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A Quick Bulb TipA Quick Bulb Tip
By SongofJoy, December 31, 2012

When planting bulbs, make sure the bottom of the bulb is in direct contact with the bottom of the planting hole. A gap can allow an air pocket to form and possibly cause the bulb to rot.

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Apple Pan DowdyApple Pan Dowdy
By Sharon, December 30, 2012

Long, long years ago when our colonists made their way across the ocean, they brought with them valuable things. One of those valuable things was the apple seed. From those seeds came so many different apple colors, textures and flavors, it's difficult today to make a choice.

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Keeping Fingernails CleanKeeping Fingernails Clean
By Skiekitty, December 29, 2012

When your toothbrush gets too spongy to clean your teeth, don't throw it out. A toothbrush works great for cleaning dirt from under fingernails and can be easily carted around in your back pocket when you're out in the garden or transplanting a potted plant. Fingernails appreciate softer toothed bristles and they don't ingrain the dirt.

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A Firewood TipA Firewood Tip
By Sharon, December 28, 2012

It isn't a good idea to store firewood inside your home. Insects can come inside on the firewood and invade your entire house.

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Mark the Front AND Back of Your MarkersMark the Front AND Back of Your Markers
By BookerC1, December 27, 2012

If you use metal plant markers, such as the popular zinc markers, include the plant information on the back of the marker, too. If the front fades or is damaged, the info on the more protected back side will still be readable.

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What's Blooming in DecemberWhat's Blooming in December
By LarryR, December 26, 2012

Writing this month's article is a special treat for me, because I get to see and talk about things actually blooming. I do that in my other articles as well, so why is this one different?. You see, our outdoor gardens, right now, are buried under five inches of snow and counting. Winds are gusting up to 55 miles per hour. Roads are impassable. Blizzard conditions. Come on in where its warm, see what's blooming, and meet our November contest winner.

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Sauerkraut for ChristmasSauerkraut for Christmas
By Sharon, December 24, 2012

I can't talk of cabbage without mentioning sauerkraut, and I can't think of sauerkraut without remembering the Christmas I gave it all away.

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Identifying Pine, Spruce, and FirIdentifying Pine, Spruce, and Fir
By Joannabanana, December 23, 2012

These three trees are the staple of winter and holiday decor, however, they are often confused with one another. Viewing them side by side is a helpful way to see the differences.

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Making a Christmas Gingerbread HouseMaking a Christmas Gingerbread House
By GordonHawk, December 22, 2012

For this house you'll need 1 " styrofoam or construction foam insulation available at Home Depot, decorative mini garland items, dark brown paint, and white latex caulk. Optional items: clear plastic for the windows, mini decorations and tiny battery lights.

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Christmas Ornament PlantersChristmas Ornament Planters
By GordonHawk, December 21, 2012

Here's an idea for turning a large hollow Christmas ornament into a planter.

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Add Some Red to Your Holiday GreensAdd Some Red to Your Holiday Greens
By Paul2032, December 20, 2012

The addition of a splash of red to holiday greenery will brighten your holiday designs.

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Homemade Holiday DecorationsHomemade Holiday Decorations
By plantladylin, December 19, 2012

For easy homemade holiday decorations, collect items from your garden. Pine cones, pruned branches from evergreen shrubs or trees, holly branches with berries attached, and even grape vines are garden items that will work well for simple and easy projects.

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Helping Your Fresh Christmas Tree Last LongerHelping Your Fresh Christmas Tree Last Longer
By BookerC1, December 18, 2012

If it will be more than 4 hours between the time you cut your fresh Christmas tree and the time you set it up in the tree stand, put it in a bucket of water in an unheated, sheltered spot like a garage or porch until you're ready to bring it inside. Cut a fresh "cookie" off the base of the trunk before placing it in the tree stand, so it can continue to take up water. No other additives are needed. Be sure to keep adding water as long as the tree is taking it up. It will absorb up to a full gallon in the first day.

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Decorative Treats for BirdsDecorative Treats for Birds
By Sharon, December 17, 2012

If you have grapevines or wisteria that need a winter trim, here's an idea that your feathered friends will love.

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The Organized GardenerThe Organized Gardener
By LarryR, December 16, 2012

Carry a small digital voice recorder with you when you garden, either in your pocket or with your tools. Make “voice notes” of important things to remember, or to do later, as these thoughts come to you. Schedule a time at the end of each day to transcribe your notes onto paper or type them into the computer. These recorders cost as little as $15, are small (generally about 4” tall, 2” wide, and 1/2” thick), and lightweight (less than 2 oz.).

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Gardener's Calendar GiftGardener's Calendar Gift
By Joannabanana, December 15, 2012

Add a personal touch to a gardener's gift.

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A Quick Tip: Make the Most of Your Christmas TreeA Quick Tip: Make the Most of Your Christmas Tree
By CindiKS, December 14, 2012

If you have a live Christmas tree, recycle it by cutting branches off and laying them in flower beds for mulch and bird cover.

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Simple and Natural Winter DecoratingSimple and Natural Winter Decorating
By Trish, December 13, 2012

30 minutes, clippers and access to some evergreen material is all you need to add a little bit of nature inside your home.

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Value MistletoeValue Mistletoe
By SongofJoy, December 12, 2012

Mistletoe has often been considered a pest that kills trees as well as degrading and devaluing natural habitat. The plant has now been recognized as an ecological keystone species, playing "a critical role in maintaining the structure of an ecological community, affecting many other organisms in an ecosystem and helping to determine the types and numbers of various other species in the community" (Wikipedia).

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A Little Garden for my Christmas TreeA Little Garden for my Christmas Tree
By Sharon, December 11, 2012

It's just an old well worn gardening hat that's seen many years.

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Landscape Design Tips for a Smaller GardenLandscape Design Tips for a Smaller Garden
By LarryR, December 10, 2012

Want to make your small garden look larger? Try using a color scheme that includes plants with mostly white blossoms and green leaves. Add some green shrubbery and a colorful accent plant as well. The green and white combination gives the illusion of more space. Add some curving paths. They will also trick the eye into seeing the space as larger than it actually is.

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Team Natural or Team Artificial?Team Natural or Team Artificial?
By Trish, December 9, 2012

Historically all indoor winter decor was natural. With the invention of artificial greenery, Team Artificial was created. I'll even allow that some bat for both teams. Whatever the case for your family, come share your holiday traditions of decorating with us!

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Firewood CautionFirewood Caution
By Sharon, December 8, 2012

Be sure your firewood is untreated. Chemicals in treated wood can react with fire and will release toxins into your home.

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Poinsettia CarePoinsettia Care
By Joannabanana, December 7, 2012

Here are a few poinsettia care tips.

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Decorating for the HolidaysDecorating for the Holidays
By Paul2032, December 6, 2012

Judicious pruning around the garden can provide materials for holiday decorating.

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