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Our Herb SpiralOur Herb Spiral
By dave, July 26, 2014

In early 2012 we built an herb spiral and it has since become a cornerstone of our gardens. Allow me to take a moment to share with you how and why we built this amazingly useful garden structure.

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Announcing the ATP and Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest!Announcing the ATP and Caladium Bulbs 4 Less Photo Contest!
By dave, July 25, 2014

Our friends at Caladium Bulbs 4 Less are sponsoring our very first photo contest at All Things Plants, and there are prizes to win! Do you have great photos of caladiums? Then enter them in our contest and win prizes along with the admiration of your peers!

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ATP Podcast #65: Xeriscaping in the GardenATP Podcast #65: Xeriscaping in the Garden
By dave, July 23, 2014

We took last week off but we're back and ready to talk about gardening. It's Xeriscaping Week at ATP and today we're going to dive down deep into the topic of xeriscaping. What is xeriscaping? Is it only for desert regions? Is it something that you can put into practice in your own garden? Find out in today's episode of the ATP podcast!

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The ATP Top 50 Xeriscapic PlantsThe ATP Top 50 Xeriscapic Plants
By dave, July 19, 2014

Does xeriscapic mean boring and dry looking? Absolutely not! You'll never believe what beautiful blooms are available for the non-irrigated landscape. Come in and see.

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The July 2014 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The July 2014 Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, July 12, 2014

Time for another raffle! Four nice prizes, plus extra acorns for runner up prizes. Come on in and take a look.

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Most Popular Trees in the SouthMost Popular Trees in the South
By dave, July 10, 2014

Which trees are the most popular in the Southern regions of the United States? Let's find out!

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Most Popular Trees in the NorthMost Popular Trees in the North
By dave, July 10, 2014

Which trees are the most popular in the Northern regions of the United States? Let's find out!

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ATP Podcast #64: Fruit Tree GuildsATP Podcast #64: Fruit Tree Guilds
By dave, July 9, 2014

In this week's podcast, we will talk about planning orchards as complete gardens, rather than as single trees surrounded by grass. What are the various needs that fruit trees have, and are there plants that can actually fulfill those needs? Can an orchard be beautiful, and provide year-round benefits? You'll find out by listening to today's episode.

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The ATP Top 50 Trees and ShrubsThe ATP Top 50 Trees and Shrubs
By dave, July 5, 2014

Let's open Trees and Shrubs week with a list of the most popular of these woody plants in our database. There are a lot of great plants in this list!

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Celebrating 3 Years of All Things Plants with an Acorn DrawingCelebrating 3 Years of All Things Plants with an Acorn Drawing
By dave, July 4, 2014

Today we're celebrating 3 years of All Things Plants, and many members have given a total of 2,300 acorns to be given away as prizes! Here is the video of our drawing.

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ATP Podcast #63: 3 Years of ATP, Misting Systems, and Tomato Buying TipsATP Podcast #63: 3 Years of ATP, Misting Systems, and Tomato Buying Tips
By dave, July 2, 2014

This week we're celebrating three years of All Things Plants! Yes, it was July of 2011 that we started this site. We'll reflect a bit on the past 3 years of running the site. Additionally, I'll talk about my new automated misting irrigation system in my greenhouse, along with my other plans to improve my propagation techniques. Trish will talk about how to select and buy tomatoes: shapes, sizes, uses and types.

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ATP Podcast #62: Vines and ClimbersATP Podcast #62: Vines and Climbers
By dave, June 25, 2014

It is Vines and Climbers week at All Things Plants, so today we're going to talk about these climbing friends of the garden. What kinds of support structures do we like? And what are our favorite vines that we recommend to other gardeners? Are there vines that should be avoided? We'll talk about all that and more!

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The All Things Plants Most Popular Vines and ClimbersThe All Things Plants Most Popular Vines and Climbers
By dave, June 21, 2014

Today we open Vines and Climbers week by giving a list of the top 25 vines in our database, judged by how many contributions have been made to the various plant entries. Enjoy the list!

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ATP Podcast #61: Edging Options to Border Your GardenATP Podcast #61: Edging Options to Border Your Garden
By dave, June 18, 2014

Today we're going to talk about bordering your garden. What kinds of edges should you use? Or should you even use borders? If you do, what kinds of borders are out there? Trish has a lot of ideas on the subject and she'll share them with us today on this, our 61st episode of the All Things Plants podcast.

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The June Soft Fruits and Vines and Climbers Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The June Soft Fruits and Vines and Climbers Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, June 14, 2014

This is it! Another raffle with 4 excellent prizes. Click to read more.

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ATP Podcast #60: Growing Blackberries and StrawberriesATP Podcast #60: Growing Blackberries and Strawberries
By dave, June 11, 2014

In this week's podcast, we'll discuss everything you need to know to grow blackberries, and Trish will share her tips on success with strawberries.

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Let's Share our Favorite Soft FruitsLet's Share our Favorite Soft Fruits
By dave, June 7, 2014

Welcome to Soft Fruits week! Blackerries, raspberries, strawberries and more. What are you growing, and which cultivars do you think everyone else should grow?

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ATP Podcast #59: Aquaponics, and Growing Outdoor Plants IndoorsATP Podcast #59: Aquaponics, and Growing Outdoor Plants Indoors
By dave, June 4, 2014

Aquaponics is an exciting innovation that blends vegetable gardening with fish farming. In today's podcast we'll discuss our aquaponics system, how it works, why it works, and why we're excited about it. We'll also talk about growing outdoor plants indoors.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The All Things Plants Top 25 List of Shade Garden PlantsThe All Things Plants Top 25 List of Shade Garden Plants
By dave, May 3, 2014

Let's open Shade Gardens week with a list of the most active entries in our database. Among the thousands of plants that want full or mostly shade, which ones have the most pictures, comments and other details added? Let's find out!

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ATP Podcast #54: Weeds? Weeds!ATP Podcast #54: Weeds? Weeds!
By dave, April 29, 2014

In today's podcast we talk about weeds. What to do about weeds? Is there such a thing as a good weed? What weeds can be tolerated, and even used to your benefit? And for the rest, how do you get rid of them? We cover all that, plus the usual segments, along with a bonus pinboard of bad ideas, in today's episode!

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The Top 25 Variegated Plants!The Top 25 Variegated Plants!
By dave, April 19, 2014

Let's open Variegated Plants week with a list of the most active variegated plants in our database. Among the thousands present, which ones have the most pictures, comments and other details added? Let's find out!

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ATP Podcast #53: No-Till GardeningATP Podcast #53: No-Till Gardening
By dave, April 18, 2014

In today's episode we have a long conversation about no-till. What are the benefits of tilling your garden, and what are the downsides? How can you garden without ever tilling, and why should you consider that? Listen to find out!

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The April 2014 Daylilies Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The April 2014 Daylilies Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, April 12, 2014

This is it! The big one! One of the biggest raffles in the history of All Things Plants. We're giving away over $500 worth of prizes, so get your acorns out and buy your tickets! Good luck!

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ATP Podcast #52: Talking Daylilies with Curt HansonATP Podcast #52: Talking Daylilies with Curt Hanson
By dave, April 11, 2014

We are joined today by the prodigiously award-winning daylily hybridizer Curt Hanson, and will discuss everything hybridizing.

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The 2014 All Things Plants Top 25 DayliliesThe 2014 All Things Plants Top 25 Daylilies
By dave, April 5, 2014

It's Daylilies Week, and we're opening the special event with a special report on the most popular daylilies, as judged by our members. How do we compile this list, and which cultivars got the award? Read on to find out!

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ATP Podcast #51: Easy Annuals To Fill Those Empty AreasATP Podcast #51: Easy Annuals To Fill Those Empty Areas
By dave, April 4, 2014

What to do with those empty spots in your garden? Annuals, of course! But which ones? In this episode we'll discuss our favorite annuals that grow fast, get big, and are easy to grow.

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ATP Podcast #50: Common Gardening MistakesATP Podcast #50: Common Gardening Mistakes
By dave, March 28, 2014

With a brand new baby in the house we had to skip last week's podcast, but we're back now! In today's episode we get caught up on the usual goings on, and we discuss a few common gardening mistakes (and how to avoid them!) We also have a bonus segment today on our Pinboard of Bad Ideas!

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The Top 25 Water Garden Plants, Selected by ATP MembersThe Top 25 Water Garden Plants, Selected by ATP Members
By dave, March 15, 2014

Here's a report of the most popular water garden plants from our database!

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ATP Podcast #49: Let's Talk TomatoesATP Podcast #49: Let's Talk Tomatoes
By dave, March 14, 2014

Last week was Tomatoes (and Peppers) Week at ATP so we're talking about our favorite vegetable. How do you choose from the huge variety of tomatoes? What's a determinate? What's an heirloom? What do I do about cracking, or viruses? Listen to find out!

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The March Tomatoes, Peppers and Water Gardens Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The March Tomatoes, Peppers and Water Gardens Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, March 8, 2014

It's raffle time again and we have another round of great prizes lined up!

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The Top 25 Tomatoes and Peppers, Selected by ATP MembersThe Top 25 Tomatoes and Peppers, Selected by ATP Members
By dave, March 1, 2014

It's the week we've all been waiting for! Let's open Tomatoes and Peppers week with a look at the most popular varieties, as determined by the number of individuals who have posted comments and photos to the entries in our database.

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ATP Podcast #48: Questions, Questions, Questions and Answers!ATP Podcast #48: Questions, Questions, Questions and Answers!
By dave, February 28, 2014

Today's show will be a non-themed show where we'll just talk about a variety of gardening topics we've wanted to cover. We'll answer a few questions we've received from the listeners, along with some timely tips on early spring gardening. Is pressure treated lumber safe for raised bed gardening? What about compost made from biosolids? Listen to find out!

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ATP Podcast #47: Our Top Culinary and Medicinal HerbsATP Podcast #47: Our Top Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
By dave, February 21, 2014

In today's podcast we finish off herbs week by talking about our own favorite herbs, how we grow them, how we cook with them, and how we use them for medicinal purposes.

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The Top 25 Herbs, Selected by ATP MembersThe Top 25 Herbs, Selected by ATP Members
By dave, February 15, 2014

Let's open Herbs week with a look at the most popular herbs, as determined by the number of individuals who have posted comments and photos to the herb entries in our database.

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ATP Podcast #46: The Whitinger Seed CompanyATP Podcast #46: The Whitinger Seed Company
By dave, February 14, 2014

In this special episode, we are joined by our three oldest children. They'll discuss gardening from children's perspective, along with some funny farm life anecdotes, share some photography tips, and they promote their new seed business.

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The February Roses and Herbs Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The February Roses and Herbs Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, February 10, 2014

It's that time again! Another exciting raffle filled with exciting prizes. Every ticket is a chance to win so come on in and check out this month's offerings.

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ATP Podcast #45: Talking Roses with Calif_Sue and ZuzuATP Podcast #45: Talking Roses with Calif_Sue and Zuzu
By dave, February 7, 2014

An unbelievable opportunity! Today we are joined by ATP Plant Admins Calif_Sue and Zuzu, who will talk about roses.

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The Top 25 Roses, Selected by ATP MembersThe Top 25 Roses, Selected by ATP Members
By dave, February 1, 2014

You have surely wondered which of the thousands of rose cultivars are the most popular. Well, wonder no more! Here is the list of the 25 most popular roses grown by the members of All Things Plants.

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ATP Podcast #44: Diego Footer, Founder of the Permaculture Voices ConferenceATP Podcast #44: Diego Footer, Founder of the Permaculture Voices Conference
By dave, January 31, 2014

More permaculture! Diego Footer joins us today and talks about permaculture, soil building, fruit tree growing, composting, his upcoming permaculture conference and much, much more.

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ATP Podcast #43: The Annuals Week PostludeATP Podcast #43: The Annuals Week Postlude
By dave, January 24, 2014

We wrap up annuals week with a discussion of the interesting articles posted to this site this week. We also talk about the usual things happening around the farm, Dave introduces us to his aquaponics efforts, and we have an impromptu discussion about some interesting crepe myrtle cultivars and species.

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The Top 25 Annuals, Selected by ATP MembersThe Top 25 Annuals, Selected by ATP Members
By dave, January 18, 2014

Ever wonder what the most popular annuals appear to be? We have run a report of the most photographed and discussed annuals in our database!

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ATP Podcast #42: Seed Starting of Tomatoes and PeppersATP Podcast #42: Seed Starting of Tomatoes and Peppers
By dave, January 17, 2014

For today's episode, in addition to our usual segments, Dave and Trish will share all their favorite tips and tricks for starting tomatoes and peppers from seed.

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The January Not-A-Raffle Raffle!The January Not-A-Raffle Raffle!
By dave, January 11, 2014

We kick off 2014 with a new raffle! Come in and check out our lineup of prizes.

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ATP Podcast #41: The Podcast is Back!ATP Podcast #41: The Podcast is Back!
By dave, January 8, 2014

Today our podcast breaks dormancy as we begin a new year full of new podcasts. Come on in, listen and get caught up with what's been going on around our farm, and see ATP's top 5 most successful ideas from the past 2 months.

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Winter Vegetable Gardening for Mild ClimatesWinter Vegetable Gardening for Mild Climates
By dave, January 5, 2014

Most people consider winter the time when the gardens go to sleep and there's nothing to grow, but for those of us who live in fairly mild climates, there's a whole new kind of gardening that can only be done during those cold months.

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ATP's Top Cold Weather Crops ListATP's Top Cold Weather Crops List
By dave, January 4, 2014

Let's open this week with a look at a few of the most popular Cold Weather Crops from our Plant Database.

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Book Review: Gardening the Amana WayBook Review: Gardening the Amana Way
By dave, December 18, 2013

Hot off the presses is a new book by author and ATP member Larry Rettig, about gardening in the Amana Colonies. Let me share my review of this interesting and useful book.

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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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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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ATP Podcast #39: Daylilies Week with Melanie MasonATP Podcast #39: Daylilies Week with Melanie Mason
By dave, October 17, 2013

We continue to celebrate Daylilies Week with an interview with daylily hybridizer Melanie Mason.

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The Daylilies Week Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The Daylilies Week Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, October 12, 2013

It's Daylilies Week (again!) and we're opening our exciting week with an equally exciting raffle. Break out your acorn purse because you're definitely going to want to participate in this raffle. Brace yourself for this goliath of a raffle.

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ATP Podcast #38: October GardeningATP Podcast #38: October Gardening
By dave, October 10, 2013

In this week's podcast Trish and Dave talk about some interesting plants they recently obtained, discuss unusual fruit tree planting ideas, and go through some various gardening chores appropriate for this time of year.

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ATP Podcast #37: The All Things Plants DatabaseATP Podcast #37: The All Things Plants Database
By dave, October 3, 2013

Let's talk a bit about the best database of plants in the world, ever.

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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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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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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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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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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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ATP Podcast #33: Using Chickens To Improve Your GardensATP Podcast #33: Using Chickens To Improve Your Gardens
By dave, September 5, 2013

In today's episode we talk all about chickens, especially how they can be used to prepare a vegetable garden plot.

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ATP Podcast #32: Apples for the South, Rose Hips, Fall Chores and MoreATP Podcast #32: Apples for the South, Rose Hips, Fall Chores and More
By dave, August 29, 2013

In today's episode it's a blitz of various gardening thoughts, ideas and suggestions. Dave discusses apple varieties for Texas and Trish shares all her recent herb and rose drying projects. We also wrap up wildflowers week by talking about our favorite articles from last week.

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A Wildflowers and Pollinators Not-a-Raffle RaffleA Wildflowers and Pollinators Not-a-Raffle Raffle
By dave, August 19, 2013

It's raffle time again! Get those acorns out and grab some tickets!

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ATP Podcast #31: All Things TreesATP Podcast #31: All Things Trees
By dave, August 15, 2013

In this week's episode, we dive straight into talking all about trees, how to buy them, plant them, care for them, and yes, how to kill them! We don't want you to kill your trees, though, so learn from our lessons and keep your trees happy and healthy with our time honored tips and ideas.

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Trish Gives a Tour of Her Herb SpiralTrish Gives a Tour of Her Herb Spiral
By dave, August 10, 2013

In this video, Trish shows us her herb spiral garden bed. She talks about what material we used to fill the bed, what plants she's currently growing, how she chose where to put each plant, how she waters, and much more.

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ATP Podcast #30: Putting Up Tomatoes and ElderberriesATP Podcast #30: Putting Up Tomatoes and Elderberries
By dave, August 8, 2013

In this week's episode, Trish shares all her best tips about processing tomatoes, especially how to can them for later eating! We also discuss elderberries: their health benefits, how to harvest and clean them, and what to do with these wonderful wild fruits.

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Hugelkultur Bed Maintenance; When the Wood Starts Breaking DownHugelkultur Bed Maintenance; When the Wood Starts Breaking Down
By dave, August 3, 2013

In this video, Trish shows our hugelkultur swales beds, and how she manages them as the woody material starts breaking down, creating empty pockets in the bed.

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Solving the Mystery of the Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle SeriesSolving the Mystery of the Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle Series
By dave, August 2, 2013

This newly introduced Crepe Myrtle exploded onto the scene last year and had everyone talking about it. But is this really a new variety, or an older, already existing variety that has been repackaged and rebranded? I investigated the situation, and what I found will surprise you.

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ATP Podcast #29: Growing Sweet PotatoesATP Podcast #29: Growing Sweet Potatoes
By dave, August 1, 2013

In today's episode, Dave and Trish talk all about sweet potatoes. How to plant them, how to grow them, when to harvest, how to cure, and some ideas of how to eat them!

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ATP Podcast #28: Harvesting Honey, Planting Fall Veggies, Drying Flowers and a Contest!ATP Podcast #28: Harvesting Honey, Planting Fall Veggies, Drying Flowers and a Contest!
By dave, July 25, 2013

We cover a lot of ground in today's podcast where we discuss our recent beehive adventure, discuss the challenges of fall gardening, and Trish shares her secrets about drying flowers. We are also having a contest in this week's podcast!

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ATP Podcast #27: A Double Header - Squash and VermicompostingATP Podcast #27: A Double Header - Squash and Vermicomposting
By dave, July 18, 2013

In today's episode of the ATP podcast, Dave and Trish discuss at length the wonderful world of growing winter squash. We'll discuss our favorite varieties, how to store them, and how to eat them. We also talk all about composting with worms.

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The Lilies Week Not-a-Raffle Raffle!The Lilies Week Not-a-Raffle Raffle!
By dave, July 15, 2013

This month's raffle features huge prizes from Faraway Flowers, B&D Lilies and the member magnolialover. Come on in to read more and to get your tickets.

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ATP Podcast #26: The most heat tolerant plantsATP Podcast #26: The most heat tolerant plants
By dave, July 11, 2013

In this episode of the All Things Plants podcast, Dave and Trish go through their list of the most heat resistant plants. Tropicals, cacti, succulents, tough-as-nails perennials, annuals, wildflowers and much more!

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ATP Podcast #25: Beating the HeatATP Podcast #25: Beating the Heat
By dave, July 4, 2013

In the face of country-wide heat waves, we thought this would be a good time to review the best tips on how to keep your garden growing through the hottest part of the summer.

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ATP Podcast #24: Out of the Mouth of BabesATP Podcast #24: Out of the Mouth of Babes
By dave, June 27, 2013

In this special edition of the All Things Plants podcast, Dave interviews his four oldest children. We discuss gardening from the point of view of young people, and also talk about farming and raising livestock and cattle.

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ATP Podcast #23: Perennials Week with Charlie NardozziATP Podcast #23: Perennials Week with Charlie Nardozzi
By dave, June 20, 2013

In this week's episode we are joined by Charlie Nardozzi, a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. We'll discuss his favorite perennials and much more.

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A Huge Perennials Week Not-A-Raffle-RaffleA Huge Perennials Week Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
By dave, June 17, 2013

Our biggest raffle ever! Eight different companies have provided prizes for this month's raffle. How exciting! Come on in and take a look, and buy your tickets.

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ATP Podcast #22: Just Some Garden TalkATP Podcast #22: Just Some Garden Talk
By dave, June 13, 2013

In this episode, Dave and Trish talk about the new features added to ATP this week, and hold the drawing for the recent contest. They also discuss a good variety of gardening topics, including a rant about some specific pins on pinterest.

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ATP Podcast #21: All Things TomatoesATP Podcast #21: All Things Tomatoes
By dave, June 6, 2013

We're having a contest for our new listeners! Additionally, we discuss everything you need to know about tomatoes, how to grow them, how to care for them, and how to deal with their problems.

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When Is the Right Time To Harvest Garlic?When Is the Right Time To Harvest Garlic?
By dave, June 4, 2013

When the bottom few leaves are dried and brown, the garlic is ready for harvest. I will show you photos of the ready plants, along with tips on how to lift them from the ground and how to cure them for long term storage.

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ATP Podcast #20: Heading into SummerATP Podcast #20: Heading into Summer
By dave, May 29, 2013

In this week's podcast, Dave and Trish cover a lot of ground with a huge variety of miscellaneous gardening thoughts. We discuss harvesting, curing, and storing onions, dealing with problems with roses, praises for the daylilies, and Trish gives a presentation on boston ferns.

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ATP Podcast #19: Vines and Climbers with Dan Long of Brushwood NurseryATP Podcast #19: Vines and Climbers with Dan Long of Brushwood Nursery
By dave, May 22, 2013

In today's podcast we are joined with everyone's favorite vines and climber guy: Dan Long! You are in for a real treat as Dan shares his favorite tips and ideas for growing these great plants.

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A Vines and Climbers Themed Not-A-Raffle-RaffleA Vines and Climbers Themed Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
By dave, May 20, 2013

This month's raffle is, of course, all about vines and climbers, sponsored by our friends at Brushwood Nursery.

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ATP Podcast #18: A Checklist of May Gardening ChoresATP Podcast #18: A Checklist of May Gardening Chores
By dave, May 15, 2013

It's mid May and most of the country is hopefully in the middle of springtime, and that means it's time to review what's happened so far and contemplate those important springtime tasks that need doing.

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ATP Podcast #17: An Introduction to Permaculture, featuring Terra Perma DesignATP Podcast #17: An Introduction to Permaculture, featuring Terra Perma Design
By dave, May 8, 2013

In this special edition of the ATP podcast, we are so excited to be joined today by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg. Who's that? Well, he's a permaculture designer in Vermont, and he is a permaculture expert. What's permaculture? Well, it's hard to describe in a sentence or two, but I promise you're going to find it fascinating and educational.

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ATP Podcast #16: Gardening With ChildrenATP Podcast #16: Gardening With Children
By dave, May 1, 2013

In this week's episode, Dave and Trish discuss gardening with children, including the how's and the why's.

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Harden Off Your Vegetable Starts Before TransplantingHarden Off Your Vegetable Starts Before Transplanting
By dave, April 27, 2013

Harden your vegetable transplants before installing them in the garden. Do this by giving them a little bit more time outside in the sunshine every day until they are finally ready to be outside 24/7.

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ATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild PlantsATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild Plants
By dave, April 24, 2013

In this episode, Dave and Trish talk about their favorite wild edible plants, the kinds of plants you might come across as you walk through the woods. Many of the plants on this list are sure to surprise you!

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Hugelkultur with Margaret Roach of AWayToGarden.comHugelkultur with Margaret Roach of AWayToGarden.com
By dave, April 23, 2013

The highly popular gardening author, radio personality, and blogger at AWayToGarden.com interviewed Dave recently about hugelkultur, the raised bed technique that involves using whole logs of wood in your beds.

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ATP Podcast #14: All Things IrisesATP Podcast #14: All Things Irises
By dave, April 17, 2013

In today's episode we discuss the usual updates from our farm, including an impromptu discussion about Vidalia and Noonday Onions. Our main topic is irises, where Trish tells us what she knows about these beautiful perennial flowers.

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The Iris Not-A-Raffle-RaffleThe Iris Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
By dave, April 15, 2013

Irises are favorites for most of us. These stunningly beautiful blooms deserve a place in any garden. Come join us in our raffle and compete for a chance to win some great cultivars!

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ATP Podcast #13: Easy Peasy Culinary Herbs for EveryoneATP Podcast #13: Easy Peasy Culinary Herbs for Everyone
By dave, April 10, 2013

In this week's episode, Trish and Dave share their favorite culinary herbs, how to grow them, and what uses they have in the kitchen. Even experienced gardeners will enjoy the interesting anecdotes about the old favorites.

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ATP Podcast #12: Gardening for Birds, Bees, and ButterfliesATP Podcast #12: Gardening for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies
By dave, April 3, 2013

Join us for an exciting episode where we talk all about birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. We discuss how to attract and take care of these wonderful creatures, including what plants to grow. We also include a collection of tips and ideas for your flying friends.

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ATP Podcast #11: Coping with Late Season FrostATP Podcast #11: Coping with Late Season Frost
By dave, March 27, 2013

It seems like the whole country is currently dealing with an extremely long winter and late frosts and freezes, and we in Texas are not being spared. Today's episode we discuss ideas, tips and techniques for dealing with frost.

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ATP Podcast #10: Top Ten New Gardener MistakesATP Podcast #10: Top Ten New Gardener Mistakes
By dave, March 20, 2013

This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: news about All Things Plants and what's going on in our gardens. For our main feature we discuss common new gardener mistakes. As an added bonus, Trish rants against people who refuse to grow ornamental plants.

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ATP Podcast #9: Sempervivum WeekATP Podcast #9: Sempervivum Week
By dave, March 13, 2013

This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: Dave's favorite idea, Trish's report from around the forums, and we discuss the lengthy winter we're having in Texas. Our main feature is a double feature: two special interviews with people in the Sempervivum world.

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The Sempervivum Not-A-Raffle-RaffleThe Sempervivum Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
By dave, March 11, 2013

Such a diminutively cute plant needs to have an equally gigantic raffle, and that is exactly what we have for you this week. Come and view the table set out with prizes galore for a whole group of lucky winners!

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ATP Podcast #8: Perennial VegetablesATP Podcast #8: Perennial Vegetables
By dave, March 6, 2013

This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: Dave's favorite idea, Trish's report from around the forums and some stories about our gardening adventures this week. Our main feature is a discussion about perennial vegetables you can grow.

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ATP Podcast #7: Listener QuestionsATP Podcast #7: Listener Questions
By dave, February 27, 2013

This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: Dave's favorite idea, Trish's report from around the forums and some stories about our gardening adventures this week. Our main feature is a question and answer session with ATP members.

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ATP Podcast #6: Roses Week with Mike ShoupATP Podcast #6: Roses Week with Mike Shoup
By dave, February 13, 2013

This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: Dave's favorite idea, Trish's report from around the forums, and Dave shares an interesting tip on how to take down huge trees without a chain saw. Our main feature is a special interview with Mike Shoup of the Antique Rose Emporium!

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A Huge Roses Not-A-Raffle-Raffle-Ganza!A Huge Roses Not-A-Raffle-Raffle-Ganza!
By dave, February 11, 2013

This is our biggest raffle we've ever done, with not 1, not 2, not even 3, but FOUR huge prizes for 4 lucky winners!

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ATP Podcast #5: A February Gardening Checklist of ChoresATP Podcast #5: A February Gardening Checklist of Chores
By dave, February 6, 2013

Come hear Dave and Trish discuss all the news about ATP, gardening updates from Texas, and the main feature of today's show: late winter chores for the garden.

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ATP Podcast #4: Seed Starting and MoreATP Podcast #4: Seed Starting and More
By dave, January 30, 2013

Come hear Dave and Trish discuss all the news about ATP, gardening updates from Texas, and the main feature of today's show: our favorite tips and ideas about seed starting.

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ATP Podcast #3: Margaret Roach's "The Backyard Parables"ATP Podcast #3: Margaret Roach's "The Backyard Parables"
By dave, January 23, 2013

Come listen as Dave and Trish discuss the news about what's happening in ATP Land, and Dave interviews Margaret Roach about her brand new book.

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ATP Podcast #2: Our Favorite Vegetables and AnnualsATP Podcast #2: Our Favorite Vegetables and Annuals
By dave, January 16, 2013

Come listen to Dave and Trish discuss their favorite vegetables and annuals, and find out the news about what's happening in ATP Land.

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The January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle:  The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual SeedsThe January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle: The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual Seeds
By dave, January 14, 2013

For this month's raffle, in honor of Veggies and Annuals week, Chelle has shocked and thrilled us by putting forward the largest collection of seeds I've ever imagined.

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Planning, Designing and Growing a Vegetable GardenPlanning, Designing and Growing a Vegetable Garden
By dave, January 12, 2013

It's that time of year, when freezing temperatures suddenly fade away into our distant memory and we start getting that vegetable garden itch. Let's talk about vegetables - how to grow them and how to design your vegetable gardens.

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Welcome to Veggies and Annuals Week!Welcome to Veggies and Annuals Week!
By dave, January 12, 2013

For 2013 we are going to be running special Plant Weeks each month, and to start off we have selected this week as Vegetables and Annuals week!

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ATP Podcast #1: Our First PodcastATP Podcast #1: Our First Podcast
By dave, January 4, 2013

A new podcast for a new year! Join us as we begin with our first of many podcasts about All Things Plants, and more.

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The November Not-A-Raffle Raffle, Hosted by SharonThe November Not-A-Raffle Raffle, Hosted by Sharon
By dave, November 5, 2012

This month's raffle is another beautiful painting by our own Sharon!

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Announcing a Special Daylilies Week Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!Announcing a Special Daylilies Week Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, October 8, 2012

Juli and Char are teaming up to provide prizes for a raffle this week. Come on in and read all about it!

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Welcome to Daylilies Week at All Things PlantsWelcome to Daylilies Week at All Things Plants
By dave, October 8, 2012

In honor of our 50,000 photos posted to our daylilies database, this week is Daylilies Week at All Things Plants!

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ATP Podcast #0.5: Spring Blooming BulbsATP Podcast #0.5: Spring Blooming Bulbs
By dave, September 26, 2012

It's fall and that means it is time to plant bulbs for spring blooms. I'm joined by Jay Hutchins, grin-eral manager of Brent & Becky Bulbs and he's going to give us a primer on these cheerful spring blooming plants.

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Announcing a September Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!Announcing a September Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, September 14, 2012

This month's raffle, brought to you by Joannabanana, is a beautiful and highly useful book on roses!

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ATP Podcast #0.4: All About LavenderATP Podcast #0.4: All About Lavender
By dave, September 8, 2012

Join us for our 4th podcast, where we interview wholesale nursery grower and lavender expert, Cathy Slaughter from Gabriel Valley Farms.

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ATP Podcast #0.3: Interview with Author Chris McLaughlinATP Podcast #0.3: Interview with Author Chris McLaughlin
By dave, August 20, 2012

Chris is a gardener and hobby farmer, and the author of many gardening books in the "Idiot's Guide" series. In this podcast, she joined me to talk all about gardening: heirloom vegetables, compost, worms, containers, small plants, and much more!

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ATP Podcast #0.2: Interview with Margaret Roach of AWayToGarden.comATP Podcast #0.2: Interview with Margaret Roach of AWayToGarden.com
By dave, August 13, 2012

A gardener, author, blogger and much more, Margaret Roach is highly popular with everyone who learns about her. Come listen to our audio interview and find out why!

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ATP Podcast #0.1: Interview with Jane Gates, Author of "All The Garden's a Stage"ATP Podcast #0.1: Interview with Jane Gates, Author of "All The Garden's a Stage"
By dave, August 6, 2012

Jane Gates, the author of a new gardening book, has a long history in art, music and gardening. She has studied horticulture and worked in the green industry for over 30 years, propagating, hybridizing, running nurseries, designing gardens, building landscapes and managing plant stores. Come and listen to my 30 minute conversation with this fascinating personality.

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A July Not-A-Raffle-Raffle, Hosted by TrishA July Not-A-Raffle-Raffle, Hosted by Trish
By dave, July 23, 2012

Trish is hosting this month's raffle. Come on in and take a look at the box of goodies that she has prepared for one lucky winner.

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Let 'em Grow: Lamb's QuartersLet 'em Grow: Lamb's Quarters
By dave, June 7, 2012

This is one in a series of very short articles that will hopefully change your mind about some surprisingly good weeds. And even if your mind isn't changed, you'll still be well informed.

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Are You Getting Your Weekly Ideas in Your E-Mail?Are You Getting Your Weekly Ideas in Your E-Mail?
By dave, May 12, 2012

Subscribe to the ATP newsletter so that you can receive these tips, articles and other ideas in your email inbox!

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Making Stepping StonesMaking Stepping Stones
By dave, October 14, 2011

At the Whitinger Farm, we are busy making stepping stones for a walkway between our driveway and the house. It's an ambitious project and we've already made dozens of stones. By popular request, here is the tutorial on how we're making them.

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Let's Learn About Botanical Names for PlantsLet's Learn About Botanical Names for Plants
By dave, September 29, 2011

Genera, species, cultivars, synonyms, common names... what does it all mean? If this subject has you a little confused, allow me to cut through the confusion and show you the light.

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Vermicomposting: Easy and Efficient Composting with WormsVermicomposting: Easy and Efficient Composting with Worms
By dave, August 22, 2011

Whether you live on a self-sufficient homestead or an apartment in the city, you should consider keeping a bin of worms to turn your kitchen scraps into the best compost available. Here's how to get started.

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Building a Hugelkultur Raised BedBuilding a Hugelkultur Raised Bed
By dave, July 18, 2011

Sheet mulching is a technique of laying organic material in layers on the ground to build up a raised bed of rich soil for your plants. Hugelkultur is an extension of this technique, where a gardener builds quite tall raised beds using logs and dead branches as the first layer in this bed.

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Announcing All Things Plants, a New Site by Dave WhitingerAnnouncing All Things Plants, a New Site by Dave Whitinger
By dave, July 11, 2011

Combining his passion for gardening with his love of web-based software development, Dave Whitinger today launched a new next-generation gardening website for the gardeners of the world.

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All About SunrootsAll About Sunroots
By dave, April 6, 2011

Easily grown and impossible to kill, the sunroot is an amazingly useful and beautiful plant that belongs in every garden.

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Introducing Plant GuildsIntroducing Plant Guilds
By dave, April 6, 2011

The concept of plants guilds is an extension of the companion plants thought process. Different plants do different things and bring different benefits.

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