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Garden Fundamentals – Meets Facebook

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We have had a lot of good comments on the site, but comments on blogs are not a great way to communicate and discuss topics. I want to expand the ability to connect with you, my readers, and to connect all of you to each other. To meet this goal I have set up a Facebook Group, called Garden Fundamentals.

Facebook: Garden Fundamentalshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/356927494777686/

As you may know, I run two blogs that have overlapping topics and I wanted to combine both discussions in one place. I had to decide on using one name or the other, and Garden Fundamentals won out over Garden Myths, mostly because of some other changes and announcements I will be making in a couple of months. If you have not visited my other blog, have a look at GardenMyths.com

Please join Garden Fundamentals Group now!

I will continue to answer questions in the comment section of this blog, but the Facebook Group will allow some new and better ways to communicate.

  • Suggest new topics for this blog – I’d love to know what interests you
  • Start your own discussion on topics that have not been discussed here
  • Post links to scientifically based gardening info
  • Ask gardening questions
  • Talk about any gardening topic

I am a regular on several gardening Facebook Groups and they are a great way to learn and discuss. I learn something new everyday from those groups and it is also a great way to get to know people with similar interests.

Please join the group and let’s have some fun!

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Colchicum Autumnale – The Life Cycle Explained

Colchicum autumnale, commonly called the fall crocus has one of the most unusual life cycles of any plant in my garden. It flowers with no leaves and it’s seeds are stored underground for part of the year. In a given gardening season it flowers first, then rests, and then makes leaves. This is one mixed up plant that has developed a very unique and interesting life cycle.

When should you move the corms – they are not bulbs? When can you collect the seed? Important information like this becomes clear once you understand how Colchicum autumnale grows – their life cycle.

Colchicum autumnale in fall showing flowers. The leaves are from a hydrangea bush, by Robert Pavlis

Colchicum autumnale in fall showing flowers. The leaves are from a hydrangea bush, by Robert Pavlis

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Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’

Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’: by Robert Pavlis

Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’: by Robert Pavlis

Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’ is a wonderful little plant for the rock garden. It is not a show stopper, nor does it have big flashy flowers, but it does have a very unique look that gets people talking. It requires almost no care and has few pests.

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Collecting Seed – Great Way To Propagate Plants

Collecting seed is an easy and cheap way to propagate and share plants. It allows you to make more of your own plants or add new types of plants to your garden. You can collect from both gardens and the wild, and it is a great pastime when you are traveling.

In this post I will describe different types of seed and help you determine when they are ready to collect.

collecting seed from clematis seed head (achene) by Robert Pavlis

Clematis seed head (achene), by Robert Pavlis

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Seed Exchange – A Great Way To Get Free Seed

A seed exchange is a great way to get free or low cost seed. It is also a way to get seed that you can’t buy anywhere else. For years now I have been using these services to expand my collection of plants and I just love them. One of the most enjoyable experiences in gardening is seeing a new species of plant flower for the first time.

So where are these great seed exchanges, you ask? This post provides a list of them.

Seed packages have just arrived from the ACS seed exchange

Seed packages have just arrived from the ACS seed exchange and it feels just like Christmas

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