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Gardening columnist Don Kinzler wonders how raccoons know when you're planning to harvest sweet corn the next day, why "lily" is included in the name daylily when they aren't even in the lily family, and other mysteries.
Food columnist Sarah Nasello says this recipe for this Savory Tomato Cheddar Galette is her gift to you — layers of pure summer deliciousness (tomatoes, garlic and cheese) encased in a scrumptious, rich and buttery pie crust laced with fresh herbs and flavor.
Don Kinzler also answers questions about pear trees that can produce fruit in the region and when to dig up onions.
Sarah Nasello shares her ultra-flaky All-Butter Pie Crust recipe and says it's relatively easy to master — and requires only a handful of pantry staples.

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Gardening columnist Don Kinzler addresses how to remove trunk suckers or basal suckers, and also answers questions about reworking a perennial flower bed and mulching around a tree.
Food columnist Sarah Nasello says this easy recipe for Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad is surprisingly full of flavor.
Gardening columnist Don Kinzler offers advice on a squash vine infestation, as well as how to kill creeping Charlie in lawns and ways to prevent green areas on potatoes.
Gardening columnist Don Kinzler says it's about the most common question he receives: why maple trees are doing poorly in some landscapes. Often, iron chlorosis is to blame.
"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler answers questions about a damaged chokecherry tree, as well as how to control the common weed purslane and if it makes sense to fertilize yards right now.
"Growing Together" columnist Don Kinzler says most remedies for tomato troubles are best as preventative steps rather than trying to fix current problems.

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"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler replies to a reader concerned his cottonwood is dying prematurely.
For better emergence, Don Kinzler recommends applying a light layer of moistened peatmoss or compost over the row your row of carrots. Old timers often laid a board over the row and removed as soon as the tiny seedlings broke the soil surface.
“My husband said it was for our daughters, I think it was really for him,” Shari Hendren said.

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