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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....

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...

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...

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...

Wyoming man grows 1,491-pound pumpkin, breaks state record

Oct. 18, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming officials say a Cheyenne man has grown a pumpkin that weighs in at 1,491 pounds (676 kilograms), a new state record. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Thursday that Andy Corbin grew the gourd in his backyard. For perspective, scientists say newborn elephants weigh about 200...

Fall's the best time to harvest discounts at garden centers

Oct. 15, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

Fall is the best time of year to get new trees, shrubs and perennials into the ground before cold weather sets in, and it's often the best time to buy them, too. Garden centers traditionally mark down their off-season inventories rather than muscle them indoors for overwintering protection. Discounted items also...

Giant pumpkin weighing 2,175 pounds sets California record

Oct. 15, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California pumpkin hobbyist has won first place at the 46th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh Off, setting a record for the largest in California. Leonardo Urena of Napa won $15,000 Monday when his pumpkin logged 2,175 pounds (986 kilograms). Weigh-off...

Some maples (sugar) are more desirable than others (Norway)

Oct. 8, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

It's not easy to figure out which maples you want on your property. The good ones are the sugar maples, their leaves ablaze each fall in yellow, red and orange. The less desirable ones are the Norway maples, their leaves green well into fall. I don't hold that lingering greenness against Norway maples. What I do...