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Dakota Gardener: Winter is life and death for plants

With the recent snowfall, winter is on my mind. The hard freeze killed our annual bedding plants and vegetables. Our hardy perennial flowers are very much alive but dormant for the season. How do our plants survive winter?

Our perennial flowers survive the winter underground. Aboveground leaves freeze and die. However, the plant's crown is protected and insulated by the soil. The soil just inches...

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