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8 quirks of farmers market foods

Life’s peachy when you live near a good farmers market. Seeing foods you don’t often encounter at the grocery store — purple cauliflower, yellow watermelon, Brussels sprouts still on the stalk — is one of the best parts. But even…

Front-yard veggie gardeners declare victory

[embedded content] In a win for gardeners everywhere, a Florida couple who battled the state for six years is enjoying the right to replant a vegetable garden that had brought them joy for years. Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts of…

Beware of yellow jacket nests the size of cars

Most of us know what to do when we spot a giant nest of angry stinging insects. Running is good; inserting a stick to see if anyone’s home is bad. But a warning about the rise of yellow jacket super…

Urban food forest takes root in Atlanta

Cities are often plagued by areas known as food deserts. These are neighborhoods — typically low-income — where residents don’t have access to fresh, healthy foods like whole grains, fresh produce, low-fat dairy and other nutrition-packed selections. They might be…

How to make cut flowers last longer

Isn’t getting flowers wonderful? That is, until you have to clean out the moldy, smelly vase a week later. What’s even worse is when you bring home flowers on Friday that are dead by Monday morning. Fear not, flower lovers….

Spectacular U.K. island seeks rugged gardener

Standing on the coast of Cornwall, it’s impossible to miss St. Michael’s Mount. The island lies about a third of a mile off the U.K. coast, a jagged jewel of stone rising from the sea — and crowned not only…

Minnesota will pay homeowners to make their lawns bee-friendly

Homeowners in Minnesota can benefit financially if they forgo the grass and instead grow a lawn for bees. State lawmakers have approved a new spending program that would set aside $900,000 annually to pay homeowners who replace traditional lawns with…

Neonicotinoids: What gardeners need to know

There has been a lot of buzz in recent years about a group of chemicals known as “neonicotinoids.” These pesticides affect the central nervous systems of insects, and are a suspected link to colony collapse disorder in domesticated honeybees as…

London borough plants a 'bee corridor'

To make life easier on bees, a borough of London is building a bee corridor. Brent Council will plant a 7-mile (11-kilometer) corridor that will encompass 22 wildflower meadows in many of the borough’s parks and open spaces. Wildlife corridors…

What is companion planting?

It takes more than sunlight, water and good soil to make plants happy and healthy. Many of them like the company of other plants to grow and thrive. Just like some plants ward off unwanted insects, there are specific plants…