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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.

Seedlings: Treat Those Young Plants Right

Gardeners across the North Country are sowing the seeds of their summer harvest. They're also putting in tomatoes and other tender transplants. Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy for some last minute tips.  Go to full article

A Gardener's Guide to Frost

If you garden in the North Country, you've got a personal relationship with frost. It marks the beginning and the end of the season, but there are ways around those deadlines. Martha Foley talks with Phil Harnden, founder of the North Country Garden School, advocate of Garden Share, and author of a new book: A Gardener's Guide to Frost.  Go to full article

Study: Lawn Chemicals Killing Birds

Lawn pesticides are killing a lot more than grubs and weeds, according to the National Audubon Society. They want to let people know that if they use the chemicals, they are unintentionally killing birds. And they're possibly putting their families at the same risk. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Joyce Kryszak has more on the educational campaign.  Go to full article

Planting Trees Properly

It's not too late to plant trees, if you know how. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on how to get young trees off to a good start.  Go to full article

Garden Design: What and Where to Plant

There's still time to design your vegetable garden this spring. Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about how to prepare a garden map, save space and minimize...  Go to full article

Dividing Perennials: Tools and Techniques

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about dividing perennials, a common maintenance chore in the flower garden this time of year.  Go to full article

Spring Cleaning in the Garden

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about digging in the dirt and the best tools for getting rid of weeds.  Go to full article

"Woodsy" Wildflowers: Among the first Blossoms of Spring

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about the dos and don'ts of growing wildflowers in the garden, from Spring Beauty to Lady Slippers.  Go to full article

Gardeners, On Your Mark!

Okay, there's still snow on the ground in some parts of our region, but last weekend's sunshine and mild temperatures drew some of us out into the garden. Martha Foley talks...  Go to full article

April Snow and Cold: What's a Gardener to do?

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about some early April gardening chores, despite the snow and cold: spring pruning.  Go to full article

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