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Unearthing your potato harvest: How do you know when to dig?

Aug. 09, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about harvesting potatoes, as a lot of gardeners aren’t quite sure when, exactly, to dig them up. And who could blame them? Size, scent and firmness inform the maturity of most fruits and vegetables, but our senses can’t help us here. ...

What's a garden without birds? Create habitat so they thrive

Aug. 02, 2022 08:14 AM EDT

As I write this, I can hear a cardinal trilling in the backyard. I don’t have to look out the open window to confirm the source of the sounds that come through it; I’ve come to recognize the songs and their singers. I know it’s the mourning dove whose cooing wakes me in the morning and the...

Painted rocks left to spread positivity, kindness in WVa

Jul. 30, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Colorful rocks covered with painted images of animals, plants and inspirational quotes can be found in Huntington after Project Hope for Women and Children debuted its new Community Kindness Rock Garden. Project Hope works with women and their families...

Monarch butterflies are in trouble; Here’s how you can help

Jul. 28, 2022 19:42 PM EDT

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a butterfly. My money says the fluttering insect you’re envisioning has black-veined, reddish-orange wings outlined with white specks — the iconic attributes of our beloved American monarch butterfly. Unfortunately, the species, which...

Start harvesting your garden veggies now, and keep it going

Jul. 26, 2022 08:58 AM EDT

One of the biggest mistakes gardeners make is not starting to harvest their vegetable gardens early enough. You don’t have to wait until the announcement of an impending frost before reaping what you have sown. Vegetable gardens should be harvested over a long period of time...

Nonprofit works to plant nut trees across Frederick County

Jul. 24, 2022 09:08 AM EDT

MYERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — When Jane Dennison and her father purchased a 21-acre farm near Myersville back in 2016, they weren’t exactly sure what they wanted to do with it. Dennison, a chemist, was looking for a way to educate the public on sustainable agriculture. Her father was...

Fruits of the Community: A public garden blooms

Jul. 24, 2022 01:04 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Flowers bloom from and between the vegetables grown at Osceola Park. Okra, tomatoes, squash, mustard greens and zucchini are planted in the community garden on Choctaw Street between Cherokee and Creek streets. The garden sits unfenced next to a playground,...

5 common ailments in vegetable gardens and how to treat them

Jul. 19, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

You started seeds in spring and watched as they sprouted, then watered, fertilized and even staked plants as they grew, while visions of summer salads, grilled vegetables and homemade pickles danced in your head. Then one day, black blotches, yellow-spotted leaves and mushy bottoms...

How to cook with garden and windowsill herbs this summer

Jul. 18, 2022 08:31 AM EDT

I am a terrible gardener. I hate weeding, and within weeks of planting anything, the tomato, pepper and other plants start to become overrun with unwanted greenery, and it’s just not a pretty sight. The few plants that do seem to persevere despite my sloppy gardening efforts are...

Some schools build affordable housing to retain teachers

Jul. 15, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area high school teacher Lisa Raskin moved out of a cramped apartment she was sharing with a roommate and into her own place this month, paying a deeply discounted $1,500 a month for a one-bedroom with expansive views within walking distance to work. ...