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There may be an app for that, but I’m not sure I care by Elizabeth Licata

Mid-winter is generally a time for trend predicting, seed talk, and other speculative matter in the gardening press. Much of the country is still huddled around the fire, so there’s not much call for cultivation or maintenance advice. Pity the poor garden columnist at this time. If it were me, I’d be all about the […]
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