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Challenges for gardeners in an unforgiving season
Challenges for gardeners in an unforgiving season

My calendar says my summer vegetables should be harvested by now. It's time for cool season crops to go into the ground. But it feels weird gearing up for winter while we're coming off a blistering week of triple-digit heat. And it's disappointing to give up on a summer garden that, for all my good intentions, was mostly a flop. I'm beginning to suspect that gardening — in heat, drought and uncertain soil — is more complicated and less fulfilling than I thought. As much as I like to fancy myself the Mother Earth type, I've begun to wonder if my green thumb has turned brown. Last year, I waxed rhapsodic about the glory of gardening. A garden, I...

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