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What is the X in X-mas?
the occurrence of temperatures cold enough to kill all but the hardiest vegetation, especially the last such occurrence in spring and the first in fall, events that limit the agricultural growing season.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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From midsummer until
, the little daisies are a constant delight.
Light frost has been reported in many regions, but farmers are waiting for a strong
to help dry crops down.
Even after its leaves drop about the time of the first
, shrub lespedeza is still effective as a conservation plant.
Commercial dahlia growers were pleased that a
did not bring an end to brisk cut flower sales.
It is recommended that you burn a wildflower prairie in the fall after a
sets the plants into dormancy.
Organic vegetable growers were pleased that their crops have not had a
Without high mountain ranges within its boundaries
is essentially unknown.
usually marks the end of treatment for the season.
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