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By Popular Demand: The Art of Composting

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For those of us who garden, compost and composting is simply a work of rot—without the unseen work of fungi, bacteria, protozoa, insects and earthworms feeding upon the dead, our living world would be continually engulfed in its rapidly expanding past. Imagine a present-day world awash in a hundred million years’ worth of undigested dinosaur carcasses, and you will understand the significance of the decomposers

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In a Changing Climate You’d Better Understand Phenology

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The January/February 2018 issue of Horticulture ran an article about gardening in a changing climate, and boy did we hit a nerve. Well, maybe it was only the nerve of one reader we jangled. She phoned me to tell me she was dropping her subscription because we wrote about climate change. Her words exactly were, “What kind of radical leftist did you get to write that article?!” Ouch.

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Myth busting: Where in the world do deer-proof plants exist

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If you’re wondering which plants are absolutely deer-proof, wonder no more. There are none. If deer are hungry enough, they’ll eat just about anything. Preferences vary by deer species and the region in which they live, as well. That said, one excellent plant list can be found at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station’s website.

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