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Watering Your Strawberry JarsWatering Your Strawberry Jars
By Eric4home, May 8, 2015

Getting your strawberry jars established with the soil intact can be challenging. I have tried various methods, such as using some coir (coconut fiber) or sphagnum moss around the transplants to hold the soil in the ports. The best method I've found is to inset a watering pipe into the center of the container as follows:

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Stock Tank PondStock Tank Pond
By Newyorkrita, May 7, 2015

Sink a stock tank in the ground and cover the edges with large flat rocks for a natural look.

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Garlic, Part IIIGarlic, Part III
By drdawg, May 6, 2015

I have covered some of the history of garlic, some of the misconceptions related to garlic, and the growing/harvesting/storage of garlic. Let's now look at some of the more readily available varieties so that we understand what characteristics they will have and how they are similar yet different in bulb/clove color, size, flavor, and pungency.

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Garlic, Part IIGarlic, Part II
By drdawg, May 5, 2015

I have grown heirloom, gourmet garlic for several years. Here is some information on garlic you might find in your grocery store, how to grow and harvest garlic, and how to store it.

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Garlic, Part IGarlic, Part I
By drdawg, May 4, 2015

I have grown heirloom, gourmet garlic for several years, and over that time have learned some of its history, some of the myths/misconceptions associated with it, and what garlic grows where. In a second article I will discuss some aspects of the particular varieties, how to grow it, and how to store it.

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All About the Black Soldier FlyAll About the Black Soldier Fly
By orchidgal, May 3, 2015

The Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) is an insect that all gardeners should become familiar with. After my encounter with it, I did much research and I am happy to share the information that I've found with my fellow gardeners.

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Where Is That Amazing Garden?Where Is That Amazing Garden?
By JKing, May 2, 2015

Gardeners are enthusiastic about our plants and our gardens. However, we see our own garden much differently from the way our friends view it. How often do we say "you should have seen my garden last week?"

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Roses Celebration Week Wrap UpRoses Celebration Week Wrap Up
By dave, May 1, 2015

We had a good amount of activity centered around roses this week. Here is a report on some of the best photos, who posted them, who thumbed them, and how much activity was in our rose forum. We also announce today the new Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Microbadge!

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ATP Podcast #88: Celebrating RosesATP Podcast #88: Celebrating Roses
By dave, April 30, 2015

Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Albas, Grandifloras, etc etc etc. What do they all mean? In today's episode, Trish shares from her depths of knowledge about the various kinds of roses, and you're sure to be inspired. After that we have an interesting discussion about this new fad where companies unnecessarily label their plants as "non-GMO."

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Roses and Clematises in a Small Natural GardenRoses and Clematises in a Small Natural Garden
By Jasmin, April 29, 2015

If you want your small city garden to evoke natural spaces and offer something to wildlife, a classic combination of roses and clematises is perfect for you.

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Pedro Dot and the Pernetiana RosesPedro Dot and the Pernetiana Roses
By zuzu, April 28, 2015

Pernetiana roses were in great demand in the first half of the 20th century, and although they have now been relegated to the hybrid tea class, many rosarians believe they should still be regarded as a class of their own.

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My Experience with Rose Rosette DiseaseMy Experience with Rose Rosette Disease
By gemini_sage, April 27, 2015

I moved to my current home 8 years ago, and I brought almost every plant from my garden with me, including about 50 roses. It was an exciting time, as I had lived in a wooded, shady hollow, and I was happy to give so many sun-loving plants an appropriate home. I had chosen rose varieties for shade tolerance and disease resistance, because I knew the shade and moisture would be inviting for fungal diseases. Although we experienced a terrible drought that year, the roses did respond well to the sunny, open environment, and they settled in nicely in spite of the dry growing season.

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Enjoying Roses in VasesEnjoying Roses in Vases
By Calif_Sue, April 26, 2015

Creating bouquets for the house is an added bonus to growing them in the garden, and roses usually are the main feature of my bouquets. Here are a few tips for cutting them and keeping them fresh looking.

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A Week of Celebrating RosesA Week of Celebrating Roses
By dave, April 25, 2015

It's Roses Celebration Week, a week we've been looking forward to all year! This week we'll encourage everyone to share their photos, comments and information about roses. Let's open the week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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ATP Podcast #87: Dealing with Frost, and Hanging Baskets InspirationsATP Podcast #87: Dealing with Frost, and Hanging Baskets Inspirations
By dave, April 24, 2015

It's a double feature podcast. First Dave shares his tips on dealing with frost, followed by Trish giving her presentation on hanging baskets. If you're not dealing with frost, just skip about 25 minutes in to Trish's great talk about hanging baskets. You'll be inspired!

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Grow Eggplants in PotsGrow Eggplants in Pots
By Newyorkrita, April 23, 2015

Heat-loving eggplant thrives in containers. Take advantage of your sunniest location and use containers to grow eggplant.

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Grow Your Own Herbs for Mexican CuisineGrow Your Own Herbs for Mexican Cuisine
By pod, April 22, 2015

Some of the herbs commonly used in Mexican cuisine are bay, basil, rosemary, oregano, and sage. Most of us are familiar with these herbs and many grow them in their own herbal gardens.

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A Favorite Spot by the Pond in SpringA Favorite Spot by the Pond in Spring
By Newyorkrita, April 21, 2015

Gardens are constantly changing. They need weeding and pruning, but every once in a while for a frozen moment in time, everything looks just perfect.

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Thinking Outside the Box! Re-Purposing Stock Tanks as Raised Garden BedsThinking Outside the Box! Re-Purposing Stock Tanks as Raised Garden Beds
By Ecograndma, April 20, 2015

Do you have limited gardening space? Do you have poor gardening soil? Would you like to limit water use? Is it necessary for you to garden in a seated position or are you tired of stooping over a garden bed? Re-purposing stock tanks as raised garden beds might work for you while avoiding the high cost of labor and materials in traditional construction.

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7 Gardening Tips for Spring7 Gardening Tips for Spring
By PAgirl63, April 19, 2015

With springtime here now, here are seven gardening tips that might seem weird, but they actually do work!

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The April 2015 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Extravaganza!The April 2015 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Extravaganza!
By dave, April 18, 2015

It's everyone's favorite time, a raffle contest and this one is huge. We have 8, count 'em, 8 prizes for 8 lucky ATP winners. Open up your acorn wallet, buy your tickets, and get a chance to win one of them. Good luck!

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Celebrating the Best Rhododendron Photos from This WeekCelebrating the Best Rhododendron Photos from This Week
By dave, April 17, 2015

Let's finish off our Celebrating Azaleas week with a look at some of the most thumbed pictures in our Rhododendron Database.

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Grow AzaleasTop 5 Reasons You Should Grow Azaleas
By Trish, April 16, 2015

I think everyone should grow Azaleas and Rhododendrons! Here are my top 5 reasons why they belong in your garden.

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ATP Podcast #86: Azaleas and Rhododendrons and So Much MoreATP Podcast #86: Azaleas and Rhododendrons and So Much More
By dave, April 15, 2015

We packed a lot into this episode. The first half is about rhododendrons and the second half is about a whole mix of different topics, especially about the plants database at ATP and our various plants we grow here, and much more.

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Azalea: Spectacular Shrub of the SouthAzalea: Spectacular Shrub of the South
By SongofJoy, April 14, 2015

One of the most popular shrubs in the South, the Azalea is spectacular when in bloom.

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