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The Transplanted Gardener: Iowa isn't Hawaii

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Today, Diggin' It will feature two posts by Craig Summers Black (one now and one this afternoon). He's an award-winning writer, editor, and photographer who gardens feverishly on a weedy acreage in the Midwestern heartland. He has found that it can be more than a tad colder in Iowa than at his previous gardens in California, Hawaii, Texas, and Florida. But he's learning:

Gardening is much like house hunting: It’s all about three things – location, location … you get the idea. So why on earth would I go from this first photo to the second one??

Yes, up top that’s Waikiki, and below, yes, unfortunately that is a seating area in my latest garden. Gives you the chills just looking at it.

After stints in Hawaii, Texas, Florida, and then California – and repeatedly telling my wife I could never live anywhere I couldn’t grow palm trees – we made an economic decision to move to her native Iowa.

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