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Tips for Hardy Gardeners: looking ahead to next year ... and disturbing news about plant sentience

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Planning ahead for next year's fresh produce from your garden, and surveying the tidy rows of canned fruits, vegetables, salsas, pestos, jams and jellies can be one of the most satisfying ends to the summer.

Meanwhile, here's another thought to occupy your mind during long, dark winter nights:  researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that plants know when they're being eaten ... and they're not happy about it.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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