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Plant Identification Flow Chart


A comical plant identification flow chart from our columnist, Mike Nowak.

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questions

What is the green worm that eats my roses and columbine every year?

With all the emphasis on growing fresh vegetables, I think I should use a cold frame but I am not sure what to do or how to go about it. Any ideas?

I have read that purple coneflowers (Echinacea) are a good source of food for birds in the winter. Will they be okay if not trimmed back until spring? If so, how early should they be trimmed?

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