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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...

Swimmer caught on video grabbing shark at Delaware beach

Jun. 25, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

LEWES, Del. (AP) — A swimmer in Delaware was caught on camera prying a shark’s mouth open with his hands this weekend in an effort to free it from a fishing hook. The video shows the man grabbing onto the shark at a beach in Cape Henlopen State Park. He went into the water to unhook it after another...

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...

Keith Russell, program manager of urban conservation at Audubon Pennsylvania, lowers his binoculars while conducting a breeding bird census, at Wissahickon Valley Park Friday, June 5, 2020 in Philadelphia. (The viral video of a white woman targeting a Black bird watcher in New York's Central Park has renewed attention to how the great outdoors can often be far from great for Black people. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Black bird watchers draw attention to racial issues outdoors

Jun. 23, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

Jason Ward fell in love with birds at age 14 when he spotted a peregrine falcon outside the homeless shelter where he was staying with his family. The now 33-year-old Atlanta bird lover parlayed that passion into a YouTube series last year. One of the guests on his first episode of “Birds of North...

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...

Peruvian migrant coffin maker Cesar Ambrosio finishes the details on a production line of coffins at the Bergut Funeral Services in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, June 18, 2020. The coffin production has had to increase up to 120%, according to Nicolas Bergerie, owner of the factory. His more basic coffin model is called the COVID model and is made to cope with the increase of deaths during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Chileans mass produce caskets to deal with COVID onslaught

Jun. 20, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Nicolás Bergerie's family has been making coffins for four generations, with barely any alteration. But when he saw the coronavirus ravaging Europe, he decided to roll out a new product. The “COVID” is a casket that eliminates precious woods, detailed carvings and...

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...

Albuquerque police detain members of the New Mexico Civil Guard, an armed civilian group, following the shooting of a man during a protest over a statue of Spanish conquerer Juan de Oñate on Monday, June 15, 2020, in Albuquerque, N.M. A confrontation erupted between protesters and a group of armed men who were trying to protect the statue before protesters wrapped a chain around it and began tugging on it while chanting: “Tear it down.” One protester repeatedly swung a pickax at the base of the statue. Moments later a few gunshots could be heard down the street and people started yelling that someone had been shot. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Man shot during protest over Spanish conqueror's statue

Jun. 16, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man was shot Monday night as protesters in New Mexico’s largest city tried to tear down a bronze statue of a Spanish conquistador outside the Albuquerque Museum, prompting the city to announce that the statue would be removed until officials determine the next steps. The...