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After a wild winter, gardeners must now spring into action

Since the February winter storms, the question on all gardeners’ minds has been: “How much damage do I have on my plants?” Record-low temperatures for an extended period caused some harm. The unusually heavy snow load may have actually been a blessing, as snow is a great insulator. Our…

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Growing fruit can be a peachy pursuit

As more people try their hand at edible gardening, the idea of growing fruit crops has garnered interest. While fruiting plants can be grown at home, they can require more work than vegetables because they aren’t annual crops. Success largely depends on the type of fruit selected. Fruit crops…

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Good seedlings make a good crop

Growing your own vegetables is fun and rewarding. Some vegetables we can grow from seed, while others need a small plant or transplant to jump-start the season. Many gardeners have favorite varieties, especially of tomatoes and peppers, but not all varieties are readily available at local nurseries and garden centers.…

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Weather winter by finding plants’ comfort zone

There are innumerable plants in the world, and knowing which to choose can be a daunting task. A plant may be labeled an annual in one climate, a perennial in another or an evergreen in a tropical environment. Plants’ needs vary by sunlight, water, fertilization and soil types, and a…