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Author: host Created: 4/16/2009 7:27 PM
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By host on 5/8/2010 9:12 PM

I have a flower bed in the front yard that receives full sun after about twelve o’clock noon and faces west. Since this garden bed is before the front of the house, it is shaded from sun in the east until the latter part of the day.

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By host on 4/19/2010 7:39 PM

Hippeastrum  Amaryllis -- click to enlarge.Generally recognized as “amaryllis” these Hippeastrum are very popular spring blooming bulbs. Hippeastrum amaryllis are native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas from Argentina north to Mexico and the Caribbean.

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By host on 4/8/2010 9:15 PM

Well, I have been poked and prodded and begged for my “Semi-Famous” Balsamic Vinegar Sauce and here, for the first time, I am about to reveal it! I have been told that people actually pay good money to buy this same stuff from the local gourmet market that you can make for pennies at home. And this recipe is really very easy.

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By host on 3/29/2010 6:58 PM

Window dressing  helps to brighten the yard.What a nice weekend we had in South Florida here at the end of March 2010. Saturday was sunny with a nice coolness to the wind. Sunday was a little windy, overcast and humid. But, it was a nice day, nonetheless to work in the garden. I hope you were able to get outside in your garden this weekend.

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By host on 3/25/2010 7:23 PM

I wrote this back in June of 2008: “Coconut palms are popular landscape plants in many tropical and subtropical parts of the world. Coconut palms are also popular in more temperate areas. In Florida, this palm came be grown successfully from the Keys as far north as the Palm Beaches on the east coast and Fort Myers on the west coast. Because of global warming...

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By host on 3/14/2010 5:48 PM

Remember when all of Florida was in an uproar over citrus canker? Remember the eradication efforts and outraged citizens protesting their right to keep their prized citrus trees and the state chopping them down and taking them away, by law?

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By host on 2/20/2010 6:58 PM

Beautiful green lawns provide numerous environmental benefits and their ability to store carbon is one of them; but when a recently published research study regarding the ability of grass to store carbon reached the opposite conclusion of previous studies, more than a few scientists were scratching their heads.

A study by Amy Townsend-Small, Earth system science post-doctoral researcher at University of California, Irvine received extensive media coverage because of the negative conclusions she presented regarding growing grass lawns. Her study suggested that the carbon-storing benefits of lawns were counteracted by fuel consumption.

Focusing on four parks and lawns in Southern California, the Townsend-Small study found that greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizer production, mowing, leaf blowing and other lawn management practices were four times greater tha ... Read More »

By host on 1/31/2010 8:22 PM

What is a Purple Martin (Progne subis)? And why do you want to invite them to your garden? Purple Martins are the largest member (to 8 inches long) of the swallow family of birds. They are famous for a number of things: 1) their prodigious appetite for bugs, 2) their aerial acrobatics, 3) their close association with humans, and 3) their yearly migration over land from Canada in the summer to Brazil in the fall.

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By host on 1/16/2010 3:20 PM

Freeze Damage.Most of Florida is now experiencing mild weather after two weeks of record breaking cold. You have probably had a chance to survey the damage that was dealt to your plants by the freezing weather and depending upon where those plants were located in your garden and their cold tolerance some probably held up better than others to the Arctic front.

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By host on 12/31/2009 4:01 PM

Bone-in Rib Roast ready for the oven. Click to enlarge.This is one on the few times of the year that my wife likes to abandon the kitchen to allow me to work on my cooking masterpiece – a Rib Roast.

This year she bought a bone-in roast which I like to work with more than the boneless ones. It seems to me that bone-in roasts tend to have more flavor. If we manage to pick up the roast a few days...

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