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So Your Garden is Rusting

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So Your Garden is Rusting

As we swing into high summer and garden plants kick into overdrive, the fungi, bacteria, and viruses that rely on them start making appearances too.  These plant pathogens manifest themselves in many ways, from the elegant to the grotesque. Rust fungi are one common pathogen that show up with warmer temperatures.  These fungi—along with a related group known as "smuts"—are some of the most destructive plant pathogens. Rusts and smuts...

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What is Aquaponic Gardening and Why Might You Care?

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What is Aquaponic Gardening and Why Might You Care?

What if I told you that you could catch fish for dinner right in your own backyard?  And what if before you catch those fish, they were growing the veggies for the rest of your dinner plate?  Would you believe me?  You should!  This is all within reach using a new style of gardening called Aquaponics. Aquaponics is, at its most basic level, the marriage of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics...

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Floriade 2012: Theme Education and Innovation

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Floriade 2012: Theme Education and Innovation

The Dutch horticulture sector is a leader in innovation and a global trendsetter. Through agricultural education, the Netherlands spreads and exchanges skills and knowledge. This section showcases the interaction between education and innovation in horticulture through display gardens and hands-on activities. The main focus is on the commercial horticulture industry, e.g. fruit, flower and vegetable production. There are three greenhouses in this themed section. The first one is a tropical display...

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Floriade 2012: An introduction

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Floriade 2012: An introduction

Floriade is the world horticultural expo that takes place in the Netherlands once every ten years. The Floriade 2012 exhibition is in Venlo, in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands, just west of the German border and about 180 km (112 miles) southeast of Amsterdam. The origin of Floriade dates back to 1818, when the first Dutch flower show was held. Since then the show has taken varying forms....

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Overlooked Plant Select: try them! You' ll LIKE them...

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Overlooked Plant Select: try them! You' ll LIKE them...

The plants promoted by Plant Select that have been neglected a bit in my opinion are the sun daisies. Osteospermum is a large genus practically restricted to southern Africa with dozens of species, most of them very tender. Plant Select introduced a bevy of these over the past decade which have incredible impact in the landscape. Purple Mountain is that unique color of rich purple that is quite rare in...

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Recipes from the Field

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Recipes from the Field

Summer offers one of my favorite pastimes, collecting and eating wild foods. Whether collected from the garden while weeding or added to a camping stew pot, local weeds can add flavor, nutrients, and variety to summer fare. Edible weeds are little storehouses of phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Before you run off into the woods with cutlery and dinner plate in hand, you need to take a few precautions. It is...

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Haiku on the prairie...

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Haiku on the prairie...

 Things Japanese are not limited to the Japanese Garden: here is a shot of  Sakurasoh, the rare Japanese Primula sieboldii which is one of the hardiest and best primroses for Colorado Gardens, blooming in Plantasia in early May. Sakura is Japanese for cherry blossom--which this primrose is said to resemble.

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Miracle year on the prairie!

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Miracle year on the prairie!

Prairie ablaze! Everyone knows about the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, but the Great Plains can be as colorful in their own way, often both spring and fall. Right now (these pictures were taken yesterday) the color in Baca County and the Oklahoma panhandle are the best I have ever seen. Every single yucca seems to be in bloom, and every stop I made revealed DOZENS of wonderful plants, many of which...

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