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The June 2015 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The June 2015 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, June 13, 2015

Time for another raffle and this time, the ticket buying window will be open for a bit over 2 weeks. Come on in, check out the prizes, buy your tickets and have fun!

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Clematis Celebration Week Wrap UpClematis Celebration Week Wrap Up
By dave, June 12, 2015

Another great week of celebration is coming to a close. Let's have a look at some of the highlights from the week.

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The Importance of Pruning ClematisesThe Importance of Pruning Clematises
By goldfinch4, June 11, 2015

If you’ve ever seen a clematis that is one big mountain of tangled up stems, it’s almost enough to scare you away from growing them. But let’s take a look at why, when, and how these remarkable vines should be pruned and you’ll find it’s not as difficult as it seems.

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The Clematis Pronunciation DebateThe Clematis Pronunciation Debate
By grannysgarden, June 10, 2015

Since this is Celebrating Clematis Week, I thought I would pose a question to all regions that grow and love the plant. How do you pronounce the word "clematis"?

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Clematis/Rose CombinationsClematis/Rose Combinations
By zuzu, June 9, 2015

Clematises and roses are ideal companions. They grow well in the same types of locations, thrive in the same types of soil, require the same amount of watering, and respond equally well to the same fertilizers.

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Clematis - Dynamic Companion (Part 1)Clematis - Dynamic Companion (Part 1)
By Jasmin, June 8, 2015

We admire clematises because of the beauty of their flowers, but their dynamic nature, their rush to the top, and the sense of movement that they bring to the landscape offer much more to gardeners and admirers.

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Clematis in ContainersClematis in Containers
By canadanna, June 7, 2015

Despite my Canadian avatar, I live in Texas, so I can’t speak from practical experience about growing clematises in containers in the North. It is possible, however, to grow a clematis in a pot in a hot zone, and likely not that different in my native land.

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The Top ClematisesThe Top Clematises
By dave, June 6, 2015

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

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How To Peel a Head of Garlic in 20 Seconds!How To Peel a Head of Garlic in 20 Seconds!
By p1mkw, June 5, 2015

Sounds a little far-fetched, doesn't it? But you can do it.

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ATP Podcast #90: Heading into SummerATP Podcast #90: Heading into Summer
By dave, June 4, 2015

We're finally back with episode 90 and we pack a lot into this one! We talk about the fun gardening chores that occur as you head into summer. Trish shares fascinating information about hydrangea bloom colors and Dave boasts about ATP versus the rest of the gardening online websites.

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Coffee, Anyone?Coffee, Anyone?
By donnabking, June 3, 2015

About to pour out that leftover coffee? Wait! Hold on. It's not finished yet. It still has work to do. I have found that some plants love their coffee as much as I do.

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Time Your Cut FlowersTime Your Cut Flowers
By goldfinch4, June 2, 2015

For bouquets or floral displays, cut flowers early in the morning or late in the evening and they'll last longer in your arrangement.

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Longer Lasting Cut FlowersLonger Lasting Cut Flowers
By Skiekitty, June 1, 2015

Instead of using water in your vase of freshly cut flowers, use flat Sprite or 7-Up. The citrus keeps them perky and the corn syrup keeps them alive. Just follow these two rules: Don't use the diet version, and remember that the soda has to be flat in order to be effective.

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Pot of HerbsPot of Herbs
By goldfinch4, May 31, 2015

A pot of herbs can be pretty in addition to tasting good. Include edible flowers, such as pansies, parsley for its beautiful texture, purple basil for color, etc. Keep the pot by your back door so it's handy to grab what you need.

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Harvest Potatoes EarlyHarvest Potatoes Early
By homeshow, May 30, 2015

I have to admit I can't wait for the potato plants to die back. I want to eat potatoes with my green beans as soon as possible, and so does the rest of the family. What to do? Steal them, of course.

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A Walk in a Peony GardenA Walk in a Peony Garden
By pardalinum, May 29, 2015

Here in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon the spring days are inching their way into summer. What better time to visit a local commercial peony garden to take in the sight of these wonderful plants in bloom.

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The Peonies Week WrapupThe Peonies Week Wrapup
By dave, May 29, 2015

Peonies week is at an end and hundreds of photos were posted. Let's have a look at the best!

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Explanations of How Plants Respond to LightExplanations of How Plants Respond to Light
By greene, May 27, 2015

I couldn't figure out why one of my plants looked parched/dry/thirsty even though I had watered the day before. Research tells me this plant is exhibiting a "nyctinastic" response to approaching night. The plant knew when it was day and when it was night, folded its leaves, and appeared to be napping. Wow, a nyctinastic response is fantastic. Do plants sleep? Yes, and they do a whole lot more. There are several types of nastic responses in the plant world.

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Pick Beans in the ShadePick Beans in the Shade
By chickhill, May 26, 2015

Cattle feedlot panels make a wonderful bean trellis for your vining vegetables. Pole beans and cucumbers are what we grow on ours.

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Sleeping Among the PoppiesSleeping Among the Poppies
By bennysplace, May 25, 2015

Rising from the ground in spring with its droopy fuzzy head, the corn poppy begins to work its magic. Seeds from last year’s crop remained silent through the winter and now this simple yet mysterious flower will capture the gardener’s imagination once again.

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Showy Mexican SunflowersShowy Mexican Sunflowers
By Newyorkrita, May 24, 2015

Mexican Sunflowers attract butterflies, honeybees, goldfinches, and hummingbirds to the garden. They are easily grown by seed, so give them a try in your garden this year!

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We're Celebrating Peonies!We're Celebrating Peonies!
By dave, May 23, 2015

We open the Peonies Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars in our peonies database. Join us as we spend the week celebrating these wonderful blooms.

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Keeping the Garden GroomedKeeping the Garden Groomed
By Paul2032, May 22, 2015

A little time committed to deadheading will keep the garden looking fresher and more appealing.

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Book Review: "Roses Without Chemicals" by Peter KukielskiBook Review: "Roses Without Chemicals" by Peter Kukielski
By MargieNY, May 21, 2015

The front cover of this book offers the synopsis: "150 disease-free varieties that will change the way you grow roses." I purchased this book because I wanted to be sucessful growing roses without the use of chemicals.

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Start Replacement Summer Squash Plants To Stay Ahead of Squash Vine BorersStart Replacement Summer Squash Plants To Stay Ahead of Squash Vine Borers
By Newyorkrita, May 20, 2015

One way to stay ahead of SVB damage is the practice of succession planting to keep your squash harvest going.

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