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Last week I said that for the next few weeks we would be looking at great new plants to consider for this summer’s gardens. But we’re taking a detour this week for a great reason, which I’ll let you know about in a minute. So this week, let’s talk about pruning fruits -- both tree fruits and small fruits.

As we shiver through winter’s freezing temperatures and heavy snow, many gardeners hope the severe weather translates to fewer garden insects in the coming growing season. But, unfortunately, insects have evolved many coping mechanisms enabling them to tolerate winter conditions just fine.

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose ...” We’re all familiar with this popular holiday song, but have you ever wondered how to roast chestnuts? Or exactly what a chestnut tree looks like? Why don't we see them growing in our neighborhoods?