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Many Annuals Affected by This Season’s Weather Extremes

By Pat Bellrose Heavy rain, way below normal temperatures and  now extreme prolonged heat! Each year gives us new challenges growing annuals, But this year WOW! If you planted early you probably are experiencing  some issues.  If you have planted late or have not planted yet  your plants are experiencing a different set of issues. So far I have gotten

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Mix Up Your Beds and Borders

By Barbara Perry Lawton (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener May 2006 issue.) Traditional gardeners and garden designers often create each garden bed and border with a single focus, with an emphasis on a particular group of plants. As a result, we often have perennial borders, annual beds, rose gardens, herb gardens and other “Johnny-One-Note” gardens. While

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Assessing Winter Injury to Plants

a photo of extreme damage to a white pine from ice storm

By Steven Cline, Ph.D. (This article was first published in the March 2007 issue of The Gateway Gardener.) Regardless of the theory explaining our mild winters, the trend is pretty clear – it’s warming up on average.  The data are now shown in the new plant hardiness map issued by the Arbor Day Foundation challenging the old USDA map with

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