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Jul 9, 2014 — If you always end up killing your house plants, this week's innovation pick may help. This new microfarming appliance grows produce indoors with just seeds, an electrical outlet and a little water.
Apr 5, 2014 — More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, a report finds, but they're clueless about how to avoid other types of contaminants.
Dec 16, 2013 — A woman in Miami Shores, Fla., is suing her town after it forced her to remove vegetables from the garden in her front yard, which she had tended for 17 years. She's being backed by a a national public interest law firm, but the town says it's a long-standing zoning ordinance that won't be overturned.
Dec 3, 2013 — The space agency has announced plans to grow turnips, basil and cress on the moon by 2015. The experiment could be good news for astronauts sick of their freeze-dried fare. But researchers say the real goal is to see if humans could one day live — and farm — on the moon.
Oct 29, 2013 — Older people who are active every day appear to lower their risk of heart disease and death by almost a third, even if they're not doing the kind of exercise that breaks a sweat. Gardening and puttering around the house qualify. And don't overlook berry-picking, a popular pastime in Sweden, where the study was done.
 

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Local Flavors: Todd Moe keeps it homegrown in this series focused on eating locally, and on sustainable agriculture and gardening.

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

Gardeners' Alert: Frost in the Forecast

A high pressure system is drifting south from James Bay. Frost advisories have been posted for tonight in much of the North Country: southeastern St. Lawrence County,...  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

Giving the Garden a Boost

Amy Ivy talks with Martha Foley about soil temperature, fertilizer, mulch and other factors to keep your garden moist and healthy during hot spells.  Go to full article
Purple Loosestrife damages Northeast wetlands

Gardeners Have Hand in Invasive Species Control

Gardeners have been ordering new plants and digging in the dirt this spring, but if they're not careful, they could be introducing plants that can cause havoc with forests,...  Go to full article

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