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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.
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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 particular flower or plant. For years, Paul Johnson who lives in Upper Jay in the northeastern Adirondacks, has found joy in growing irises. It's hereditary -- Paul Johnson is a third generation iris enthusiast and breeder. Todd Moe toured his plethora of iris gardens.  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, lakes, and other natural areas. Gardeners can't count on their suppliers to warn them about plants that can damage the local ecosystems. In another report in the series, "Your Choice; Your Planet," the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Garden Design Tips: Space is a Good Thing

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about thinning vegetable and flower gardens.  Go to full article

Spring Lawn Care: Keeping it Green and Growing

Horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on preparing your lawn for the summer.  Go to full article
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Woodland Wildflowers: Tips for Going Native

Spring is show time for the flowers of the forest. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has advice on growing wildflowers in your backyard. She says buy wildflower plants or seeds from a...  Go to full article
Mary's art includes furniture and various silks with impressions of leaves, weeds and flowers

Gardening Inspires Clayton Interior Design Diva

Mary Dial is a gardener, interior designer and artist. Her Clayton home is surrounded by nearly a dozen gardens. During the spring, summer and fall you'll find Mary...  Go to full article

Early Spring Planting Tips: Wondering What to do When?

Cool weather is in the immediate forecast, and that's good news for daffodils. But it leaves gardeners impatient. Horticulturist Amy Ivy says experienced gardeners know...  Go to full article

Homegrown Recipes from the Garden

For 20 years, the Cook's Garden Catalogue has been one of the country's best known organic seed companies. Now in her first cookbook, From the Cook's Garden,...  Go to full article

Soil Temperature Key to Seed Germination and Spring Planting

The sun may be out and temperatures are rising, but that doesn't mean it's the right time to plant your new garden. Horticulturist Amy Ivy tells Martha Foley that the key to...  Go to full article

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