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Rosemary trees, home-grown gifts and voles

Once she\'s brown, she\'s brown for good. (Courtesy

Mike McGrath,

WASHINGTON – A sure sign of the approaching holidays is the appearance of those wonderful Christmas-tree shaped cones of live rosemary in garden centers and upscale supermarkets.

These living rosemary plants make great table-top Christmas trees, and are the perfect gift for the host of your Thanksgiving dinner. But they have one problem, they are 100 percent dog-dirty, six-times-sideways root bound, jammed into pots so small there’s no room in there for any soil.

So, as soon as you get your little

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