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Fall gardening can be a wonderful time to prepare for the next growing season and extend your harvest. Cleanup, soil amendment, cool-season crops, protection of tender plants, and dividing and transplanting are among the issues we follow.

By following our tips, you can make the most of your fall gardening efforts and set the stage for a successful growing season next year.

Freezing Seasonal Produce: Fall Gardening Advice

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    Freezing Seasonal Produce

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