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Wednesday, October 28, 2009 10:19 AM

Soil heaving is a cycle of freezing and thawing that causes soil to rise up and tear the roots of plants. This is bad, of course. The best defense against heaving is mulching. A mulch layer of sufficient thickness will moderate soil temperature changes, and keep the soil moderately cold.

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North American Fruit Explorers

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Curcurbit (squash family) and dozens of other great seed links

Tomato Bob’s Heirloom Tomatoes

Amishland Pink Tomatoes & Other Heirloom Seeds

Mailorder Gardening Assn.-
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Judd Patterson Photography-Images From Nature

USDA Plants Database

Garden Quotes: "The Quote Garden"

Kansas Wildflowers & Grasses

Arnold’s Greenhouse-LeRoy, KS

once at this site, select "Browse Authors" and then "Elizabeth Blackwell" to enjoy her book and drawings in A Curious Herbal, with over 500 illustrations, published in the late 1700s

Prohoe, maker of Rogue Hoe

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Aerating your lawn

Fertilizing Kansas Lawns

Buffalograss Lawns

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Kentucky Bluegrass Lawns

Planting a Home Lawn

Weed Control in Home Lawns Xeriscaping definition, plants, and resources

The Seven Fundamental Principles of Xeriscape, from Xeriscape Colorado Xeriscaping

Pest Control in Vegetable Gardens

Farming a Few Acres of Vegetables

Sweet Corn

Drip Irrigation for Gardens

The Old Farmers Almanac

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Astronomy Guide

National Gardening Association

GardenWeb: The Internet’s Gardening Community

HGTV: Gardening

Better Homes & Gardens

What’s Your Zone?
(MS) — When purchasing plants and trees you may have noticed the tag lists specific hardiness zones in which the plant should thrive. According to The National Arbor Day Foundation, the United States and Canada are divided into 11 areas based on 10 degree Fahrenheit changes in the average annual minimum temperature. Just remember that other variations, including soil condition, wind and rainfall, can affect the vitality of trees and plants, so hardiness zone alone is not indicative of plant survival.

When to plant for your zone-Weather Channel Link