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Get Your Garden Ready for Irene

You've spent the spring and summer raising flowers and vegetables -- and now Hurricane Irene is on her way to spoil your fun. Here are some things you can do to prepare your garden for the storm.

• Put away anything that could blow around. That means watering cans, charcoal grill, hanging baskets and smaller flower pots. Find a sheltered spot for your patio furniture and, if possible, strap it down. Move Adirondack chairs off the lawn. A strong wind could pick them up and toss them through a window.

• Pick any tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, melons that look ripe. Stake the plants with sturdy sticks. This could prevent high winds from snapping the plants.

• Cut off the largest leaves on your kale, collard greens and chard plants, leaving the younger leaves to keep growing. Blanch, wrap in plastic and freeze for the winter.

• If you have plants growing up trellises, try to stake the trellises.

• Make list of arborists. Falling trees are common during big storms. You may need to get help when the storm has passed.

How have you prepared your garden for Hurricane Irene?

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