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A Fall Container for My PorchA Fall Container for My Porch
By Paul2032, November 24, 2014

I love to have a nice container on my porch. Even if I don't have much company, I enjoy it each time I come home.

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Hamamelis virginiana and Other Witch HazelsHamamelis virginiana and Other Witch Hazels
By NEILMUIR1, November 23, 2014

Hamamelis virginiana is a most remarkable plant native to north America. It is also known as common or American witch hazel. It is always in use as a true medicinal plant and it is a plant of great ornamental beauty. Hamamelis vernalis, or the Ozark Witch Hazel, is native to Central America. Hamamelis ovalis, or Leonard's Witch Hazel, was only found in 2004 and although an American native is new to science.

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In-Place CompostingIn-Place Composting
By orchidgal, November 22, 2014

If you are in the habit of throwing your kitchen waste down the garbage disposal, you are wasting valuable nutrients that would make your flowers and vegetables thrive. So, if you only have a little kitchen waste and not enough yard waste to compost, or if you don’t have a compost bin in your garden, you can do “in-place composting”.

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Winter Sowing and Freezer TapeWinter Sowing and Freezer Tape
By wildflowers, November 21, 2014

Freezer tape is useful for wintersowing because it will hold up to the elements outdoors.

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Frost/Winter Insulation for GardensFrost/Winter Insulation for Gardens
By Bonnie929, November 20, 2014

Here's how I prepare my plants for frost and winter: I used to put stray/hay down around my bushes and plants to protect them and I used to wrap my bushes in burlap. I no longer do that, but storms in southern NH do hit hard, and we drop way below zero. My method may not work for everyone, however. It depends on your zone.

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A New Garden Without Turning Over SodA New Garden Without Turning Over Sod
By ge1836, November 19, 2014

When making a new garden of any size, I use the lasagna method. In a large garden or a small spot where only dirt grows, this effortless plan works well if it's started a season before planting.

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Forcing Perfect PaperwhitesForcing Perfect Paperwhites
By orchidgal, November 18, 2014

This is a foolproof way to force those beautiful and fragrant paperwhites successfully, without having them get leggy and fall over. They look so beautiful on a windowsill in the cold winter months.

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The Wonderful YarrowThe Wonderful Yarrow
By dave, November 17, 2014

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, has been known and loved for thousands of years, and in fact, its name came from the Greek hero, Achilles.

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Greenhouse 11 Degrees Warmer with Mylar BlanketsGreenhouse 11 Degrees Warmer with Mylar Blankets
By Ecscuba, November 16, 2014

Mylar blankets and a 65-watt incandescent lightbulb kept my greenhouse 11 degrees warmer.

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Replacing a Wall in Our HFGHReplacing a Wall in Our HFGH
By Eric4home, November 15, 2014

The north-facing wall of our greenhouse is bordered by a mixed evergreen planting, so it contributes very little light. It also is the predominantly windward side. The impact in the winter is significant. I decided to replace it with a more efficient wall.

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Safely Killing Creepers and Suckers with HerbicideSafely Killing Creepers and Suckers with Herbicide
By Eric4home, November 14, 2014

We have a voracious Chinese Wisteria, and sometimes it gets ahead of us. Suddenly it makes an appearance in our Juniper border 20' away, and here's how we safely deal with it. A variation of this technique can be used on Ailanthus.

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The Winners of the All Things Plants Photo Contest Are...The Winners of the All Things Plants Photo Contest Are...
By dave, November 13, 2014

All judging and voting is finished and we are ready to unveil the Best of Show winners, along with the blue ribbon winners of each category. Come in and check it out!

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ATP Photo Contest: Cast Your Votes for the Best of ShowATP Photo Contest: Cast Your Votes for the Best of Show
By dave, November 12, 2014

The first place winning photos in each category are now revealed, but voting isn't over! You now must choose your favorites from among them. The ones with the most votes will receive the Best of Show award. You have only 24 hours to vote.

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Are You Too Clean for Mother Nature?Are You Too Clean for Mother Nature?
By Cat, November 11, 2014

Late July and early August are a great time of the year here in Indiana. Summer is in full swing, the State Fair is just getting ready to begin, and barbecues are roaring!

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Easy No-Maintenance Potting BenchEasy No-Maintenance Potting Bench
By Ecscuba, November 10, 2014

Built with cement block, cement glue in a tube, and leftover granite countertop.

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Get Extra Discounts on Your Gardening Needs Online from the Big Box StoresGet Extra Discounts on Your Gardening Needs Online from the Big Box Stores
By ShadyGreenThumb, November 9, 2014

Not only can online shopping sometimes be cheaper than shopping at the store, but sometimes your selection is better and there might be FREE delivery to your door!

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You Decide the Winners of the All Things Plants Photo ContestYou Decide the Winners of the All Things Plants Photo Contest
By dave, November 8, 2014

The entries are in and it's time to check out the photos that were submitted in our first annual photo contest. Each member may cast up to 3 votes in each category, so head over to the photo contest page, start browsing the many beautiful photos, and cast your votes for your favorites.

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Burlap and BulbsBurlap and Bulbs
By Sharon, November 7, 2014

Most of my plants are perennials, but I have a few bulbs that are not hardy in my zone. Here's how I solved the winter storage problem.

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Make a Root Waterer Using Recycled Plastic BottlesMake a Root Waterer Using Recycled Plastic Bottles
By foraygardengirl, November 6, 2014

If you have a specific plant in your garden that requires consistent moisture, you can make a plastic beverage bottle function like a watering globe, only better.

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Stachytarpheta mutabilisStachytarpheta mutabilis
By Marilyn, November 5, 2014

Stachytarpheta mutabilis is a hummingbird magnet!

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White Pine Shavings, Garden HelperWhite Pine Shavings, Garden Helper
By kylaluaz, November 4, 2014

I started using white pine shavings when I badly needed some carbon (dry browns) for a new compost mixture and didn't know where to get straw or dried leaves. I bought a bale of white pine shavings instead because they were cheap, not too heavy for me to carry, and easy to work with. I now like having them on hand for several uses, and I keep finding more.

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Hillbilly Redneck Wind ChimesHillbilly Redneck Wind Chimes
By donnabking, November 3, 2014

Create a unique set of wind chimes with a beautiful, silvery, delicate sound from old pieces of silver plate flatware.

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What Is a Keiki?What Is a Keiki?
By beckygardener, November 2, 2014

Keiki is a Hawaiian word for "child." In the plant world, it is actually a clone of the parent plant. This term is often used in orchid propagation.

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Recycle Your PumpkinRecycle Your Pumpkin
By passiflora, November 1, 2014

Keep using those jack-o'-lanterns after Halloween. Use them as planters.

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Winter Weather Protection for Warmer ClimatesWinter Weather Protection for Warmer Climates
By Seedfork, October 31, 2014

The term "winter protection for plants" can be a little different for those of us in warmer climates. It is possible for us to overwinter some plants right in their pots.

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