in! 8 companies provide huge prizes so come on in and take a look, and get your tickets while they're available.

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The Best Sempervivum Photos from this WeekThe Best Sempervivum Photos from this Week
By dave, March 20, 2015

We had around 350 images posted to our database of Sempervivum this week! Let's finish off our Celebrating Sempervivum week with a look at some of the most thumbed pictures.

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Sempervivum and Sedum- the Perfect Container Plants in Any ZoneSempervivum and Sedum- the Perfect Container Plants in Any Zone
By CDsSister, March 19, 2015

Growing in Colorado can be a challenge, but using containers, I can grow some of my favorite plants.

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Refurbishing a Sedum ChairRefurbishing a Sedum Chair
By pardalinum, March 18, 2015

Garden projects incorporating sedum and sempervivum need occasional maintenance to continue looking good.

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Tiny BeautiesTiny Beauties
By goldfinch4, March 17, 2015

I think it’s safe to say that most of us collect sempervivums for the diversity of the rosettes, but it would be a shame to ignore the beauty of their tiny flowers.

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Sempervivum and Sedum OdditiesSempervivum and Sedum Oddities
By valleylynn, March 16, 2015

There are many oddities to be found within the Sempervivum and Sedum genera, such as crested plants and sports. Here we will look at just a few of them.

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A Low-Water-Use Sedum Accent GardenA Low-Water-Use Sedum Accent Garden
By pardalinum, March 15, 2015

If you live in an area where water costs are high, you might consider making an "accent" garden using various sedums.

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Celebrating SempervivumCelebrating Sempervivum
By dave, March 14, 2015

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

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Raised Garden Bed - No Longer a Neighborhood Litter Box!Raised Garden Bed - No Longer a Neighborhood Litter Box!
By HeidiOregon, March 13, 2015

Our empty raised garden beds appear to be a favorite restroom spot for cats in our neighborhood (and there are many). Planting seeds or new plant starts is a crapshoot... literally! We came up with an easy, inexpensive solution.

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ATP Podcast #82: Growing Vegetables in ContainersATP Podcast #82: Growing Vegetables in Containers
By dave, March 12, 2015

In today's podcast we'll give some tips on gardening in containers, with the focus on vegetables. What can you grow, how do you get started, and what pitfalls should you avoid? All that, and much more, on today's podcast!

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Annual Sunflowers Are Pretty and Easy To GrowAnnual Sunflowers Are Pretty and Easy To Grow
By Newyorkrita, March 11, 2015

Big, bold and beautiful. Sunflowers make a grand statement.

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Removal of Lava Rock MulchRemoval of Lava Rock Mulch
By Jeyra, March 10, 2015

The home we purchased six years ago came with extensive landscaping, complete with lava rock mulch. We wanted to replace the lava rock mulch with something more biodegradable that would break down and add nutrients to the soil as it decomposed over time. However, the thought of digging out all the lava rocks that had become deeply embedded into the soil over the years seemed a formidable task.

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Between Loppers and Chainsaw: Using a Cordless Reciprocating Saw as a Garden ToolBetween Loppers and Chainsaw: Using a Cordless Reciprocating Saw as a Garden Tool
By evermorelawnless, March 9, 2015

Using a cordless reciprocating saw with a pruning blade is often easier (and safer) than using a chainsaw or even loppers. This article describes how we use a recip saw around here as a garden tool and provides several illustrations.

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Glossary AdditionGlossary Addition
By gg5, March 8, 2015

I'd like to add two words to the ATP Glossary: Deciduous and Herbaceous

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Humidity, and Killing Two Birds...Humidity, and Killing Two Birds...
By dyzzypyxxy, March 7, 2015

So this week in Florida it has been dry. You know we Floridians are used to nice, high humidity, and most of the time in winter it's even pretty good. But when a big cold front reaches down this far, the air gets mighty dry for us tropical folks and our tropical plants.

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ATP Podcast #81: The Veggies and Herbs You Should GrowATP Podcast #81: The Veggies and Herbs You Should Grow
By dave, March 6, 2015

Grow your own food to get the most bang for your buck!! Not just saving money but time and energy. We're going to talk about the easiest and most important edibles that you should consider growing this year.

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Air-LayeringAir-Layering
By drdawg, March 5, 2015

Often, we want to propagate a special or valuable plant but find seeds are hard, if not impossible, to find and/or have failed at rooting cuttings. Air-layering may be the answer to this problem.

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Bamboo Poles Make Instant TepeesBamboo Poles Make Instant Tepees
By Newyorkrita, March 4, 2015

Need a quick easy fix for those climbing peas or shorter vines? Simply use some bamboo stakes.

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