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The 2021 Planting Dates!
The 2021 gardening calendar details your first spring planting dates and final fall planting dates for the U.S. and Canada.
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Extend the Growing Season: Cold Frames, Row Covers, and Ideas
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When Pests Invade the Home
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Firescaping Your Yard and Garden
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Herbal Folklore and Old-Fashioned Tips
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How to Grow Lettuce in a Vertical Tower!
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How to Freeze Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
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Crazy for Daisies: Types of Colorful Daisies
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Black Walnut Trees
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How to Make Elderberry Syrup
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How to Can Tomatoes at Home
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Favorite Zucchini Recipes
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Caring for Perennial Flowers
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The Best Fall Flowers for Your Garden
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Best Indoor Plants for Low Light
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