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Heeling in late-fall plant bargains

In late fall, many garden centers have terrific sales to clear their shelves. While I am not often ready to begin a new garden bed at this time of year, the deals are simply too good to pass up, and I usually find myself with a number of plants that have to wait until next year to find a permanent home. I heel them into my empty vegetable garden, and mulch them well. In the spring, I’m ready to start filling in holes.

Kathy Small, Hopkinton, MA

From Fine Gardening 64, pp. 7