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Keep Your Soil Dwellers Awake at Night!  Some Random Thoughts...Keep Your Soil Dwellers Awake at Night! Some Random Thoughts...
By Anderwood, January 26, 2014

A free nitrogen source that is 2% by volume!

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Got Weeds? by greene and Plant SisterGot Weeds? by greene and Plant Sister
By greene, January 25, 2014

If you have weeds, why not put them to work for you? Stir up a batch of FPE - Fermented Plant Extract - and your weeds magically become fertilizer and pesticide - and it's organic!

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Creating a Color Theme with AnnualsCreating a Color Theme with Annuals
By Joannabanana, January 24, 2014

Have you ever thought it would be fun to have a color themed garden? Using annuals to enhance a specific color is a lot easier than you may think. One of the advantages is that you can change your color theme every year.

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ATP Podcast #43: The Annuals Week PostludeATP Podcast #43: The Annuals Week Postlude
By dave, January 24, 2014

We wrap up annuals week with a discussion of the interesting articles posted to this site this week. We also talk about the usual things happening around the farm, Dave introduces us to his aquaponics efforts, and we have an impromptu discussion about some interesting crepe myrtle cultivars and species.

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Zinnias, Old-Fashioned Annuals for the Modern GardenZinnias, Old-Fashioned Annuals for the Modern Garden
By Newyorkrita, January 23, 2014

Zinnias are in constant bloom from late spring till frost. These vibrant colorful flowers come in a rainbow of colors and are attractive to butterflies and gardeners. Zinnias are so easy to grow and make wonderful cut flowers.

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Winter Sowing AnnualsWinter Sowing Annuals
By chelle, January 22, 2014

Did you know that you could sow your annual seeds in winter? I didn't, but now I'm hooked on winter sowing not only perennials and shrubs, but also many of my annuals. The following ideas can help to keep your garden chock-full of blooms all season long, too, and it's so easy to do!

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Pelargonium CuttingsPelargonium Cuttings
By springcolor, January 21, 2014

If you have a hard-to-find or favorite variety that you want more of, here’s how to propagate it easily.

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Easy Annual Flowers Bloom All SummerEasy Annual Flowers Bloom All Summer
By RickCorey, January 20, 2014

Common "easy" annual flowers produce lots of blooms and are very forgiving of soil, climate, and lack of experience.

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Grow Annuals for Butterflies and HummingbirdsGrow Annuals for Butterflies and Hummingbirds
By Marilyn, January 19, 2014

Annuals for Color and Attracting Hummingbirds, Butterflies, and Bees

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The Top 25 Annuals, Selected by ATP MembersThe Top 25 Annuals, Selected by ATP Members
By dave, January 18, 2014

Ever wonder what the most popular annuals appear to be? We have run a report of the most photographed and discussed annuals in our database!

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ATP Podcast #42: Seed Starting of Tomatoes and PeppersATP Podcast #42: Seed Starting of Tomatoes and Peppers
By dave, January 17, 2014

For today's episode, in addition to our usual segments, Dave and Trish will share all their favorite tips and tricks for starting tomatoes and peppers from seed.

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The BeanThe Bean
By Sharon, January 16, 2014

If you could grow only one vegetable, one that would provide the most nutrition for you and your family, what would it be?

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Renewing a Favorite African VioletRenewing a Favorite African Violet
By 4susiesjoy, January 15, 2014

If you have a favorite African Violet and it has grown too large, looks scruffy, or has a turkey neck (it has lost its lower leaves and the stem looks long and lanky), but you hate to throw it away because it has sentimental value, or because it's a favorite, you can renew it. Without the lengthy process of starting a new plant from leaves, you can have a rejuvenated blooming plant.

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Bottom-Watering Seedling Trays with Cotton Flannel Prevents Water-LoggingBottom-Watering Seedling Trays with Cotton Flannel Prevents Water-Logging
By RickCorey, January 14, 2014

You can bottom-water seedlings right in their tray if you put a fuzzy capillary mat between the pots and the water-holding tray under them. Add only a little water at a time, and the mat will carry that water in equal amounts to every pot or cell.

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Light Spectrums' Effects on PlantsLight Spectrums' Effects on Plants
By drdawg, January 13, 2014

Light requirements vary from species to species and they even vary within the species themselves. Lumens measure light intensity whereas light spectrum measures wavelength.

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Winter Is the Time of Slow GrowthWinter Is the Time of Slow Growth
By bitbit, January 12, 2014

One important thing to remember about winter gardening is that plants don't grow very fast when the days are short and the weather's cold.

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The January Not-A-Raffle Raffle!The January Not-A-Raffle Raffle!
By dave, January 11, 2014

We kick off 2014 with a new raffle! Come in and check out our lineup of prizes.

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Peas Are Cold Weather CropsPeas Are Cold Weather Crops
By RickCorey, January 10, 2014

My Favorite Snow Pea Pod and Snap Pea Pod Varieties

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Brassicas for Early Spring PlantingBrassicas for Early Spring Planting
By abhege, January 9, 2014

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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Choosing the Right Broccoli For YouChoosing the Right Broccoli For You
By bitbit, January 9, 2014

This winter garden staple has so many varieties that it's easy to get overwhelmed when you look at a seed catalog or well-stocked nursery. Here's a summary of a few varieties I've grown, and the pros and cons of each.

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Cold Season Crops? Yes, You Can!Cold Season Crops? Yes, You Can!
By chelle, January 8, 2014

Whether you like to get outdoors a bit each day despite the weather, or you just don't care to brave icy roads searching for expensive fresh produce, growing your own crops on into winter definitely has its benefits.

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Plant for Your Zone and Harvest All WinterPlant for Your Zone and Harvest All Winter
By bitbit, January 8, 2014

Even in the coldest areas, there are usually some plants that will survive the winter and allow you to have garden-fresh produce despite the weather.

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ATP Podcast #41: The Podcast is Back!ATP Podcast #41: The Podcast is Back!
By dave, January 8, 2014

Today our podcast breaks dormancy as we begin a new year full of new podcasts. Come on in, listen and get caught up with what's been going on around our farm, and see ATP's top 5 most successful ideas from the past 2 months.

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Avoiding Loose-Leafed Brussels SproutsAvoiding Loose-Leafed Brussels Sprouts
By bitbit, January 7, 2014

Sometimes your Brussels sprouts form loose, leafy heads instead of the tight ones you expect. Why does that happen, and how can you prevent it?

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Better Than SnowballsBetter Than Snowballs
By farmerdill, January 7, 2014

When I was young, the winter months were quite dreary. Food was minimal during the depression and was mostly dried beans and canned fruits, as well as vegetables and root crops stored in the ground. Fresh vegetables were rare and coveted. In Piedmont Virginia at that time, that meant kale, rape, parsnips and white mustard. I despised parsnips, and still do to this day. Dad would look me straight in the eye and say: “Better than snowballs when you are hungry."

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