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Review: `Story of Gardening' gets a timely update

Aug. 11, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

“The Story of Gardening,” by Penelope Hobhouse and Ambra Edwards (Princeton Architectural Press) It's an opportune time for an update to this lavishly illustrated history of gardening and landscaping. “The Story of Gardening” might sit (heavily) on a coffee table, but it transports the...

Need a gardening teacher? UMaine has one for you

Aug. 8, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's university system is providing gardening buddies. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension said it's launching a program to match gardeners of different experience levels. Gardening has emerged as a popular hobby during the coronavirus pandemic. The extension said the...

This undated photo shows a bed with endive and beets growing together for autumn harvest in New Paltz, N.Y. Close planting of vegetables, with sufficient watering and fertility, not only gives bigger harvests but also shades out weeds. (Lee Reich via AP)

Gardening: How to reach a truce in the war with weeds

Aug. 4, 2020 8:15 AM EDT

If you want to avoid chemical weedkillers but don't like the idea of hand hoeing or bouncing along behind a rototiller, you still have options to keep weeds from taking over your garden. MULCH For starters, there's mulches, which can smother weeds. Pile organic mulches such as leaves, grass clippings, or wood...

FILE - In this May 7, 2019 file photo, first lady Melania Trump arrives for a one year anniversary event for her Be Best initiative in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Melania Trump has announced plans to renovate the White House Rose Garden. It's the outdoor space steps away from the Oval Office. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

White House Rose Garden is getting a face-lift

Jul. 27, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the most famous gardens in America is getting a face-lift. Melania Trump on Monday announced details of a plan already underway to spruce up the White House Rose Garden, an iconic outdoor space famous for its proximity to the Oval Office. The current garden design has been around...

This undated photo shows plants being watered in New Paltz, N.Y. Watering with a hose end sprayer is satisfying to the gardener but other methods of watering are much more effective in getting enough water into the ground to benefit plants. (Lee Reich via AP)

Soak or drip? Watering advice for the hot season

Jul. 21, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

August is the month for two garden W’s: weeding and watering. Regular attention to both keeps a vegetable or flower garden pretty and productive well into autumn. For now, let’s look at watering. It’s not necessarily less rain that makes soils drier in August; it’s August’s...

Lansing group works to secure farmland for marginalized

Jul. 20, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Jasmine Hardy is losing the land she is leasing for her urban farm, Beulah’s Basket. Ingham County Land Bank explained the one-tenth acre lot near Marcus Street and Fairview Avenue would be redeveloped to build a house, Hardy said. “Just having space as a Black person...

Minnesota's community solar maintains growth amid challenges

Jul. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s community solar garden initiative continues to be the largest in the country even after dodging relentless utility opposition, a crippling pandemic and market forces that could have slowed growth. Operated by Xcel Energy after being enacted by the Legislature seven...

Mississippi woman grows her first garden during pandemic

Jul. 18, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Angie Knight would have laughed had anyone told her in February she’d be canning tomatoes, putting up squash or pickling peppers by July. Few ideas could have seemed more outlandish. But that was pre-pandemic. Most “firsts” wrought by COVID-19 have been...

UMaine wants gardeners to help bees with native plants

Jul. 12, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine wants to help Maine's gardeners grow plants in a way that's friendlier to bees and other pollinators. University of Maine Cooperative Extension is holding a webinar on the subject of selecting native plants for gardens on July 20. UMaine Extension master gardener...

Community gardens help to feed food insecure during pandemic

Jul. 11, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sharrona Moore makes a promise every year: to donate half of what her garden grows. But it’s not really her garden, it’s the community’s garden. Moore is the founder and main steward of the Lawrence Community Garden. And much of the produce she grows on its seven...