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What to be Doing Now for Your Spring Garden

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The snows are flying right now but your spring garden will be sprouting before you know it. Niki Jabbour is Horticulture’s resident columnist regarding growing edibles, and she’s one-fourth of the Savvy Gardening crew. Here are her tips for what to be doing now for your spring garden. 

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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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The 2 Keys to Growing Marginally Hardy Plants

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Let’s define what marginally hardy means when talking about a plant. When growers have had some record of success with the plant in your USDA Zone, but it’s more reliably hardy one zone warmer then the plant will be described as marginally hardy. The great challenge to growing these plants successfully is getting them through the winter. Here are some tips to help you.

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