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 Why Blue?
Thanks to ChrisMD on the MidAtlantic Gardening forum for saving this excellent discussion of blue (and not-so-blue) flowers. * Posted by Clare B. (MO z6) ) on Saturday, February 15, 1997 at 22:32 Hmmm....People make these hyperventilating, 'I
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 My Stupidest Gardening Mistake - or- We Were Once All Newbies
I stole this thread from the perennials forum. We need to remember that everyone makes mistakes. Enjoy - chrisMD. My Stupidest Garden Mistake...... Posted by NymphaeaRosa Z5/6 NJ (My Page) on Sat, Feb 9, 02 at 1:30 I'm an 'intermediate'
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 A Brief Intro to Composting
Types of Composting The first question many beginners ask is 'What is the best bin?' The first question should be, 'What do you want to do?' Look at what materials you want to get rid of or have access to, and how much compost you want or need
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 Question about using pencil to mark metal plant tags
       • Posted by: rootedinreadyville on Sat, Jan 6, 07 at 14:56
              • 12 follow-ups, last one posted on Mon, Oct 8, 12 at 9:13
I read on one of the website's where I ordered zinc plant tags that you can write on them with a #2 pencil and it will last outside in the weather for several years. Seems too good to be true! I'm wondering, before I go ahead and do this with
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 Mini blinds as markers: plastic or metal?
       • Posted by: natalie4b 7b GA on Sun, Nov 27, 11 at 7:47
              • 13 follow-ups, last one posted on Sat, Dec 27, 14 at 13:19
What is your experience with mini blinds as plant markers? How long do they last? Do metal ones outlast plastic ones? Pros and cons? For years I have been purchasing different kinds: popsicle sticks, plastic plant markers - they don't last, an
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 color ink
       • Posted by: eric62687 on Thu, Apr 9, 09 at 2:13
              • 9 follow-ups, last one posted on Sat, Jan 12, 13 at 2:42
Is the color ink on newspaper bad for worms? I know not to use the glossy adds but I'm not about to cut out all of the color pictures. Anyone had a bad experience with color newspaper print? Follow-Up Postings: RE: color ink Poste
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 Can the ink on cardboard food containers be assumed safe now?
       • Posted by: gonebananas on Wed, Mar 31, 10 at 17:18
              • 5 follow-ups, last one posted on Sat, Apr 3, 10 at 22:15
I'd like to place abundant cereal boxes, powdered milk boxes, etc. into the worm-filled compost pile. Is there likely to be any heavy-metal ink used anymore, at least on food containers? I use old telephone book pages for a temporary mat unde
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 My Flow Through Bins
       • Posted by: splitsec002 on Thu, Apr 10, 08 at 20:40
              • 152 follow-ups, last one posted on Wed, Jan 16, 13 at 17:43
Hi all, I'd like to thank you for this forum. I barely found it and because of this forum I was able to make myself some flow thru bins. I've been worming for about a year now and visited worm digest and gardenweb forums but haven't heard ab
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 cardboard and newspaper-safe to compost?
       • Posted by: rpondpa on Sun, Jan 28, 07 at 7:18
              • 27 follow-ups, last one posted on Thu, Jun 19, 14 at 6:46
I have read several posts that newsprint, being made of soy, is now safe to print. One post led me to this article which states that newspapers and cardboard are not desireable in compost piles.
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 copy paper in compost? rooftop water use?
       • Posted by: bibbus 7b on Sat, Apr 26, 14 at 10:51
              • 9 follow-ups, last one posted on Wed, Apr 30, 14 at 14:33
I use a lot of printer and copy paper at work. Last year I shredded bags of it and used it in my compost. But I realized later it might have chemicals in it. I've read that ink is now mostly vegetal but I wonder if its true. Have you seen any scie
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 Newspaper pots and colored ink
       • Posted by: mayberrygardener on Sun, Apr 18, 10 at 1:28
              • 2 follow-ups, last one posted on Sun, Apr 18, 10 at 21:10
Hi all, I was planning on making some newspaper pots for my spring swap and the other stuff that's ready to be planted up, but I know that I'm not supposed to use the glossy colored papers. However, my stash of papers is some old Rocky Mount
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 Ideas for inexpensive plant labels that LAST?
A goal this year is to mark all the perennials in my garden-its an acre of plants though and so far the markers I have used in the past have not worked. The writing always disappears in one season! Visitors ask
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 Creative Recycling
A lady in our daylily club brought her plants to the sale in a plastic potting soil bag. I commented to her,
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 sewer sludge .. good?
       • Posted by: vieja z7NM on Tue, Apr 16, 13 at 14:31
              • 96 follow-ups, last one posted on Mon, May 6, 13 at 23:34
We just bought a load of the city sewer sludge that has been sterilized to use on the lawns. The City recycles this sterilized material for use on City parks, golf courses,etc & now bags & sells it to local stores I understand. Any ideas as to s
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 Best Way to Label Trees/Bushes
       • Posted by: nostalgicfarm 5 on Sat, Mar 8, 14 at 9:25
              • 37 follow-ups, last one posted on Thu, Sep 18, 14 at 11:56
We are planting about 200 trees and 200 bushes this spring. Mostly this is a variety of bushes and trees for by our road to block the view of cars/dust/etc. I am trying to decide the best way to put a label around the trees and bushes at least w
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 Newspaper mulch
I know a lot of non-organic gardeners use sheets of newspaper for mulch but we're trying to grow
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 Organic compost?
       • Posted by: bibbus 7b on Sun, Oct 13, 13 at 14:20
              • 22 follow-ups, last one posted on Sun, Oct 20, 13 at 21:45
For those who practice organic gardening, how do you decide what to compost and what to just throw away? I want to compost and recycle as much as possible for the environment but I grow a lot of my own food and don't want to put harmful items in m
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 How do you label?
       • Posted by: sagebrushred 5b/6a UT on Thu, Jan 5, 06 at 13:19
              • 20 follow-ups, last one posted on Mon, Aug 21, 06 at 12:59
I've never given much thought as to how to keep my plants labeled until this year as I was collecting seed. To date I've been using the little white tags that come with the plants I purchase and the white labels I use to keep track of the seeds I
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 Perm-a-mulch - have you used it?
       • Posted by: pinar on Mon, Dec 10, 07 at 15:44
              • 12 follow-ups, last one posted on Tue, Jan 27, 09 at 14:03
We have an overgrown yard with lots of nice plants, as well. The weeds are everywhere. When we moved they were already there. It is a fairly big yard for our area. We kept picking and digging to get the roots, but failed to thin down the weeds.
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 spring bulb markers
       • Posted by: maureenbee z5ME on Sat, May 27, 06 at 7:55
              • 12 follow-ups, last one posted on Sun, Feb 18, 07 at 10:02
As spring bulbs begin to fade away, I am again faced with how to best mark their location (so as not to disturb them if/ when I divide/ move their neighboring perennials). I'm not partial to looking at a garden full of markers. However, this year
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