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Image They both begin with the letter "A"
By starlight1153 on February 25, 2014

There are lots of things that begin with the letter "A," but the two things I am referring to are aphids and ants. All it takes is a couple of warm days and both of those pests will be having free lunch on your plants. Read on to learn about aphids mainly and the role ants also play in the life of aphids and how to control both of them.

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Image Anasa tristis
By starlight1153 on February 17, 2014

Anasa tristis is a pretty sounding scientific name don't you think? Kind of rolls off the tongue and makes you think of a fantasy place. However, its common name is enough to have gardeners upset and going into panic mode when they hear the common name spoken. So I am going to whisper that the common name is "squash bug.

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Image Have you got "C worms" in your garden?
By starlight1153 on March 2, 2014

Cutworms are another notorious pest of growers and gardeners alike. They also have the common name "C worms " as when they are disturbed they curl up into the shape of the letter C. One day your plants are standing nice and tall and healthy and the next they are laying on the ground with their stems chewed off and in some cases the whole top of the plant chewed off has disappeared.

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Image Miniature Vegetable Gardens
By starlight1153 on March 15, 2010

Have you ever wanted to just walk out your door and pick yourself a basket of home-grown produce, but the reality facing you was either a very tiny space of a yard or a slab of cement? Don't be discouraged, you too can create and enjoy a beautiful vegetable garden very easily.

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Image Have You Tried Wearing Your Vegetables Lately?
By starlight1153 on March 23, 2010

Yes, that's right, I said wearing your vegetables. No, I don't mean using vegetables such as pickling cucumbers for earrings, although that might be a good idea. What I mean is that there are a lot of vegetables that make good body lotions and masks.

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Image Sleeping Seeds
By starlight1153 on September 12, 2010

Have you ever bought or traded for the seed of a particular cultivar you desperately wanted? Have you then ever waited in anticipation for that seed to germinate only to watch the days, weeks, months and in some cases even years go by without success? It could because you have 'Sleeping Seeds."

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Image A Beautiful Legacy... The Trail of Tears Iris
By starlight1153 on April 7, 2010

Back in the 1800's folks were interested in mainly one thing, gold. Rumors circulated all around that gold was plentiful in Georgia. The problem was that the land was occupied by the Cherokee Indians. Papers were filed and petitions in acted to remove the Cherokee from the land. In 1838, General Scott and the United States Army invaded the Cherokee Nation.

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Image Best and Worst Vegetables to Grow?
By starlight1153 on January 19, 2014

Some folks are busy planning their flowers beds, and others are busy planning what vegetables that they hope to grow this year. Still, others are even learning how to incorporate veggies in with their blooming flowers to safe space and still have fresh produce to eat.

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Image Make Your Fragrant Garden Flowers Work For You
By starlight1153 on April 23, 2010

Tired of spending a small fortune growing, planting and maintaining the flowers in your garden just to enjoy the blooms for one day or just a few short weeks? Don't let those blooms eventually be turned into compost. Turn them into something special, so that you can savor the delightful smells all year long, all day long, wherever you go. Here's how......

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Image Edible Flowers
By starlight1153 on March 21, 2010

There you are with a garden full of beautiful blooms that you have been nurturing since they were nothing more than a little seedling, but did you know that some of those plants maybe producing blooms that are edible and make not only great food dishes, but creative garnishes too???

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Image A Different Christmas Poem !!
By starlight1153 on December 19, 2011

While we are busy with our Holiday preparations, let's take a moment and remember all our service men and women. While some are coming home, there are many still out in the fields and trenches. Some of you may be like me, not knowing where your loved one will be this Christmas other than they are out their protecting and serving us. For my son, and your cherished family members and friends, I offer up a big Thank you and a prayer for your safe return. While your out and about this Holiday, take a moment and Thank a solider for their service.

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Image It's Seed Swapping Time!
By starlight1153 on October 30, 2011

For many years now, from the month of November to December, the annual Hog Wild Seed Swap is held. This is a chance for you to find new types of seed to grow, get rid of unwanted seed you may have,and to have a bit of fun and make new friends while expanding your gardens. Read about it, and then follow the link to come join the annual Hog Wild Seed Swap fun...

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Image Copper Saving Ideas .... Laundry Soap Gel Concentrate
By starlight1153 on September 30, 2011

With prices going higher and higher and the pocketbook looking emptier and emptier, I started looking for money saving ideas that were not only inexpensive, but worked. Here is a great one I have been using for a laundry soap that costs only a copper penny a load.

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Image How NOT to Get Rid of Grasshoppers
By starlight1153 on April 2, 2010

No matter where you live, no matter how big your yard, your going to have bugs. Some you can see, but for every one you do there are hundreds, just hiding and laughing at you as go about your business and walk right on by them. The following is one just bug that spends a lot of time laughing at me.

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Image One Hour
By starlight1153 on February 28, 2011

Do you watch television at least one hour a week? Do you spend at least one hour a week on your phone catching up on just idle chitchat and happenings? Do you have any special skills or hobbies that you enjoy? Lastly, have you ever wanted to try something new and exciting? ...

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Image The Alien Echinacea
By starlight1153 on August 2, 2010

Have you ever had a plant that you expected to grow up, perform and bloom like the picture it was represented of when you bought it, only to find out you have something totally different. Not only different but totally alien looking? This is a story of an Echiancea that is growing and seems not to realize what it is doing is abnormal. Come take a look for yourself....

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Image Plant a seed... Save a butterfly
By starlight1153 on April 9, 2010

Butterflies with their flashing colors and patterns, are some of the most beautiful creatures in the world. For thousands of years these small delicate creatures have delighted humans with their fluttering around from place to place and flower to flower. Butterflies bring such joy to all that behold them from the youngest child to the eldest adult. They are also one of the few rare species of creatures that are harmless to man, his garden, and farmers to their crops.

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Image Just another day in the life of gardening!
By starlight1153 on March 31, 2010

Gardening should be fun, rewarding and a pleasurable experience. Most days it is , but then you have those days, when the unexpected happens. It seems I have a lot of those unexpected days. Yesterday was another one. Here is my story all over a seed, or maybe not....

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Image Don't worry... Someday You May Just Grow Up to Be A Sprout!!
By starlight1153 on March 26, 2010

Every year we go out and plant our seeds and when their time is done blooming, we try and harvest the seed pods to save and grow for next year, but do you know how that seed develops into a plant? For all their simplicity in looks, seeds are really very quite complex. Let me take you on a journey of just how that single seed can be come a sprout and develop into a beautiful flowering plant someday.

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Wearing a Red Face with Grace..
By starlight1153 on April 15, 2010

Some folks like living in the city and some folks like living in the country. Both have their perks and both have their downfalls. In the city, your close to stores and neighbors, but you have to deal with breathing polluted air. In the country, you can bond with Nature and stretch your arms out and not touch your neighbors house, but you have to deal with some of the creatures that abound in the woods and fields in the country.

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Image Wearing a Red Face with Grace... A Chuckles and Tickles Story
By starlight1153 on April 29, 2010

Some folks like living in the city and some folks like living in the country. Both have their perks and both have their downfalls. In the city, your close to stores and neighbors, but you have to deal with breathing polluted air. In the country, you can bond with Nature and stretch your arms out and not touch your neighbors house, but you have to deal with some of the creatures that abound in the woods and fields in the country. I have lived in both, but prefer in my older age the fresh country air.

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Image Hog Wild Seed Swap
By starlight1153 on October 26, 2010

Have extra seed just hanging around? Well get them out a suitcase and tell them to pack themselves up because it time for the Hog Wild Seed swap to start. This is a chance to find new types of seed to grow. Get rid of unwanted seed and to have a bit of fun and make new friends while expanding your gardens. Read about, and then come join the annual Hog Wild Seed Swap...

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