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This undated photo shows an autumn vegetable garden in New Paltz, N.Y. Hardy vegetables such as lettuce, endive, and arugula can be harvested well into autumn even in northern gardens with some protection from

Gardening: Extend your fresh vegetable harvest season

Nov. 24, 2020 7:54 AM EST

Many gardeners, even in colder regions, inch closer and closer each year to the goal of growing a year-round supply of vegetables. Corn, peppers, green beans, and okra are tucked away in freezers, tomatoes are canned, and turnips, beets, and winter squashes can be in “fresh” storage in...

Jessie Miller lets Buddy, a horse in his late 20's that Epic Farms rescued, into the large fenced pasture on the property Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Jessie Miller runs Epic Farm, a farm animal rescue facility located on Lem Turner Road on Jacksonville's far north side. Miler started EPIC Animal Outreach, a nonprofit that provides educational outreach to children and adults using rescued farm animals that get to live out their lives on her 7-acre farm. (Bob Self /The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Jacksonville animal sanctuary provides lessons in compassion

Nov. 22, 2020 3:00 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As a word, a touch or a piece of fruit brings humans and animals together, Jessie Miller gets to watch. When children and adults visit One EPIC Farm, her nonprofit’s 7-acre sanctuary on Jacksonville’s far north side, they meet animals up close. They meet horses,...

Growers raise giant pumpkins despite squashed festivals

Oct. 24, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

CULLODEN, W.Va. (AP) — Leaves are falling and the air is getting cooler, but the festivities of fall have been muffled, if not entirely muted. The wave of fair and festival cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic have continued past the summer. There was no Forest Festival in Elkins, no Black...

Virginia farms welcome customers in search for pumpkins

Oct. 18, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

RUSTBURG, Va. (AP) — Loading up the family on a cool, crisp fall day to pick out a pumpkin has always been one of America’s favorite pastimes, and this year growers said they’re seeing an increase in customers coming out to their farms. They said it’s a combination of the cool autumn...

Giant gratitude: Delaware man thankful for surviving COVID

Oct. 18, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — In some ways, 2020 hasn’t really been a great year for Ed Givens. In other ways it is. This past spring, the 64-year-old rural Georgetown resident miraculously bounced back to good health as a COVID-19 survivor after he became critically ill, fighting for his life on a...

Trainer Legend Tarvers, center, leads a group during a workout at Legacy Fit, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, in Miami. As the vast majority of in-person fitness clubs switched to virtual classes when the pandemic hit, Legacy Fit took the opposite approach. When Florida became one of the nation's COVID-19 hot spots in July, CEO Manning Sumner decided to host classes in a ballroom-sized outdoor tent that would still ensure safety, but allow clients to exercise in-person. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Some businesses opening, expanding despite pandemic hurdles

Oct. 16, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — First there was taco night, then barbecue sandwiches, followed by meats by the pound — all splashy marketing events to generate buzz leading up to Proof BBQ's grand opening in the Cleveland suburbs. And then came coronavirus. Michael Griffin already had success with a...

This undated photo shows a vegetable bed in New Paltz, N.Y. Frost is no problem for cold-hardy vegetables such as lettuce and Chinese cabbage, which thrive in cold weather. (Lee Reich via AP)

Frost doesn't mean the gardening season's over

Oct. 14, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

Cleaning up some frosted bean and marigold plants the other day, I thought of a weather report I heard recently on the radio. The announcer stated: “Freezing temperatures are predicted for tonight, thus ending the gardening season.” His deadpan delivery of this dramatic -- for gardeners --...

Travis Gienger, from Anoka, Minn., poses next to his pumpkin, which weighed in at 2350 pounds, to win the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Pumpkin weighing 2,350 pounds wins California contest

Oct. 12, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — Being cooped up at home due to the pandemic paid handsomely for a Minnesota horticulture teacher who used the extra time to constantly water and feed a massive pumpkin that won this year’s Half Moon Bay pumpkin contest. Travis Gienger, of Anoka, Minnesota, spent a lot of...

Illinois man grows state's largest pumpkin at 1,673 pounds

Oct. 12, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

BEASON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man has grown the state’s largest pumpkin and has brought it to display at pumpkin patches across the state's central area. The pumpkin is officially this year's largest, weighing at 1,673 pounds, according to The Pantagraph. Henry Bartimus of DeWitt was established...

FILE - In this March 28, 2020, file photo, DiMare farm manager Jim Husk holds a ripe tomato, in Homestead, Fla. Tomatoes and turnips are among the winners for US seed company sales. In the year of the new coronavirus and new gardeners in droves trying to grow their own vegetables, tomatoes are still king. And in a twist, the respect-seeking turnip actually turned some heads. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Tomatoes, turnips rule in big year for veggie gardening

Oct. 8, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In the year of the new coronavirus, when new gardeners came out in droves to try growing their own vegetables, tomatoes were still king. And in a twist, the respect-seeking turnip actually turned some heads. Seed companies taking stock of what went well and what came out of the...