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Violas in an outdoor planter survived the winter on the deck of the house. Joe Walsh and Natalie Rivera began gardening when they moved to their house in 2010 in Sylvania Township.

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Their pear tree has doubled in height since they planted it in 2010.

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A three-tiered strawberry planter. In addition to placing pebbles around the bottom, Natalie Rivera applied rock salt on the pebbles to reduce the spread of the strawberry plant into the garden, and the grass into the strawberry planter.

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Snow peas, a hardy cold weather plant, in their front garden.

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Joe Walsh discusses the advantages of the trellis, rear, for cucumbers and melons.

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The strawberries are just beginning to show.

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Goldfinches at the backyard feeder.

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Natalie Rivera pulls clover out of the strawberry planter. Rivera planted about 50 plants, and now the strawberry has spread throughout the planter, filling in the empty spaces and thus suppressing most weeds.

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Asparagus, rear, garlic, red onions, horseradish and yellow onions along a back wall of their property.

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Asparagus, rear, garlic, red onions, horseradish and yellow onions along a back wall of their property.

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Natalie Rivera and Joseph Walsh.

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Natalie Rivera and Joseph Walsh, with one of their two dogs, Annie.

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A citrus plant on the deck. The tag came off, so they are looking forward to fresh lemons or limes.

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Tomatoes, spinach, and summer squash are some of the vegetables that they have started from seeds.

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