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  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
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    FORT WAYNE – The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County is offering Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops on safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing
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    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.
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Swiss chard at the end of the season is still producing in November, despite the frost.

Begin and end the season with Swiss chard

Today I have picked the last of the Swiss chard to stir fry with some other vegetables for dinner. Last April when I planted some seeds, I thought it would be something to eat early in the summer before the other vegetables I planted started producing.

Little did I know that it would continue to grow back as I picked it. It surived the hot dry summer, the invasion of cucumber beetles, and now it has survive several frosts. I have come to realize that it is the dependable plant that every garden should have.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)