OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A northern Nebraska tomato-growing and packing plant accused of hiring people living in the country illegally has been fined $400,000.
BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — The traditional Memorial Day ceremony at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery has been canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, and a video tribute will be shared on...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For more than a century, New Orleans has depended on canals and pumps to get rid of stormwater in a city where about half the land is below sea level.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A stolen baby goat was returned home to its community garden in Baltimore late Tuesday night, police said.
Baltimore police were notified just before 10 p.m. that the young...
Imagine if all the back and front yards — and even patio container plants — across the country were seen as one magnificent patchwork quilt, a ``Homegrown National Park.” Home gardeners would join...
LONDON (AP) — The sound of crisply struck golf balls could be heard in England for the first time in nearly two months as courses reopened Wednesday, part of a modest easing of coronavirus...
Since the coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in interest in gardening, especially vegetable gardening, some seed companies are having trouble keeping up with demand. But one thing we...
PHOENIX (AP) — More people in in Arizona are being bit rattlesnakes as the weather heats up, and researchers are warning not just hikers but anyone who spends time outdoors to be on the lookout....
With sports still largely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and coaches have been looking for ways to pass all that unexpected free time.
Even before the coronavirus crisis sparked renewed interest in vegetable gardens and victory gardens, there’s been a movement toward more traditional gardening aesthetics.
FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine and Maine Audubon are working together to help residents of the state use native plants to benefit wildlife.
GRAY, Maine (AP) — A fox that was attacking a Maine woman quickly found its goose was cooked when she wrestled into a pot meant for scalding chickens.
During World War I, posters proclaiming “Food will win the war” encouraged Americans to grow victory gardens. A century later, home gardeners are returning to that idea in the fight against a...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Lansing-area food bank has postponed opening 19 community gardens because of concerns that residents using them or sharing gardening tools could spread or contract the...
Traditionally, growing your own herbs and veggies was reserved for those with the luxury of outdoor space and abundant light.
Now there are a number of new, high-tech indoor gardening...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dig. Plant. Breathe.
As spring's arrival in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with government stay-at-home orders, the itch to get outside has turned backyard...
“Re-wilding” is the trend toward diversifying traditional lawns by putting in native plants that flower and fruit, boosting wildlife populations. It returns more control of the home landscape to...
``Sustainable” is one of gardening’s trendiest buzzwords, yet it carries a range of definitions. Just what does it mean in practical terms, and how important is it to the average gardener?...
Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant trends study by horticulturalists with the University of...
Another growing season is building momentum with the arrival of the 2020 seed catalogs, and gardeners are drafting plans for new harvests. There’s such a thing as being too enthusiastic, though,...
The outdoor growing season is over in most of the U.S., and it's time to pause and take stock. Review those gardening impressions that delighted you as well as those that disappointed. Apply what...
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city's police department says it collected 42 firearms during a weekend gun buyback event.
The Hour reports the unloaded guns were signed over to the...
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — An 84-year-old Connecticut woman has received medical treatment after being bitten by a raccoon.
Hamden Police said Tuesday the unnamed woman's daughter contacted them...
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida gardening crusader has died after a lengthy legal battle that led to a new state law allowing people to grow vegetables in their front yards without fear...
Pruning is one of the most fundamental tasks in gardening, and knowing when to trim is as essential as knowing how.
Pruning woody plants at the wrong time can interrupt bloom cycles and...
Plant lovers have long gotten together to trade seeds and growing advice, and the latest generation is following suit with modern plant swaps.
Yellowjackets play a supportive role in gardening but can be dangerous around families and pets. People sensitive to bee venom should be especially careful from August through October, when...
Hopefully, I've caught you in time, before your weeds have grown lusty. I want you to consider the much maligned hoe.
Wait! Don't stop reading. I know hoeing is the activity that (perhaps...
WAVERLY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman who was bitten by a rattlesnake while gardening has died.
News outlets report 62-yaer-old Priscilla Meridith was bitten last month and suffered an...
The cemeteries of yore existed as much for the living as for the dead. People would picnic and relax there as they would in a park today.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Chellie Doonan hopes that working in the garden during the coming weeks while going through treatment at DCCCA First Step at Lake View, a residential drug treatment facility...
COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) — Another legal fight has erupted in a long-running dispute over the fate of the late, famed herbalist Adelma Grenier Simmons' farm in Connecticut.
Peter Sarsgaard’s gardening obsession
CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey dentist who created a racy Easter display is vowing to put it back up after a female neighbor used gardening shears to damage it.
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Three local high school students have teamed up with a nonprofit organization to provide a way for children to try their hand at a fun, useful activity.
My gardening season begins on my garage floor. Here I mix potting soil that will nourish this season's seedlings and replace worn-out soil around the roots of houseplants.
Why make potting soil?
Why bake bread?
There's really no special magic in good potting soil.
The three basic ingredients in my mix are garden soil, mineral aggregate and organic matter. Used alone, garden soil is too dense for containers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After a hard day's work, few of us want to come home and spend our leisure hours consumed in the same labor.
COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) — Since the death of famed herbalist Adelma Grenier Simmons, her Connecticut farm that once drew visitors by the busload has fallen into disrepair, with green tarps covering parts of the roof on the 18th century house and the perennial gardens overgrown.
Her estate faults her widower, Edward Cook, who is now fighting a judge's order to vacate the farm in Coventry.
"I think it's a tragedy," said Cook, an 81-year-old science professor who denies the allegations against him.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — To Charlie Kwick, hosta gardening was always just hobby — something the 78-year-old decided to take up in his retirement along with golf and making jam.
But during the last decade, as the Eau Claire resident has gradually filled up his south side front yard with hostas, most of which of his own creation through hybridizing, it's becoming clear Kwick's passion for the shade-tolerant foliage plants isn't just another hobby. It's a talent.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County juvenile probation officials hope vegetables and other plants won't be the only things growing around the raised-bed gardens at the county Juvenile Probation Facility.
I take a four-pronged approach to keeping my vegetable and flower gardens free of weed problems, and suggest you try it.
First, keep dormant weed seeds asleep by not tilling or otherwise churning the soil. (All soils contain many weed seeds that lie dormant until they are exposed to light, which happens when soils are tilled.)
Second, avoid soil compaction by using beds and paths, or stepping stones, to make permanent areas for planting and for walking.
There's no need for gardeners to go dormant along with their landscape when cold weather arrives. Arranging plants in small dishes and pots can be an enjoyable indoor alternative at the end of the summer growing season.
"By creating a dish garden, you are in fact creating a miniature landscape," said Dawn Pettinelli, an Extension educator with the University of Connecticut. "It can be as plain or as frivolous as one desires."
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut community's initiative is turning guns into gardening tools to promote nonviolence.
STUART, Fla. (AP) — Being in touch with nature is one thing. But gardening au naturel is quite another for some neighbors of a Florida man who's been doing yard work in the nude.
The miffed residents tell news outlets they've called the Martin County Sheriff's Office, but the man continues to do yard work naked.
FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — Jan Lutz started gardening 23 years ago after her husband, George, died.
"Moving things around, getting my hands in that dirt. It is wonderful therapy," the Fremont woman said.
On Aug. 28, Lutz was in a garden, but not the one at her house.
HANCOCK, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 200 college students in the Upper Peninsula have been serving their community before hitting the books.
Students from Michigan Technological University in Houghton visited schools Monday for yard work, gardening, window washing and more. It wasn't hard to find jobs: Local school leaders offered plenty of chores.
George Stockero, superintendent of the Copper Country Intermediate District, replied by saying, "We'd be happy to have you."
In its century of existence, the Cooperative Extension System has been a valuable resource distributing university-driven, science-based information — mostly about farming and gardening — to the public. But in today's less agricultural America, the Extension network is adapting, expanding its rural focus into cities and suburbs too.
CONTRADA PETRARO, Sicily (AP) — They come in the middle of the night and are gone by morning. But without fail, they leave their calling cards: Pronged footprints and gashes in the ground where they've dug with natural abandon.
This nocturnal troublemaker in mountainous northern Sicily is the "cinghiale," the wild pig, a bane to those who tend a garden.
Some facts about monarch butterflies and the milkweed plants they need to survive:
—The migratory monarch population that overwinters in central Mexico from eastern Canada and the U.S. declined 84 percent between 1997 and 2014. A similar decline was observed for the smaller population of migrating Western monarchs that winter in California.
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — For generations, North American farmers have despised milkweed and done their best to rid their lands of it. "I hate to have milkweed in my strawberry field," Nathalie Leonard says from her farm by the Quebec village of Lac-du-Cerf.
So why does she have 60 acres of milkweed growing on purpose? It's for the sake of butterflies — the iconic monarchs. And for a chance to turn milkweed into profit.