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Time to study up: 35 gardening terms everyone should know

Nov. 07, 2022 08:18 AM EST

When thumbing through seed catalogs or plant-care manuals, you’re likely to encounter at least some descriptions that elude you. So here’s a cheat sheet to help navigate the offerings – and maybe impress your gardening friends. Aerate: Poking holes into compacted soil with a...

Fall's the best time to prep garden soil for new plants

Nov. 01, 2022 08:42 AM EDT

If you’re planning a new bed for perennials, groundcovers, shrubs or trees to plant next spring, the path to success starts with a good foundation. It’s easier to improve soil before plants are in place, so the time to do so is now. Before beginning, remove weeds from the area. ...

Pumpkins can be composted, donated to farms, fed to wildlife

Oct. 31, 2022 15:11 PM EDT

Hold off before throwing that porch pumpkin into the trash along with Halloween candy wrappers. Those jack-o’-lanterns don't have to end up in the local landfill. Consider composting pumpkins in the garden, donating them to community gardens, farms or even a zoo, or simply leaving...

Trick or trash: Candy makers grapple with plastic waste

Oct. 29, 2022 11:49 AM EDT

Halloween treats have a tricky problem: plastic packaging that’s difficult to recycle. As America loads up on an estimated 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween, a handful of companies are trying to make it easier to recycle all those wrappers. But they acknowledge their...

California baker creates life-sized Han Solo out of bread

Oct. 16, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

BENICIA, Calif. (AP) — Han Solo may be a hunk. But “Pan Solo" is a hunk of bread. That's what a bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area has dubbed its 6-foot (1.8 meter) bread sculpture of the “Star Wars" character as he appeared after being frozen in carbonite in “The Empire...

By popular demand, here's how to grow garlic

Oct. 11, 2022 07:46 AM EDT

I was surprised to learn recently that, according to Google Trends data gathered by AllAboutGardening.com, the most popular fall-planted crop in the United States is.... garlic. My guess would have been kale. Possibly beets. Maybe Brussels sprouts. But garlic? ...

Regrow vegetables from kitchen scraps on a sunny windowsill

Sep. 27, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

Gardening naturally lends itself to reusing and recycling -- just think about compost and last year’s seed trays. So if there’s a way to reduce trash while saving money on produce, you can count me in. And one of my favorite ways to do both is to regrow vegetables from kitchen scraps. ...

Maggots key to crisis-time fertilizer for Ugandan farmers

Sep. 18, 2022 04:42 AM EDT

KAYUNGA, Uganda (AP) — Moses Wamugango peered into the plastic vats where maggots wriggled in decomposing filth, the enviable project of a neighbor who spoke of the fertilizer problem he had been able to solve. The maggots are the larvae of the black soldier fly, an insect whose...

Composting companies battle contamination as programs expand

Sep. 17, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Clinton Sander is done with contaminated compost. On a recent morning, he sifted through long piles of waste from Denver and Boulder at a facility in Keenesburg operated by A1 Organics, the state’s largest compost recycler. Sander, the company’s...

Gardening doesn't stop just because it's fall: Some tips

Sep. 13, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

As summer turns to fall, the garden may seem to fade into the background. But there’s still plenty of action going on underground, so this is no time to rest. For starters, your plants still need water. Although their thirst will wane as temperatures cool, perennials, trees and...