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Gardeners make plans with no certainty in forecast

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Photo -   This Sept. 3, 2012 photo provided by Eric Ciula shows shows tomatoes from his garden in Cottage Grove, Wis. April is a planning month for gardeners throughout the middle of the country, and many are trying to figure out what to do amid rapidly shifting weather conditions. (AP Photo/Eric Ciula)
This Sept. 3, 2012 photo provided by Eric Ciula shows shows tomatoes from his garden in Cottage Grove, Wis. April is a planning month for gardeners throughout the middle of the country, and many are trying to figure out what to do amid rapidly shifting weather conditions. (AP Photo/Eric Ciula)
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — April is a planning month for gardeners throughout the middle of the country, and many are trying to decide what to do amid rapidly shifting weather conditions.

Recent rains have broken some of the drought that gripped two-thirds of the nation last year, but parts of Wisconsin and states west remain dry.

Climatologist Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center says the forecast is for more rain than usual through early June. But he notes that the drought came on quickly last June, emerging over a couple of weeks.

Chicago Botanic Garden horticulture director Tim Johnson says one way gardeners can increase their chances for success is by using mulch. He says it helps retain moisture, and it adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.

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