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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...

Horse pasture becomes a growing business in northern Wyoming

Jun. 26, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — If you’re looking for some fresh local vegetables for your next summer salad, you need look no further than your own backyard. Or, more accurately, Fred and Karen Schubert’s backyard. In March, 6,000 square feet of the Schuberts’ horse...

AppHarvest to open 2 more indoor farms, expand into berries

Jun. 21, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — AppHarvest on Monday continued its fast-paced growth in Kentucky, announcing the start of construction for two more massive indoor farms and its expansion into growing berry crops. The company said its new 30-acre indoor farm in Somerset will...

Gardening: For easy, effective weeding, go back to the hoe

Jun. 15, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

I’ll bet that in some corner of your toolshed or garage, an old hoe is leaning against a wall. A hoe that hasn’t seen use in a long, long time, having been replaced by, perhaps, a gasoline- or electric-powered tiller, chemical weed killers, or mulches. Hoeing is not...

Bear spotted in Chesterfield County yards, gardens

Jun. 12, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (AP) — A black bear was spotted wandering in a residential area in Chesterfield County southwest of Richmond. WRIC-TV reports that the bear was seen near the area known as Enon and that it damaged some yards. ...