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ATP Podcast #58: Preparing for Summer, and Garden DesignATP Podcast #58: Preparing for Summer, and Garden Design
By dave, May 29, 2014

With Memorial Day behind us, summer is sort of, kind of, well, is it officially here? Let's say yes. So with summer upon us, it's time to summerize our gardens! We'll talk about our best tips on getting your garden in tip top shape for the coming hot and dry months of summer. Also, Trish will share some great tips on planning a garden design. There is a bonus video attached to the show notes, showing our tomatoes.

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Reuse Those Coffee and Creamer ContainersReuse Those Coffee and Creamer Containers
By blue23rose, May 28, 2014

Plastic coffee and creamer containers make good pots to plant seeds in.

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Hemostat Pliers for Tiny WeedsHemostat Pliers for Tiny Weeds
By chickhill, May 27, 2014

Hemostat pliers make a good tool for getting around/between Sempervivum and Sedum plants when you're weeding. You don't have to lock them. Just close and pull.

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Slug NecklaceSlug Necklace
By Bonehead, May 26, 2014

Pennies glued to a cardboard collar, to deter both slugs and weeds.

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Photography Tip: Showing ScalePhotography Tip: Showing Scale
By robertduval14, May 25, 2014

When small items such as seeds are being photographed, it's fairly common to place a common item near them to give a sense of their size.

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Dave's Super Easy Two Person Weeding TechniqueDave's Super Easy Two Person Weeding Technique
By dave, May 24, 2014

In a podcast episode a couple weeks ago, Dave mentioned his technique of weeding using a sharp shovel. We recently had to weed out a pretty bad bed of tall grass, and we took a video so we can demonstrate the technique for you.

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Tropicals That Keep BloomingTropicals That Keep Blooming
By dyzzypyxxy, May 23, 2014

There are so many gorgeous tropical bulbs and rhizomatous plants, it's hard to choose. I have moved away from the one-time bloomers to those that continue blooming through the warm weather.

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ATP Podcast #57: Summer Bulbs WeekATP Podcast #57: Summer Bulbs Week
By dave, May 21, 2014

This week is Summer and Tropical Bulbs Week at All Things Plants, so today we're going to talk about our own personal favorite summer bulbs. Trish will tell us how to know the difference between the different genera of elephant ears. After that, we'll talk about our usual farming adventures in East Texas and finally we'll talk about our exciting new feature on the site: The Green Pages.

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Alstroemeria psittacina aka A. pulchellaAlstroemeria psittacina aka A. pulchella
By greene, May 21, 2014

Alstroemeria: beautiful or invasive and irritating?

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By drdawg, May 20, 2014

Gingers, also called "ginger lilies," make great landscape or patio plants. They are tolerant of temperature extremes, will grow in poor soil, and can even grow in those wet areas where little else will grow. Most species are grown for their beautiful, fragrant flowers, but there are varieties used as condiments and varieties used as natural shampoo/conditioner in Hawaii.

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Gloriosa LilyGloriosa Lily
By Dutchlady1, May 19, 2014

Gloriosa superba is a striking plant, and the only climbing lily in existence.

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Four o'ClocksFour o'Clocks
By SongofJoy, May 18, 2014

Most people who have experience with these tuberous plants that thrive in the heat of summer seem to have definite opinions about Four o'Clocks. Because they are prolific re-seeders, some find them an annoyance to be yanked out of the garden asap. Others love them, as I do.

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The 2014 All Things Plants Top 25 Summer Bulbs and TubersThe 2014 All Things Plants Top 25 Summer Bulbs and Tubers
By dave, May 17, 2014

What a fun and diverse group of plants! Come on in and check out the report of the top 25 most active summer bulbs and tuber entries in our plants database. You will be surprised at some of the plants that made the list!

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Movable Garden PathsMovable Garden Paths
By Eric4home, May 16, 2014

Do you need walkways in your garden? I've been using used carpet for my pathways for years. It's easy on the knees while planting and weeding, holds moisture in the soil, reduces soil compaction, and blocks weeds

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How Does Your Garden Grow?How Does Your Garden Grow?
By TBGDN, May 15, 2014

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockleshells and pretty maids all in a row. (All smiling, of course.) This old nursery rhyme leads us to believe there was an orderly garden decked out in flowers and pretty maidens lined up in a row! But, read on for a different train of thought.

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ATP Podcast #56: Saving Money by Growing Your Own FoodATP Podcast #56: Saving Money by Growing Your Own Food
By dave, May 14, 2014

In today's podcast, we discuss the ways you can dramatically help your grocery budget by growing vegetables! We focus on the easiest to grow plants that will also give you the most "bang for your buck." We also have our usual other segments, plus a bonus pinboard of bad ideas!

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Vole WarsVole Wars
By farmerdill, May 13, 2014

Growing plants entails a constant battle with the elements, insects, viruses, and bacteria. Even when we learn to live with these, other mammals slip in and upset our best efforts. Deer, groundhogs, and raccoons are major problems, but there are other small mammals that are both elusive and very destructive.

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Summerizing Your Southern GardenSummerizing Your Southern Garden
By dave, May 12, 2014

Up north, they winterize their gardens. Down in the south, we summerize them! Among the many pleasures of gardening in the south are long growing seasons and comfortable winters, but our long and hot summers can be brutal for us and our plants. Here is some advice on dealing with drought and heat in our gardens.

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Asparagus, a Spring DelicacyAsparagus, a Spring Delicacy
By TBGDN, May 11, 2014

Like asparagus? Try it fresh cut from the garden. You will find the flavor and texture far better than supermarket choices. A few easy steps will place this wonderful vegetable on your table in no time at all!

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The May Shade Gardens and Tropical Bulbs Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The May Shade Gardens and Tropical Bulbs Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, May 10, 2014

Here we go with another raffle, loaded with great prizes! You've got all weekend to buy tickets, so get your acorns out and have fun!

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Easy Transport of SeedlingsEasy Transport of Seedlings
By blue23rose, May 9, 2014

When I planted my first daylily seeds, I wanted to be able to put them outside easily for some sunshine, but also to bring them in at night. My wagon filled the bill.

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Growing Fuchsias, the BasicsGrowing Fuchsias, the Basics
By midnight21, May 8, 2014

Your fuchsias can be moved to their final positions, whether into containers, baskets, or open ground, as soon as they have developed a good root ball. Carefully remove the plant from the pot and check the roots. They should be white and should fill the pot evenly.

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Shady NooksShady Nooks
By mcash70, May 7, 2014

“Oh for a book and a shady nook, either indoors or out, with the green leaves whispering overhead,” John Wilson

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ATP Podcast #55: Shade Gardens and Watering TipsATP Podcast #55: Shade Gardens and Watering Tips
By dave, May 7, 2014

In today's episode we talk about some of our favorite shade plants. Trish shares some of her observations about irrigation, and we have another pinboard of bad ideas segment.

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Mutating and Sporting in the Shade GardenMutating and Sporting in the Shade Garden
By profesora, May 6, 2014

Most variegated hostas are mutations or sports. Many beautiful ones never reach the open market.

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