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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.
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.
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.
Jul 12, 2013 — Earlier this week we told you about people who want to see micro-gardening go big. We've chosen a few of our favorite images of micro-gardens from around the country that make the most of small spaces and idle containers.
Jul 9, 2013 — Micro-gardens are small spaces, such as balconies, patios and rooftops, cultivated with planting containers like wooden boxes and trash cans. Now, creative reuse of old materials and some new tools for sale are making it easier for urban dwellers to stretch their green thumbs.
 

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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 sprouting seeds is soil temperature.  Go to full article
Mole (above) and vole.

Pests in the garden: The Four-legged Kind

Horticulturist Amy Ivy talks with Martha Foley about moles, voles and how to control them. While both are avid burrowers and can damage lawns, voles are herbivores with a big appetite for bulbs.  Go to full article

April Snow Leaves Gardeners Impatient

With early spring snow and cold over the weekend, horticulturist Amy Ivy says don't be tempted yet to transplant trees or plants outdoors.  Go to full article

Spring has Sprung: Budding Blossoms and Longer Days

Horticulturist Amy Ivy spent Sunday afternoon in her backyard. She has tips on preparing the yard and garden for another growing season.  Go to full article

'Tis the Season for Backyard Pruning

David Sommerstein and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about early spring pruning techniques.  Go to full article

Garden Prep In Between The Seasons

It's mid-March and a lot of North Country gardeners are getting ready for another growing season. With new supplies of seeds at the store and garden catalogs in the mail,...  Go to full article

Shapes and Forms of the Early Spring Landscape

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about backyard landscapes. The recent snowfall offers a good chance to see the shapes in the yard without all the details -- and...  Go to full article

Signs of Spring: The Sounds and Smells

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about early spring.  Go to full article

Garden Pests: Alien Invasion!

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about the dangers of importing unwelcome pests.  Go to full article

Starting Seeds Indoors: Timing is Everything

Martha Foley continues her conversation with horticulturist Amy Ivy about the basics for starting seeds early indoors.  Go to full article

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