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Watering HouseplantsWatering Houseplants
By imapigeon, November 15, 2013

Water indoor or outdoor planters (especially hanging ones) with ice cubes. The ice melts slowly, giving the plant's roots a thorough watering, and the water doesn't drip everywhere.

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How To Store Elephant Ears and Other Tropical BulbsHow To Store Elephant Ears and Other Tropical Bulbs
By Swayback, November 14, 2013

Tropicals are really catching on, and more gardeners are finding the rewards of growing these fantastic foliage plants outside of their normal zones. It's really very easy, and I'm happy to show you some tricks to growing them in your gardens.

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Growing Hoyas and Other TropicalsGrowing Hoyas and Other Tropicals
By AlohaHoya, November 13, 2013

There are different ways to grow hoyas and other tropical plants, and everyone has to find the way that works best for them. I'm going to share with you the way that works for me.

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Use Milk on Houseplant LeavesUse Milk on Houseplant Leaves
By LarryR, November 12, 2013

Never use oil to polish plant leaves. It clogs leaf pores and interferes with their functioning. Use milk instead. It’s inexpensive and provides a good shine once it dries.

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Plumerias - Can You Grow Them?Plumerias - Can You Grow Them?
By Dutchlady1, November 11, 2013

Plumerias are large trees in their native habitat that can grow up to 20 feet tall. These days, however, they are being bred much smaller and more compact, allowing more regions of the world to enjoy these beauties.

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The Most Perfect HouseplantThe Most Perfect Houseplant
By bennysplace, November 10, 2013

It may interest you to know that the literal definition of the word perfect is completion. So, when we say something is perfect, we deem it the most complete state of being that exists. This is how I feel about a certain houseplant.

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The Tropicals and Houseplants Not-a-Raffle-RaffleThe Tropicals and Houseplants Not-a-Raffle-Raffle
By dave, November 9, 2013

Let's kick off this week with a nice raffle. Hoyas, Plumerias, gift certificates, and more. Each ticket is a chance to win, so dig up the acorns you squirreled away because it's time for another raffle!

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Clear Baggies for FreeClear Baggies for Free
By piksihk, November 8, 2013

Do you know an optician or optometrist? The finished glasses are returned with demo lenses in 4x4" baggies. The baggies are perfect for every type of seeds - great way to reuse and recycle. Stick a label on them and they are ready to go.

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A Fishy Solution for Soil FertilityA Fishy Solution for Soil Fertility
By Skiekitty, November 7, 2013

If you have poor soil, go to your local big-box pet store and ask the employee in the fish department for a bag of their dead feeder goldfish. Bury the goldfish below your favorite plant and watch the plant explode with growth! This tip also works with fish "leftovers" provided by those who like to fish.

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Awesome Labeling Software for GardeningAwesome Labeling Software for Gardening
By Xeramtheum, November 6, 2013

As a collector of the rare, the unusual, and the hard to find and a hybridizer, I’m always on the lookout for the best way to label and catalog my inventory of seeds and plants as well as the data I collect. Over the years I’ve auditioned various methods, but I finally have evolved a system that is easy to maintain and extremely flexible.

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Temporary MarkersTemporary Markers
By Bonehead, November 5, 2013

Until a plant becomes firmly established, it is often good to mark where it is. I use flat river rocks to mark my newly planted mints, with a piece of driftwood in front of the rock so I know where to look for new growth in the spring.

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Thrifty Gardening in FallThrifty Gardening in Fall
By goldfinch4, November 4, 2013

Look for great deals in fall on gardening tools at end-of-season sales.

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Preparing Bird Feeders for WinterPreparing Bird Feeders for Winter
By Claudia, November 3, 2013

Fall is a great time to clean, repair, or replace bird feeders. If you have never fed birds before, winter is a great time to start!

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No-Stress Plant RepottingNo-Stress Plant Repotting
By Xeramtheum, November 2, 2013

Many years ago I totally changed the way I repotted plants that don’t like their roots disturbed and I have never lost a plant since. Since then I have repotted all of my plants this way. When I start seeing roots coming out the bottom, I know it’s time to repot.

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Permanent Plant MarkersPermanent Plant Markers
By frankrichards16, November 1, 2013

I use fiberglass rods and Brother laminated tape. Here's how:

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Push the ZonePush the Zone
By Skiekitty, October 31, 2013

If you suffer from cold winters and you have tender plants that are doomed to live outside, but shouldn't in your zone, try this: Get a black bucket that a big perennial came in, cut the bottom off, wiggle it around the plant, and fill it with natural mulch (not colored/dyed). I have many zone 7 roses that survive my zone 5/4 winters when I do this.

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American Beautyberry, Callicarpa americanaAmerican Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana
By frostweed, October 30, 2013

American Beautyberry decorates the fall landscape with lovely cascading color while providing lots of food for birds and small mammals.

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Collect Curbside Fall Leaves for Free MulchCollect Curbside Fall Leaves for Free Mulch
By Newyorkrita, October 29, 2013

Each fall the last task to put the garden to sleep is to mulch everything with a thick blanket of fallen leaves. If you are like me, you don't have enough of your own to go on all of your beds. So, I go around my neighborhood and collect the bagged leaves put out by the curb.

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Tutorial: Easy-Peasy Raised BedsTutorial: Easy-Peasy Raised Beds
By fiwit, October 28, 2013

When I first moved into my house, I diligently dug flower beds by de-turfing the 20-year-old Zoysia grass and tilling up the red Georgia clay. Then one day I realized I could simply build raised beds, and it cut my bed-creation time in half. I can now build an 8ft by 16ft raised bed in about a day, and here's how I do it:

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Protecting Your Favorite Plant(s) During ConstructionProtecting Your Favorite Plant(s) During Construction
By Shawwannda, October 27, 2013

The priorities of a gardener! We were going through the two day process of having our roof replaced and I didn't want my li'l "Dragon" to get destroyed in the process. What's a gardener to do?

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Macro Hack for Photographing Your BloomsMacro Hack for Photographing Your Blooms
By greene, October 26, 2013

Use a hand lens or jeweler's loupe to obtain extreme close-ups.

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Cure Your Bulbs Before You Store ThemCure Your Bulbs Before You Store Them
By Sashagirl, October 25, 2013

When it's time to dig your summer flower bulbs, make sure you dry them thoroughly before storing them in paper bags or cardboard boxes in a warm, dry spot for the winter. No fancy equipment needed. You can just rummage for an old screen door, lay it across a couple of sawhorses, and you'll have a drying rack.

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ATP Podcast #40: The Podcast Goes DormantATP Podcast #40: The Podcast Goes Dormant
By dave, October 24, 2013

We're going to stop making podcasts for the rest of the year, so we wrap up 2013 with a discussion about the previous episodes we've created, and Dave shares his report of how many listeners we have, and which past episodes were the most popular.

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A Tool Cleaning TipA Tool Cleaning Tip
By Claudia, October 23, 2013

To easily clean and disinfect your pruners between plants, carry disposable disinfecting wipes with you. Wipe your pruners after each cut.

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A Helpful Idea for Using a SprayerA Helpful Idea for Using a Sprayer
By woofie, October 22, 2013

I recently discovered that you can get a temporary colorant to add to liquids that are being applied with a sprayer.

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