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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.

The Fruits of Autumn and Winter

Autumn and winter are challenging seasons for birds as they search for food to fuel their long journey south or to help them survive the harsh North Country winter. Horticulturist Amy Ivy says not all birds will visit feeders. Some eat ornamental berries, like Winterberry and High Bush Cranberry. Amy has some planting tips to help attract winter birds to the backyard.  Go to full article

Autumn Garden Ritual: To Preserve and Protect

Horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on raking, mulching, composting, and making the garden snug for winter.  Go to full article

To Prune or Not to Prune?

You may feel the need to prune trees and shrubs during fall outdoor cleanup chores, but horticulturist Amy Ivy says to wait until spring.  Go to full article

Fresh Food: The Benefits of Buying Directly from Local Farmers

A wide selection of local produce is available this season, and that means plenty of opportunities to buy fresh produce at farmers markets and roadside stands. ...  Go to full article

Plant Now for a Spring Surprise in the Garden

Horticulturist Amy Ivy has advice on the best way to plant bulbs for maximum effect next spring.  Go to full article
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...  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...  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

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