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This undated photo shows Zahara Yellow zinnias in New Paltz, N.Y. Zinnias are one of many members of the Daisy Family, many of which can brighten up a garden with their sunny faces. (Lee Reich via AP)

Daisies bring a sunny look to the garden

Jul. 7, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

Give a child a box of crayons and a piece of paper, and ask for a flower, and you very likely will get a picture of a daisy. Daisies also hold attraction for poets. Geoffrey Chaucer, English poet of the 14th century, wrote "...of all the floures in the mede, Thanne love I most thise floures white and rede, Swiche...

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...

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...

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...

This photo taken July 7, 2019, in an orchard near Langley, Wash., shows netting that has been thrown over a small fruit tree to discourage foraging by birds. Netting is cheap but is cumbersome to drape over anything but small fruit trees, berry-laden vines and shrubs. Even small openings will allow birds to feed. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Good fences make good neighbors of humans, wildlife

Jun. 9, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

Fences are the best way to prevent deer and other foraging animals from damaging gardens, landscape plants and orchards, but they can be expensive, and difficult or time-consuming to install. There are other wildlife deterrents, but they might not work as well, so be prepared to share. The wildlife returns can...

FILE - In this June 15, 2019, file photo, Mikaela Mayer, right, lands a right to Lizbeth Crespo in a boxing match in Las Vegas. Junior lightweight contender Mayer has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been pulled from the co-main event of Las Vegas’ first major boxing card since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Boxer Mayer tests positive for COVID-19, out of return bout

Jun. 7, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

Junior lightweight contender Mikaela Mayer has tested positive for COVID-19 and won't fight in the co-main event of Las Vegas' first major boxing card since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Mayer announced her positive test on social media Sunday, two days before her scheduled bout against Helen Joseph in...

In this Friday, May 15, 2020 photo, houses are seen near a recently completed

Cities find green ways to reduce storm floods

May. 21, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For more than a century, New Orleans has depended on canals and pumps to get rid of stormwater in a city where about half the land is below sea level. Now the bustling Mississippi River port that expanded by filling in wetlands is spending $270 million to create spaces for rainwater,...