When Don and Lela Avery hear comments on how lovely their garden is, they remind visitors that they have grown a lot of plants but have also seen a lot of plants die over the past 30 years. The couple started propagating plants when they lived on the California coast in the 1970s. When they moved to Vermont nearly 10 years later, with a pickup truck full of tools and two young children, Don and Lela immediately turned a rotting porch into a greenhouse and built a few cold frames so that they could sell vegetable starts and flower seedlings at the local farmers’ market.
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