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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...

20th annual Pumpkin Palooza

Oct. 14, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

WARREN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man won the 20th Pumpkin Palooza weigh-in with a 2,074-pound (940.75-kilogram) pumpkin. Russ Klowan, of Cumberland, won this year's competition at Frerichs Farms in Warren on Sunday. Dave Frerichs, who runs the annual event, says the secret to growing a record-breaking...

West Virginia taking applications for school rain barrels

Oct. 14, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is offering free rain barrels to schools in the state. The Department of Environmental Protection said schools with current or planned flower or vegetable gardens will be given priority. Applications on the agency's Rain Barrel Program website must be submitted by...

Police say child attacked by stranger on Queens street

Oct. 10, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 6-year-old child has been hospitalized after being attacked by a stranger on a street in Queens. It happened in the Kew Gardens neighborhood just before 5 p.m. Thursday. Police say the child was with his parents when the 35-year-old man picked him up without provocation and...

Elderly Connecticut woman bitten by raccoon while gardening

Oct. 8, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — An 84-year-old Connecticut woman has received medical treatment after being bitten by a raccoon. Hamden Police said Tuesday the unnamed woman's daughter contacted them on Monday afternoon, reporting her elderly mother had been "attacked" by a raccoon and bitten on the hand while...

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...

Researchers harvest carrot varieties for nutrition, flavor

Oct. 5, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Orange, yellow, white and purple carrots of all shapes and sizes were harvested this week as part of a research trial to test carrots' genetic resistance to disease. The Skagit Valley Herald reports plant pathologist Lindsey du Toit said 220 breeding lines of carrots were planted...

To keep enjoying your garden's flowers, consider drying them

Oct. 1, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

Cut flowers have an intense but brief vase life, lasting generally about a week. Yet they can be preserved as attractive and long-lasting arrangements when properly dried and displayed. Air-drying is the simplest and cheapest way to go about it, but other methods may be better for locking in the flowers' colors....

Tribal members aim to cultivate healthy future with gardens

Oct. 1, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) — In his mind's eye, Daniel Menihan Jr. sees a time when backyard vegetable gardens dot the Mashantucket Pequot reservation, their yields nourishing healthy tribal families. By then, he figures, the Mashantuckets' own commercial growing operation could be regularly supplying...