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Attracting Wild Geese to the GardenAttracting Wild Geese to the Garden
By JuneOntario, October 1, 2013

When retirement time arrived, hubby and I decided we wanted to live out of town and be surrounded by nature. We moved to a small house on a big property that included a wooded valley, a wetland, and a large, stream-fed fish pond. My dear spouse insists on mowing large areas of grass, going right up to the pond’s edge in several places, and in doing so creates an ideal environment for Canada geese: short grass with lots of new growth, and excellent sight-lines for spotting predators a long way off.

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Get the Most out of  Your Swiss ChardGet the Most out of Your Swiss Chard
By wildflowers, September 30, 2013

Cut your Swiss chard back in late summer and it will resprout, growing new leaves for a fall harvest and well into the winter.

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Tracking Flowers for Seed SavingTracking Flowers for Seed Saving
By abhege, September 29, 2013

As you prepare to save your seeds, make a numbered list that corresponds to plant tape for tagging.

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An Early Look at Plankets for Frost ProtectionAn Early Look at Plankets for Frost Protection
By dave, September 28, 2013

Plankets are snazzy frost blankets that work well to protect potted plants as well as shrubs in the landscaping. The company sent us some to try out, so we made a video for everyone to see.

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Getting To Know Those Flying StingersGetting To Know Those Flying Stingers
By Sharon, September 27, 2013

Uninvited, they join us at picnics. They race for the first bite of our apples. They pounce from beneath the blades of the lawnmower and crawl up the legs of our pants. Even our noses are at risk when we sniff our flowers. "What stung you?" she asked years ago. "I don't know, Ninna, but it had wings and a stinger!"

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ATP Podcast #36: Heading into FallATP Podcast #36: Heading into Fall
By dave, September 26, 2013

In this week's episode we cover the gamut of topics relevant to the transition from summer to fall, and we scratch the surface on the subject of seed saving and storing.

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Echinacea Clean UpEchinacea Clean Up
By clintbrown, September 25, 2013

If you don't like the appearance of your Echinacea seedheads in late summer and early fall, you can still tidy up their appearance and feed the goldfinches and other birds as well. To clean up, I wait until the stalk just below the seedheads turns brown/black. Cut the stalks and bundle like a bouquet and tie to the base of a pole or small tree. I do this so the finches can have the seeds, and it looks neater. The base of a shepherd's hook that holds your birdfeeders is an excellent spot to tie your seed bouquet.

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Add Cracked Corn to Your Birdseed Mix and Feed the SquirrelsAdd Cracked Corn to Your Birdseed Mix and Feed the Squirrels
By Newyorkrita, September 24, 2013

Adding cracked corn stretches your mixed-seed budget and satisfies the squirrels. You can buy cracked corn in any farm feed store in large 50-pound bags.

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Organized SowingOrganized Sowing
By RickCorey, September 23, 2013

Recording when you direct sowed or transplanted out, is the only way to learn what the ideal dates are for each variety in your micro-climate.

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Getting the Bugs out of SeedsGetting the Bugs out of Seeds
By Xeramtheum, September 22, 2013

When I harvest my seeds, before they are catalogued and logged in, I always sprinkle some Diatomaceous Earth in a small container and add the seeds, then shake to distribute the DE among the seeds. This will take care of any bugs that were harvested along with the seeds, as well as any that may hatch out later.

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Emergency Seed PackageEmergency Seed Package
By goldfinch4, September 21, 2013

I needed to mail some tiny seeds, but had no package to put them in. I began looking through my cupboards and came up with a great solution!

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Iris reticulata for Extremely Early Spring BloomIris reticulata for Extremely Early Spring Bloom
By Newyorkrita, September 20, 2013

Plant these charmingly diminutive bulb irises for an early flower show.

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ATP Podcast #35: Bulbs Week with Brent and Becky'sATP Podcast #35: Bulbs Week with Brent and Becky's
By dave, September 19, 2013

In a special edition of the ATP podcast, we are joined by Jay Hutchins of Brent and Becky's Bulbs.

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Forcing Bulbs in the WinterForcing Bulbs in the Winter
By jmorth, September 18, 2013

Most daffodils are easy to force over winter. Let's discuss the best methods, and finish by giving some examples of some favorite cultivars from the various divisions.

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Cyclamineus Daffodils Add Charm to the Spring GardenCyclamineus Daffodils Add Charm to the Spring Garden
By Newyorkrita, September 17, 2013

For a wind-blown look, plant daffodils of the Cyclamineus class. These early bloomers feature reflexed flower petals that have a wind-blown or bird-in-flight look.

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Gardening for Honey Bees: Bulbs for Honey BeesGardening for Honey Bees: Bulbs for Honey Bees
By Mindy03, September 16, 2013

Bulbs are a favorite of many gardeners because they are easy and showy. Who can resist the first snowdrops or crocuses? Honey bees like to visit the blossoms for nectar and pollen, so I'm busy adding more bulbs to my garden just for them and for me. .

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Double Your Spring Bulb Flowers with Tulips and DaffodilsDouble Your Spring Bulb Flowers with Tulips and Daffodils
By Newyorkrita, September 15, 2013

To have more interest and blooms in the spring garden, plant early blooming daffodils behind later blooming Darwin Tulips. By the time the tulips begin blooming, the daffodils will have finished blooming, and the tulip blooms will help hide the daffodil foliage.

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The Bulbs Week Not-a-Raffle RaffleThe Bulbs Week Not-a-Raffle Raffle
By dave, September 14, 2013

We kick off bulbs week with an extra special raffle, hosted by two very popular bulb companies! Get out your acorns and buy your tickets because you're guaranteed to really drool over this month's prizes. The contest starts today and ends Monday evening.

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How To Make Database Plant TagsHow To Make Database Plant Tags
By clintbrown, September 13, 2013

I was frustrated with my plant tags always fading or falling apart over time. If the ink doesn't fade, usually the plastic tag breaks to pieces over time. Therefore, I decided to create my own interactive, yet inexpensive tags that would last longer and be easily replaced.

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ATP Podcast #34: Flowers for the Fall, and Our Favorite Gardening IdeasATP Podcast #34: Flowers for the Fall, and Our Favorite Gardening Ideas
By dave, September 12, 2013

In this week's episode Trish shares her favorite blooming plants for the fall, and Dave goes through his list of most interesting and innovative gardening ideas posted to ATP. We also introduce a new feature: "The Pinboard of Bad Ideas."

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Using Ammonia To Treat StingsUsing Ammonia To Treat Stings
By flaflwrgrl, September 11, 2013

When you get stung by a bee, hornet, wasp, yellow jacket, or stinging caterpillar, you can relieve the pain almost instantly and greatly lessen the effects of swelling by pouring ammonia on the sting. The ammonia breaks down the protein in the poison. You can pour ammonia into small containers, such as plastic lemon squeezers, and keep them handy in your gardening areas so that you can get to them quickly. The sooner you use the ammonia, the less pain, heat, and swelling you will experience.

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Get Rid of Bugs on Your Cut FlowersGet Rid of Bugs on Your Cut Flowers
By Skiekitty, September 10, 2013

Sometimes the joy of bringing your flowers inside as cut flowers is ruined by pesky bugs. By eliminating them, you can have the full enjoyment of your outdoor flowers inside.

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Bag Seed Heads To Catch All the SeedsBag Seed Heads To Catch All the Seeds
By RickCorey, September 9, 2013

Prevent seed pods from dropping their seeds to the ground by using organza bags.

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Simple Guide to Grafting Tree PeoniesSimple Guide to Grafting Tree Peonies
By magnolialover, September 8, 2013

Grafting tree peonies can be done from late August into September and is a great way to propagate this often rather expensive plant.

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Dried Fall FlowersDried Fall Flowers
By goldfinch4, September 7, 2013

Bouquets of dried wildflowers and weeds can make beautiful fall displays.

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