Latest Gardening News

Tomato wars: Tennessee students taste-test sauces for pizza

Aug. 01, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

ALCOA, Tenn. (AP) — A July 24 outing in the garden turned into more than an excuse to pick veggies for members of Project Hope in Alcoa. The program, which was started by retired food engineer and Alcoa resident Logan Hill back in 2017, gives teens in the community the...

Brazil landscape garden earns UNESCO world heritage status

Jul. 27, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Globally renowned for its natural beauty, Rio de Janeiro received a new international distinction Tuesday as UNESCO added landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx’s former home to its list of World Heritage sites. The Sitio Burle Marx in western...

Start now to get another growing season out of your garden

Jul. 27, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

The same hot weather that brings out the best in tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and other summer vegetables makes spinach, lettuce, peas, and other cool-weather vegetables tough and bitter. Midsummer weather makes the prospect of cool weather seem remote, but of course...

Millennial Money: A garden’s lessons for growing money

Jul. 27, 2021 07:14 AM EDT

Soil, sun, water and seed: The ingredients of a garden are simple, but the final product is never guaranteed. Willing a plot of land into a vibrant state of bloom takes intention, know-how and no small amount of trial and error. Like many people staying at home, I spent...

Urban farm in Virginia aims to reduce food insecurity

Jul. 25, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Judge Graham knelt over a row of bare soil and the occasional yellow marigold, planting seeds. In a little over a month, he hopes, the bed near Zion Baptist Church will be bursting with ripe tomatoes. The tomatoes, and the rest of the food Graham and other...

Hoe no! Facebook snafu spells trouble for gardening group

Jul. 20, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

Moderating a Facebook gardening group in western New York is not without challenges. There are complaints of wooly bugs, inclement weather and the novice members who insist on using dish detergent on their plants. And then there's the word “hoe.” ...

Weeds aren't all bad, but do need to be controlled

Jul. 13, 2021 07:47 AM EDT

Eons ago, the first humans learned to drop seeds into the ground to grow plants for food, for beauty and for fiber. We’ve come a long way developing what plants we grow and how we grow them. And throughout all this time, weeds have tagged along. But what is a weed?...

Old West Virginia tennis court turned into community garden

Jul. 11, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — An old, abandoned tennis court in the middle of Fairmont has received new life as a community garden. Just above Coal Run Hollow down a gravel road off of Oliver Street in the middle of Fairmont sits a paved lot, which was formerly a tennis court....

Garden club keeps Charleston blooming for 100 years

Jul. 03, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — If you’ve taken a stroll through Davis Park, noticed the plant boxes full of flowers in downtown Charleston, enjoyed the thousand daffodils that covered an entire side of Spring Hill Cemetery, or relaxed on a bench in Ruffner Park, then you have benefited from the...

Gardening: Buy or make a rain gauge to get watering right

Jun. 29, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

In my experience, gardeners often overestimate rainfall. A cloudburst might seem to have thoroughly saturated the ground, but scratch down an inch and you might find bone-dry soil. Because watering — not too much and not too little — is one of the keys to a...