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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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Spring and Fall CropsSpring and Fall Crops
By RickCorey, January 6, 2014

With cold-weather crops, your first garden harvest could occur weeks earlier next year!

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Bok ChoiBok Choi
By Newyorkrita, January 6, 2014

Bok Choi is a common ingredient in Asian Cooking. It can be stir fried or added to soups. But did you know that it is easy to grow your own from seed?

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Winter Vegetable Gardening for Mild ClimatesWinter Vegetable Gardening for Mild Climates
By dave, January 5, 2014

Most people consider winter the time when the gardens go to sleep and there's nothing to grow, but for those of us who live in fairly mild climates, there's a whole new kind of gardening that can only be done during those cold months.

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Harvest After Frost for Best FlavorHarvest After Frost for Best Flavor
By bitbit, January 5, 2014

Many cold weather crops actually taste sweeter if you harvest them after a frost instead of right before one.

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ATP's Top Cold Weather Crops ListATP's Top Cold Weather Crops List
By dave, January 4, 2014

Let's open this week with a look at a few of the most popular Cold Weather Crops from our Plant Database.

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Grow Tatsoi, A Delicious Asian Green.Grow Tatsoi, A Delicious Asian Green.
By Newyorkrita, January 4, 2014

Looking for something new to add to salad? Try Tatsoi Asian greens. Or serve as a quick stir-fry side dish. Steam it, stir fry it, or add it to soups. Tatsoi is versatile, pretty, and so easy to grow.

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How To Cut Spent Amaryllis/Hippeastrum Bloom Stalks in Difficult SpacesHow To Cut Spent Amaryllis/Hippeastrum Bloom Stalks in Difficult Spaces
By mcash70, January 3, 2014

Once the beautiful blooms have faded on your Amaryllis plants, the bloom stalks will need cutting if you are not letting the plant set seed pods. This will let the energy go into the production of the leaves to feed the bulb.

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Quick Way to Germinate Daylily Seed in a Cold ClimateQuick Way to Germinate Daylily Seed in a Cold Climate
By mainer35, January 2, 2014

Northern daylily hybridizers can use at least two methods to germinate their daylily seed. This can be done by planting the seed outdoors in a preferred growing medium. In this case, you can usually expect seed germination the following spring. If, however, you want bigger seedlings next spring, a quicker way is needed to germinate the daylily seed.

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Growing Strawberries in Cold ClimatesGrowing Strawberries in Cold Climates
By Joannabanana, January 1, 2014

Strawberries are of the rose plant family Rosaceae and genus Fragaria. There are over 20 different species and hundreds of varieties. In addition, there are three different "Types" of strawberries: June-Bearing, Ever-Bearing and Day-Neutral. The different types do require some different growing maintenance to achieve a good size crop in your home garden year after year.

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American Pokeweed, Pokeberry, Phytolacca americanaAmerican Pokeweed, Pokeberry, Phytolacca americana
By frostweed, December 31, 2013

What a beautiful and useful plant this is! This plant is really attractive with its red stems and white flowers that turn into lovely red berries. The leaves also turn gorgeous colors in the fall. It can grow as high as six or eight feet.

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Tulip 'Beauty of Apeldoorn' for Beautiful Colors in SpringTulip 'Beauty of Apeldoorn' for Beautiful Colors in Spring
By Newyorkrita, December 30, 2013

Sometimes they are solid yellow and sometimes solid red, often yellow with red streaks, or red with yellow streaks. If you want similar warm colors that bloom at the same time, then plant 'Beauty of Apeldoorn' tulips.

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Safely Growing Invasive PlantsSafely Growing Invasive Plants
By patrob, December 29, 2013

Grow mints or other aggressively spreading plants in tubs partially sunk into the ground. Punch a few holes in the bottom of the tub for drainage.

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Have a Bucket HandyHave a Bucket Handy
By goldfinch4, December 28, 2013

I always carry a 5 gallon bucket with a handle into the garden with me. I keep plant tie-wraps twisted onto the handle in case I need them. On the way to the garden, the bucket holds my tools. On my way back from the garden, it holds the weeds and spent flowers.

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Choose the Shovel for the Soil TypeChoose the Shovel for the Soil Type
By Skiekitty, December 27, 2013

If you live in rocky soil / hard clay, use a fiberglass shovel to dig. The right tool for the job!

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Recycle Christmas Trees To Benefit BirdsRecycle Christmas Trees To Benefit Birds
By SongofJoy, December 26, 2013

Evergreen trees are good for protecting bird feeders from predators and wind. After the holidays, recycle your old Christmas tree to help the birds.

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What Was Under Your Tree?What Was Under Your Tree?
By Trish, December 25, 2013

After you've unwrapped your gifts, come share with us! Were there gardening related goodies for you? Did you give garden goodies to someone else? Do tell!!

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Team Natural or Team All FauxTeam Natural or Team All Faux
By Trish, December 24, 2013

Continuing our fun ideas this week, let's talk about our holiday decor! Natural elements or all faux in your house. Share away- the more pictures, the better!

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Team  Poinsettias  or No Poinsettias?Team Poinsettias or No Poinsettias?
By Trish, December 23, 2013

Continuing with our fun chat threads, come share with us about this popular winter plant.

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Feeding the BirdsFeeding the Birds
By Trish, December 22, 2013

As we approach Christmas, we're turning the focus of our Ideas toward fun and chatty conversation. Today, let's talk about feeding the birds over the winter.

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"Team Overwinter" or "Team Buy New""Team Overwinter" or "Team Buy New"
By Trish, December 21, 2013

As the first day of winter has officially arrived, annuals have been put away for the year. Let's talk about how you treat these tender plants in your garden.

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Handcrafted Wreaths from Your Own GardenHandcrafted Wreaths from Your Own Garden
By Boopaints, December 20, 2013

Nothing says "Welcome" like a wreath. Grab some of your favorite greens, blooms, and garden supplies and make a quick garden wreath.

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Chicken Litter Makes Great FertilizerChicken Litter Makes Great Fertilizer
By Skiekitty, December 19, 2013

If you keep chickens, make sure that you spread around the straw/sawdust/bottom of the coop in the late fall / early winter. Let the winter snow/rains mix this into the soil. Free nitrogen and happy plants!

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Book Review: Gardening the Amana WayBook Review: Gardening the Amana Way
By dave, December 18, 2013

Hot off the presses is a new book by author and ATP member Larry Rettig, about gardening in the Amana Colonies. Let me share my review of this interesting and useful book.

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Prickly Seed Pods?Prickly Seed Pods?
By greene, December 17, 2013

Last year I removed seeds from some dry, prickly Leonotis seed pods - with my bare hands. Ouch! Having learned from my mistakes, when I was fortunate enough to gather more pods this year, I tried to remove the seeds while wearing gloves. Alas, I was not destined to be a brain surgeon and was all thumbs. I needed a better idea...

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