Latest Gardening News

Solar power continues growth in Minnesota

Jul. 6, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Thomas Rekstein no longer minds looking at the electric bill for his Great River Insurance business on North Riverfront Drive. “My electric bill used to be $4,500 annually, now it’s down to $1,200 a year.” Rekstein, who had 38 solar panels installed on the roof...

Naga girl Neichutuonuo Yhome, 23, right, passes chilies plucked from her garden to her younger sister Mene in Kohima, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland, Monday, June 29, 2020. The sisters decided to grow their own vegetables in the early stages of the lockdown. Their patchwork garden now has half a dozen variety of vegetables, and bean vines crawling up a bamboo trellis. (AP Photo/Yirmiyan Arthur)

AP PHOTOS: India's lockdown spurs new gardeners in Nagaland

Jul. 1, 2020 11:51 PM EDT

KOHIMA, India (AP) — Two healthy pots of coriander and two of spinach are enough to provide a sense of achievement for Theyiesinuo Keditsu, a young English professor and mother of four. Keditsu, who claims she has the “thumb of death,” planted the seeds and was amazed at how they grew. The...

This undated photo taken near New Market, Va., illustrates how plants are becoming more stressed by unpredictable weather extremes. The climate in 2025 will be different even from that of 2020 so take that into account when doing your landscape planning. Choose plant varieties that can adapt to unusual growing conditions. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Climate change keeps changing the game for home gardeners

Jun. 30, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

Every year now, gardeners should be rethinking what they grow and where because of climate change, experts say. The growing season has become longer, delivering bigger harvests but requiring more weeding and controls. Plants are under stress because of rising temperatures, less frequent but more intense...

Hoosiers' embrace of ‘victory gardens’ grows during pandemic

Jun. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In the midst of World War II, Americans came together to grow fruits and vegetables in their backyards, forming a network of victory gardens that at one point provided as much as 40% of the country’s vegetables. Today, thousands of Americans are turning to victory gardens again,...

This photo provided by Janice Parker Landscape Architects shows potted flowering plants at a home in Darien, Conn., which are an easy addition to any outdoor space and can bring beautiful color and pleasant fragrances. (Neil Landino Jr./Janice Parker Landscape Architects via AP)

Making the most of your outdoor space, no matter how small

Jun. 23, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

Coronavirus quarantine had many people rethinking the interiors of their homes this spring. DIY projects were tackled, and rooms reorganized. Now that summer's here, why not give the same mini-makeover to backyards and outdoor spaces? You’ll feel less cooped up if you bring some indoor style outside, even...

In this 2011 photo provided Martha Benedict, a bench around a tree and raised flower and vegetable beds, all built by landscape designer Katharine Pinney from discarded scaffolding, are shown in a kitchen garden at a home in La Canada, Calif. Homeowners can transform an ordinary looking landscape with some imagination, design, and perhaps the help of a local agriculture extension service, landscape professional or private nursery. (Martha Benedict/Katharine Pinney via AP)

Simple design steps can take your garden to the next level

Jun. 23, 2020 8:40 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The flower beds are finished, the vegetables are growing, and yet something could be missing from the backyard landscape: That “wow” factor. Adding a personal touch to the lawn and garden doesn't have to be complicated or break the family budget. Homeowners can...

Summer school guidance issued, historic garden recreated

Jun. 19, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Summer school teachers and students are getting guidance about how to stay safe, and a historic garden recreated on the Isles of Shoals every summer has a new temporary home because of the coronavirus pandemic. SUMMER SCHOOL Teachers, students and staff will be encouraged but not...

Air pollution reduced amid pandemic in Washington state

Jun. 18, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Reduced traffic and work commutes have likely lowered nitrogen dioxide pollution and improved people's quality of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington state experts said. “Certainly commuting is a big way we spend our time and burn fossil fuels,” said Kristi...

A sign at an entrance to what has been named the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone in Seattle reads

Chief: Seattle protest area is not a police-free zone

Jun. 16, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Police will return to an area of a Seattle neighborhood being occupied by protesters if there are threats to public safety, the chief of police said after a business owner complained that officers didn’t respond when he called 911 to report a break-in and vandalism. “There is...

This undated photo shows a vegetable garden in New Paltz, N.Y. A surprisingly large amount of vegetables can be harvested from even a small vegetable garden. (Lee Reich via AP)

Have transplants ready to take place of harvested vegetables

Jun. 16, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

One way to reap an abundance of vegetables from even a tiny garden is to keep planting throughout the growing season. Soon, you could be filling in new vegetables where you’ll have harvested onions or pulled spent pea or cucumber vines. Later, there’ll be space where corn, early beets or carrots...