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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.
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.
 

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Local Flavors: Todd Moe keeps it homegrown in this series focused on eating locally, and on sustainable agriculture and gardening.

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 of the fresh, nutritional food at their local farmers' markets. The food stamp system was replaced in many states with new Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. And since vegetable stands don't usually come equipped with electricity, both farmers and many poor people were missing the harvest. But New York hopes to change that with a new pilot program that's bringing wireless EBT technology to farmers' markets. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Joyce Kryszak has more on how the program is catching on.  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 Handbook, and The New England Wild Flower Society Guide to Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada.  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 eating the fruits of their labor. They are giving all of it away to food pantries. Karen Dewitt reports.  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

Nature Walks: What to Look for on the Hiking Trail

Horticulturist Amy Ivy tells us what she looks for during hikes through the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Giant hogweed sap blisters sunstruck skin.

Pretty Plants That Hurt

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about plants that are noxious. From Wild Parsnip to Giant Hogweed, Amy says these plants are lovely to look at, but don't touch!  Go to full article
Mary Dial surveys the blank pallette of one of her gardens in spring.

Gardens Galore!

If you're having trouble finding enough time to tend to your garden this summer, imagine how busy Mary Dial must be. Her home, overlooking the St. Lawrence River near...  Go to full article

Garden Bugs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about garden insects that can destroy or greatly reduce the yield potential of a number of garden vegetables. But they're not...  Go to full article

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