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Take advantage of seasonal pause to make 2020 garden plans

Nov. 12, 2019 9:43 AM EST

The outdoor growing season is over in most of the U.S., and it's time to pause and take stock. Review those gardening impressions that delighted you as well as those that disappointed. Apply what one veteran planter calls "creative staring" to improve the look of your landscape and the rewards of your harvest....

From music therapy to heavy metal: A boy's drumming journey

Nov. 9, 2019 9:01 AM EST

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — With blazing red hair, sticks firmly in hand, and a focused look on his face, Cade Suddith took the stage at the Great Pumpkin Patch festival at Old National Pike Park in early October. Cade, 10, and his band, Electric Rainbow, were the first group scheduled to perform at the festival...

Try something new with uncommonly delicious (and ugly) fruit

Nov. 5, 2019 10:43 AM EST

As I savor one of my just-picked American persimmons (Diospyros virginiana), I'm reminded how this fruit — and a few other delectable fruits — would never sell. Why not? Because they're ugly! Although the persimmons hung from the branches as handsome, plump, orange orbs up to a few weeks ago, by now...

Downtown tulip planting a reminder to complete 2020 census

Nov. 3, 2019 2:19 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Yellow tulip bulbs are expected to be planted in downtown Indianapolis to beautify the area and remind Marion County residents to complete the 2020 census. Downtown Indy Inc. says volunteers will plant bulbs Monday in Legacy Garden on Washington Street. The planting is in conjunction...

School garden still thrives in memory of slain classmate

Nov. 2, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — The late Jameson "Jamie" Kirk-Hahn is likely smiling down upon a group of young children at Orangeburg Preparatory Schools who are continuing to put their little hearts into making sure the garden planted in her honor stays alive and well. "Jamie's Garden" first took shape in the...

Flowers looking tired? How to extend their vase life

Oct. 29, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

Fresh cut flower arrangements are fleeting, but you can keep them lively longer by taking a few simple steps in selection, conditioning and nourishment. "Cut flowers generally last five to seven days after the time they get to the consumer," said Lisa Mason Ziegler, a cut flower grower and operator of The...

Hockney works, tribal baskets highlight love of Yosemite

Oct. 27, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Decades before Yosemite became a national park and mesmerized visitors like British artist David Hockney, it was simply the backyard garden of Native American basket weavers. "It was not a wilderness. It was a garden," said Dr. Ann Marshall, director of research at the Heard Museum in...

Culinary folklorist preserves old fermenting tradition

Oct. 26, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — After visiting seven separate doctors in less than six months, undergoing major digestive surgery and multiple misdiagnoses, Rosanna Czarnecki found the answer to her debilitating health problems in a glass of fermented green coconut water. Lacto-fermentation, a process of preserving...

Cover your ground, for your plants' sake

Oct. 22, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

Nature abhors bare ground, and so should you. Her response to naked earth is to clothe it, a job at which many weeds excel. Bare soil is too easily blown and washed away by wind and water. Rainfall pounding on it seals pores, making it much harder for water to penetrate. This further contributes to erosion, which...

Realism of Harvard's Glass Flowers still dazzles

Oct. 22, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Tucked inside a museum on the Harvard University campus is a gallery teeming with plants so lifelike in appearance you'd be forgiven for swearing they're real. But this foliage is glass — really old glass. There's a red maple branch, for instance, that looks plucked from a...