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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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No More Trenching!! -- Tool for Nearly Painless Irrigation Pipe InstallationNo More Trenching!! -- Tool for Nearly Painless Irrigation Pipe Installation
By evermorelawnless, March 3, 2015

After having installed several PVC-based irrigation systems in my Utah yards, there had to be a better way. There is, and I found it. This article describes a nearly painless way - using a tool that I invented - to install black poly irrigation pipe with little impact to the lawn or gardens. It's been an incredible sweat/labor-saver for me.

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Feedlot Panel ArborsFeedlot Panel Arbors
By beckygardener, March 2, 2015

Do you need an easy and inexpensive way to make sturdy and long-lasting arbors that can be used to grow most climbing plants? I've got just the project for you!

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Use a Palette Knife To Remove Seedlings for Potting UpUse a Palette Knife To Remove Seedlings for Potting Up
By abhege, March 1, 2015

Because it is flat and narrow, a palette knife can be a useful tool for seed starting.

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Brightly Colored Berries for Winter Beauty and Attracting Songbirds.Brightly Colored Berries for Winter Beauty and Attracting Songbirds.
By Newyorkrita, February 28, 2015

An easily accomplished way of adding interest and color to your winter garden is by planting winter fruiting shrubs.

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ATP Podcast #80: Seed Starting and Much MoreATP Podcast #80: Seed Starting and Much More
By dave, February 27, 2015

In this week's episode we talk all about our favorite techniques of seed starting, including the paper towel method. We also discuss important information: preventing damping off, soil selection, etc. Trish shares from her pinboard of bad ideas, and gives us an inspiring look at garden poppies.

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Horned Melon Part Two, or  'Everything But the Horns'Horned Melon Part Two, or 'Everything But the Horns'
By greene, February 27, 2015

Plant Sister is at it again, using almost every part of something as food. [center] She says, "I learned from my mother about many things: Do not throw away food or let it go to waste". Written by Plant Sister and greene

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Tree Trimming Companies Are Great Sources for MulchTree Trimming Companies Are Great Sources for Mulch
By Skiekitty, February 26, 2015

If you need mulch and lots of it, contact a local tree trimming company. Usually they're willing to just give you the mulch for free if you can come and pick it up, or they'll charge you a nominal delivery fee if they're in the area.

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When Rooting in Water Is Just Not EnoughWhen Rooting in Water Is Just Not Enough
By mjsponies, February 25, 2015

Lots of plants seem to root well in water. When you pot them up, however, they seem to decline, or fail to grow at all and die.

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Winter Doesn't End the Beauty of Your GardenWinter Doesn't End the Beauty of Your Garden
By jvdubb, February 24, 2015

Some gardeners mourn the end of their growing season when plants die back. Some gardeners work hard in the fall, cleaning out their beds and cutting everything back for tidiness. While there are reasons to cut back some plants, I've come to love my winterscape when things are left as is.

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Light Spectrum's Effects on Plants -- Part IILight Spectrum's Effects on Plants -- Part II
By drdawg, February 23, 2015

Previously I wrote about light spectrum ranges and how those ranges affect plants. This light range is measured in nanometers, or what's called Kelvin (the K number is printed on fluorescent tubes/bulbs). What is also important is the light intensity. If the light intensity is not great enough, it really won't matter much what the Kelvin number is. Light intensity is measured in lumens.

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Pushing the Zone in AlaskaPushing the Zone in Alaska
By Oberon46, February 22, 2015

Anchorage, Alaska, has a pretty short growing season, which is cool (55-65 F) and tends to be overcast much of the time. So, having a greenhouse would be great. Not having enough room for one on my urban lot, I fortunately discovered raised beds, and to extend the season, hoop beds. Hope you will enjoy my journey into new gardening worlds.

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Reuse Your Seedling Cell Packs To Start Your Own SeedsReuse Your Seedling Cell Packs To Start Your Own Seeds
By Newyorkrita, February 21, 2015

Seed starting is easy when you reuse those garden center cell packs.

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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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