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Plants not behaving as expected: vegetable garden edition

Two of the vegetable crops I grew this year are known for loving the heat: okra and eggplant. I grow eggplant in pots on my deck, to avoid flea beetle infestation, and okra directly in the ground in my community…

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How plants cope with soaring temperatures

Hot enough for ya?  It’s only July, but we’ve had more than our share of relentless heat. Have you ever wondered how plants cope with heat?  It’s not as if they can turn on their air conditioners or pour themselves…

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Food gardening in summer heat

“Hot enough for you?” That used to be a summer joke, right? I haven’t heard it in a while. We all know it’s way too hot out there. This time of year, with the heat and humidity and bugs and…

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