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Debbie Braeu's nursery and landscaping business sells native water lilies. They  encourage buying only native plants for water gardens. (Photo by Chris Julin)
Debbie Braeu's nursery and landscaping business sells native water lilies. They encourage buying only native plants for water gardens. (Photo by Chris Julin)

Water Gardens a Route for New Invasives

You can hear frogs croaking and chirping in the middle of a city these days. You can see cattails and water lilies out your window even if you live nowhere near a lake. Water gardens are all the rage. But some scientists are warning that we have to be careful with our gardens. If plants or animals get out of a backyard pond, they can endanger native species. the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chris Julin reports.  Go to full article

Gardening: Summer Care for Tomatoes

If you haven't checked your tomato plants in the last 15 minutes or so, they could be getting away from you. Horticulturist Amy Ivy and Martha Foley talk about suckers, staking, cracking, blossom end rot and slow ripening.  Go to full article

To Bag or Not to Bag Grass Clippings

At one point or another, most of us have had to do yard work. If it was one of your chores as a kid, you probably developed a strong aversion to it. But as we settle into our own homes, something interesting happens. Taking care of the yard becomes important. But is there an environmental impact? The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's David Hammond takes a closer look at his own suburban back yard.  Go to full article

Bugs: They're Not All Bad

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about bugs in the garden. What's the best defense against pests?  Go to full article

Vines and Wines: The Art of Growing Grapes

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about growing grapes for juice or wine. Even in a backyard vineyard, it's part art and part science.  Go to full article

'Tis the Season for Strawberries

Martha Foley checks in with horticulturist Amy Ivy about strawberries.  Go to full article
Cathy and Frank Stepnoski at the Malone farmers' market

Making a Living at the Farmers' Market

Farmers markets, roadside stands, and U-picks give us fresh produce and a unique relationship with the people who grow the food we eat. They're also a growing part of...  Go to full article

Time for a Garden Tune-Up

Horticulturist Amy Ivy has some tips on weeding, mulching and re-planting.  Go to full article

Late Spring Pruning: Keep Your Blooming Plants in Shape

The garden is in. The weather is warmer. Time to sit back and relax? Horticulturist Amy Ivy says there are always garden chores. She tells Martha Foley about pruning...  Go to full article
<i>Yellow Iris</i>, Alice Wand. From NCPR's UpNorth Gallery

Garden Tour: Life Among the Irises

There are gardeners who delight in growing a variety of annuals, perennials and veggies each year. Then there are those who devote most of their botanical careers to one...  Go to full article

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