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“Gardening just makes me happy,” says Dr. Weil, who can often be found working amongst the vegetables and flowers of his organic garden. Learn his favorite growing techniques here.



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Basil Basics
My friend absent-mindedly runs her hands through her potted basil while she converses on her porch, pausing every so often to breathe deeply.
 
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Feed the Soil, Not the Plants
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Best Way to Preserve Garden Vegetables?

I'm growing vegetables in my garden, and would like your opinion about preservation methods. Specifically, to retain the most nutrients, is it better to can, dry or freeze your fruits and vegetables?

Danger in the Garden?
I've recently moved into a house with a big, beautifully planted backyard, but I know nothing about garden plants. Are there any potentially harmful outdoor plants that I should identify and try to remove in order to protect my kids and my dog?

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