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Fun with PVC: Pedestals, Beyond the Basic.Fun with PVC: Pedestals, Beyond the Basic.
By Horntoad, December 12, 2013

PVC is inexpensive and easy to work with, which makes it great for garden projects. In this article I will show some ways of creating new pedestals using the original pattern.

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Fun with PVC: Basic PedestalsFun with PVC: Basic Pedestals
By Horntoad, December 11, 2013

PVC is inexpensive and easy to work with, which makes it great for garden projects. This article will look at basic pedestal ideas.

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Acidify Your SoilAcidify Your Soil
By Skiekitty, December 10, 2013

If you have naturally alkaline soil, you can combat it naturally by saving the needles off your Christmas tree and tilling them into the soil.

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Use Leftover Cooking Water To Water PlantsUse Leftover Cooking Water To Water Plants
By SongofJoy, December 9, 2013

When you boil or steam vegetables, don't pour the water down the drain. Save the cooled water and use it to water potted plants. Many plants will respond well to the added nutrients from the water. Fruit and vegetable peels can also be soaked in water for about eight hours before the water is used to water houseplants. Strain out the peelings and toss them onto the compost pile.

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The Truth About Butterflies and Buddleja vs. Native PlantsThe Truth About Butterflies and Buddleja vs. Native Plants
By clintbrown, December 8, 2013

I recently learned that some native plant promoters are claiming that gardeners should not grow Buddleja (Butterfly Bush) because it fools butterflies into thinking it is a host plant. They claimed that the butterflies would deposit their eggs on the Buddleja and the offspring would die because Buddleja is not a proper host plant. However, I researched this claim and found it to be 100% FALSE!

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"OP" vs "OP""OP" vs "OP"
By RickCorey, December 7, 2013

"OP" means "Open Pollinated", but that term is used in two different ways. It can mean an inbred OP variety that can produce seeds that come true to its parents. Or it can mean that a specific batch or packet of seeds labeled "OP" was "openly pollinated by wind, insects or birds," without saying whether other varieties might have cross-pollinated it.

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Texas Sage, Leucophyllum frutescens 'Lynn Lowrey's Dwarf Everblooming'Texas Sage, Leucophyllum frutescens 'Lynn Lowrey's Dwarf Everblooming'
By frostweed, December 6, 2013

This Texas Sage variety was discovered by Lynn Lowrey while he was on one of his road trips in search of new and different native plants. He found it by the side of the road and was astonished by its shade of color and beauty. He took a cutting to his greenhouse and propagated it so that everyone could enjoy it.

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Homemade Bird BathHomemade Bird Bath
By beckygardener, December 5, 2013

How to make a bird bath that seems to attract birds!

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Traction in SandTraction in Sand
By gingin, December 4, 2013

Leaves and pine straw help when you're driving through sand. Use your own or get some from your neighbors for a free and environmentally friendly option.

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Let’s Talk About Spiders!Let’s Talk About Spiders!
By mcash70, December 3, 2013

We all know that spiders are great in the garden to help control insects, but not so great when they come inside the house. Fall is a bad time of year for this as the spiders are looking for a warm place to “hang out" for the winter.

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Cissus: A Miracle Plant, or a Curiosity?Cissus: A Miracle Plant, or a Curiosity?
By Bubbles, December 2, 2013

Cissus quadrangularis, also known as Veldt Grape, is one of the most unusual plants in my garden. I have it contained in a hanging basket, but when a piece is knocked off, it will readily root on the ground. Cissus prefers to climb and will wind its way into the tree limbs if allowed. In early fall, the plant has small insignificant white flowers and, occasionally, small red berries that are are sterile.

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White Mistflower: What a Magnet for All Kinds of Pollinators!White Mistflower: What a Magnet for All Kinds of Pollinators!
By frostweed, December 1, 2013

Just at the time when most flowering plants are going to rest for the winter, this plant explodes into gorgeous blooms that cover the entire plant.

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Storing DahliasStoring Dahlias
By chucklasher7, November 30, 2013

I am sure everyone here has their own method, but I have one that has been great. After digging, cleaning and dividing, I put the tubers in bags of various sizes, either Ziploc bags or old bread bags, identify them, then cover the tubers with extra dry Pro-Mix and seal the bag. They go in the coldest corner of the cellar, and my success rate has been virtually 100% for many years.

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Save Your Back PottingSave Your Back Potting
By mcash70, November 29, 2013

When we replaced our laundry tub several years ago, hubby asked whether I had any use for it. Right away I said yes, it would be very handy for mixing my potting soil and filling the pots in the shed. A small garden spade is great for mixing as I sometimes combine two or more different types of planting media. I add water and mix until just damp, then fill the pots without a big mess everywhere, and it is easy on my back. The tub, being lightweight, can also be taken outside on a nice day.

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American Beautyberry JellyAmerican Beautyberry Jelly
By greene, November 28, 2013

Jelly can be made using Callicarpa Americana - American Beautyberry. It's all-American and easier than apple pie.

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Cork That Cactus!Cork That Cactus!
By Swayback, November 27, 2013

Ever bend down too close to an agave and realize that you like your eyesight better than your plants? Although houseplants are great, it's hardly worth a terminal spine to the retina!

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Washing and Drying HerbsWashing and Drying Herbs
By mcash70, November 26, 2013

The easiest way to wash and dry herbs is to use a salad spinner. It is quick, easy and works great!

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All About CoralberryAll About Coralberry
By frostweed, November 25, 2013

Coralberry is a lovely semi-evergreen shrub suitable both for house foundation plantings and for naturalization.

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Quick Bag TiesQuick Bag Ties
By ShadyGreenThumb, November 24, 2013

Tie up your large bags easily.

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Constructing a Garden TuteurConstructing a Garden Tuteur
By Bubbles, November 23, 2013

Garden tuteurs, or obelisks, give your garden upright forms to train vines and other climbing plants. They also add interest to an area by lifting the eye upward. Tuteurs can be as plain, or as ornate, as you wish them to be. As simple as a few bamboo canes lashed together, or as elaborate as a tall metal structure fused into a rather fussy design, these pyramid shaped frames have been part of gardens for hundreds of years.

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Dry Saved Seeds in Paper EnvelopesDry Saved Seeds in Paper Envelopes
By RickCorey, November 22, 2013

Save paper envelopes from bills and junk mail and dry your saved seeds and seed heads in envelopes instead of on paper plates. They take up less room and are less likely to spill.

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Benefits of MulchingBenefits of Mulching
By TBGDN, November 21, 2013

Mulch has many benefits when applied to certain perennials, vegetables, shrubs, and trees. In nature, mulch is formed and supplied generously by means of decaying plant litter, falling leaves and pine needles, and rotting trees. In the garden, we must help.

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How To Deal with Poison IvyHow To Deal with Poison Ivy
By Newyorkrita, November 20, 2013

Leaves of three, leave it be. What if you accidentally touched it? Here's how to stop the rash of Poison Ivy before it starts.

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Brush PilesBrush Piles
By SongofJoy, November 19, 2013

Very few projects are as easy to do or have as much benefit for wildlife as the creation of a brush pile.

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Creative Gardening Planters with Children ToysCreative Gardening Planters with Children Toys
By lovemyhouse, November 18, 2013

When designing a children's garden area, get creative with planters.

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