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November 16, 2010



Barrel CactusIf you've ever made contact with a desert cactus, you can understand why more people don't want to grow them in their yard. Try using a good pair of cactus gloves to ease the pain. Angela O'Callaghan explains the hows and whys of these slow-growing, resource conserving, and well-defended desert plants.

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