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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.
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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Local Flavors: Todd Moe keeps it homegrown in this series focused on eating locally, and on sustainable agriculture and gardening.
Jess Pletcher, Sara Gould, Shawn McGowan and Kiley Felch share garden chores.
Jess Pletcher, Sara Gould, Shawn McGowan and Kiley Felch share garden chores.

A Grass-Roots Garden Yields Plenty

With a dusting of snow and frost in some parts of the region this week, it's time to say good-bye to bright perennials and favorite herbs. But many North Country gardeners enjoyed an extended growing season again this year thanks to mild temperatures last month. For a group of novice gardeners in Potsdam, this summer was an opportunity to seriously dig into tilling, hoeing, weeding and fence building. And despite a late start and lack of supplies, their volunteer effort paid off recently with a whopping harvest for the needy. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

The Chemistry of Fall Foliage

What causes the fiery reds and bright yellows in the autumn landscape? Horticulturist Amy Ivy explains the how's and why's of fall colors in trees and shrubs.  Go to full article

Preparing for Frost: The Gardening Season Draws to a Close

For much of the region the warm weather has made for an especially late gardening season this year. But frost is on the way. David Sommerstein talks with frost expert and North Country gardener Phil Harnden.  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

An Early Start to Next Year's Garden

As the garden winds down for the year, it's not too early to think about preparing a new plot for next year. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on fall prep work in the garden...  Go to full article

Coping with the First Frost: Time to Cover Up

Weather forecasters predict frost late tonight in some of the higher elevations of the Adirondacks. Horticulturist Amy Ivy says this is the time of year to pay extra...  Go to full article

Planting and Transplanting as the Season Changes

Planting? Now? Horticulturist Amy Ivy has the do's and don'ts of late summer planting.  Go to full article

Testing Wireless Food Stamps in Farmers' Markets

It's the height of the season for luscious, farm-grown fruits and vegetables. But most people, who get help from the government with buying their food, can't take advantage...  Go to full article

Saving and Sowing Seeds: A Summer Gardening Tradition

Horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on collecting seeds from favorite flowers for next year's garden. She recommends two books: Nancy Bubel's The New Seed Starters...  Go to full article

Volunteers Grow Veggies for Food Banks

A group of volunteers has been hard at work this summer growing an extensive vegetable garden in the suburban style state office campus in Albany. But none of them will be...  Go to full article

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