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Romancing the African Violet

A newly discovered friend learned I have a measure of expertise in cultivating (and enjoying!) African Violets. In fact, I've grown hundreds of them. So my friend wanted to know about her violets. On talking with her, I learned she suffers from "all of th
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Posted by on February 4, 2019

Springtime in 2019 will Come sooner than Expected for Dallas Greenthumbs

Gardening is right around the corner. Spring will be here by mid March and today for some reason, I guess it's global climate change, or just Mother Nature at work, but the temperature of our home rose to around 76.5 degrees and had the heater on earlier
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Posted by on February 23, 2019

Springtime in 2019 will Come sooner than Expected for Dallas Greenthumbs

Gardening is right around the corner. Spring will be here by mid March and today for some reason, I guess it's global climate change, or just Mother Nature at work, but the temperature of our home rose to around 76.5 degrees and had the heater on earlier
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Posted by on February 23, 2019

Romancing the African Violet

A newly discovered friend learned I have a measure of expertise in cultivating (and enjoying!) African Violets. In fact, I've grown hundreds of them. So my friend wanted to know about her violets. On talking with her, I learned she suffers from "all of th
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Posted by on February 4, 2019

Can You Identify This Flower / Weed?

My wife and I are past the age where we want a large garden -- or rather -- where we can maintain a large garden. My daughter planted a few zinnias once. Talk about thrive! Those things have taken over the universe. But they are lovely, aren't they? Well
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Posted by on August 25, 2018

Taking cuttings from shrubs and transplanting them into new pots of dirt might just work or not!

The thing is, I was asked to lop off the tops of the high shrubs that run along the front room window. So, I figured, after lopping off a considerable amount and allowing a full view outside from the window, I took only one of those tops and poked
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Posted by on August 3, 2018

One of My Favorite Trees: the Baobab Tree

There are many handsome --beautiful-- plants and animals in creation. Some are geometrically stunning. Proportioned perfectly. Others seem weird. Yet in their weirdness, there is a majestic quality not found in human substitutes. For me, it's the Baobab t
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Posted by on May 31, 2018

Getting onions, jalapenos and carrots started from seed.

GARDENING IS A GREAT WAY TO SPEND YOUR EXTRA FREE TIME and I started onion and jalapeno peppers from seed. And they actually started to sprout! With tender loving care and much patience, and keeping them in the house so the birds and squirrels don't mess w
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Posted by on May 1, 2018

I saw a pear tree for sale, a baby tree, inside a SAM's CLUB today.

I would have bought that pear tree. I know a place that is right for it. But, I bought the Seagate - 4 terabyte external hard drive instead. I was thinking about it hard. I mean, I really do need to cut down the Pin Oak because it only invites s
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Posted by on March 17, 2018

What Do You Do with an Osage Orange?

Well, I've decided to start a series of articles on "What Is It Good For?" My first offering relates to the Osage orange tree. You know the tree -- the one with those huge, bumpy fruits that smell like oranges, but are pretty much inedible. Do you think t
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Posted by on December 23, 2017

Even Cast Iron Plants prefer it indoors in Dallas as the cooler air these past 2 days in the mornings make them droop down as a result

Cast Iron Plant is pretty hardy. I had a few I separated at the roots and put in separate pots and placed on the front porch, but that was a few weeks ago, when lows were only in the upper 80s and highs the mid 90s. Now that it is nearing Autumn, a cold fr
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Posted by on October 11, 2017

How can Health & Fitness work under a Gardening subject header?

Gardening is exercise so I thought I would just go outside into the back yard and do some picking. I started by getting hold of my ames plastic wheel barrow and worked at bending over and picking up acorns and putting them in the wheel barrow. It
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Posted by on October 4, 2017