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Peak Season Combos

These plant pairings ensure that your garden will look its best when you’re most likely to enjoy it

Fine Gardening - Issue 188

While most people tend to divide the gardening year into four seasons, I like to divide it into three time periods: planning, working, and enjoying. Winter is for planning. It’s when you really don’t want to be outside and when your time is better spent formulating the plan of attack to make your garden the best it can be. Spring is the working time period, when the bulk of your cleanup, planting, and projects get done. Fall is also a working period and is generally when you can revisit the things you didn’t get done in spring.

But in between those two times of intense work is the enjoyment phase. Arguably, this is the most important. For some reason, I never feel like my garden looks the best it can during this time period— which is really sad, since this is when I spend my time sipping…

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