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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.
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.
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.
The hardy and attractive native "snowball" hydrangea
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 to local soils, weather, and pests. They can make the garden easier, cheaper, and less toxic to maintain.  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

Look Up: Summer Tree Diseases

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about keeping trees healthy, and early summer diseases that can affect sycamore, maple, apple and pear trees.  Go to full article

Gardening from Cold & Wet to Hot & Dry

Martha Foley talks with horticulturalist Amy Ivy of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County about minding the garden as the weather changes.  Go to full article

Garden Tips: Summer Pruning

June is a good time to take care of some pruning. Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about summer pruning, from ash trees to grape vines.  Go to full article

Tomato Trellis Tips

Forget those cages and stakes, horticulturist Amy Ivy tells Martha Foley she uses a trellis system to keep some plants growing upright and off the ground.  Go to full article

Filling Up the Garden: When is Enough, Enough?

It's not too late to add a few more plants to the flower beds, especially to cover those bare spots. Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about finishing touches...  Go to full article

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