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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.

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, gardening guru Ellen Ecker Ogden shares a bounty of garden-to-table recipes celebrating the rich variety of seasonal offerings available at farmer's markets, produce aisles and home gardens. She gardens and cooks in southern Vermont. Todd Moe talks with Ellen Ecker Ogden about recipes for cooks who like to garden, gardeners who like to cook, and everyone who wishes they had a 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 and planning for next spring.  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 attention to tender plants in the garden.  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

High Summer in the Garden: Time to Plan Ahead

Now is the time to take notes for next year's garden. That's according to horticulturist Amy Ivy, who says August is the best time to consider color, variety, size and soil...  Go to full article

North Country Tropics: Gardening in Hot, Rainy Weather

The recent wet, muggy weather has turned even North Country gardens absolutely tropical. Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about the effects of high humidity...  Go to full article
The hardy and attractive native "snowball" hydrangea

Native Plants for Smarter Gardens

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about a need for more native plants in North Country gardens. Native varieties, though sometimes difficult to find, are attuned...  Go to full article

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