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“Preserving the native plants, trees and grasses of this region provides a healthy habitat for native animals, birds, insects and fish to thrive,” Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker said. Read more

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Gardeners need a good sense of humor. It’s a prerequisite for planting and harvesting. My family’s garden shortcomings emphasize this need. No matter how well intended, “things” were always popping up to foil the best of intentions. Read more

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How much of what we do as adults is the result of how we were raised? I pondered that question as I worked in the yard recently. My maternal grandmother and my mother were the two most responsible for making me a lover of digging in the dirt. Read more

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The show includes yard art, outdoor furniture, tools, planters and other garden-themed merchandise. Read more

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When David Cooke started promoting a new program called Grow Appalachia to help people in Appalachian states and counties grow their own healthy produce, some residents were a bit skeptical. Read more

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The Art of Spinach Germination

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It's time to gear up for the fall growing season. Read more

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Phyllis Stiles

Growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, bee stings were a regular occurrence. Once stung, you knew the power of the bee, but for most of us, the pain and tears from a sting were a part of childhood. Read more

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Event honors North Carolina’s state reptile, the eastern box turtle. Read more

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Gardener's Corner

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Managing tomatoes for health and productivity Read more

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It’s art. It’s architecture. And it could be apples … or pears, or a variety of other fruit and ornamental trees. Read more

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It is probably safe to say Dad had a green thumb although frost, sub-freezing temperatures, insects, rabbits and other vermin would—from time to time—result in his thumb being somewhat off color. Read more

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You can add espalier to your own garden or landscape by planting a tree already trained by professionals, or you can try training one yourself. Read more

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Finding Fresh Crops Under Winter's Snow

Photo courtesy Carol Koury

I recall a neighbor who had carrots and other hardy crops deep into the winter. The question is, how do they do that? Read more

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Cover crops grow large amounts of biomass above ground. This protects the soil, suppresses weed growth, and provides a homegrown mulch that can be cut in place to decompose and enrich the soil. Read more

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Seed Saving

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There are whole books devoted to the art and practice of seed saving, but this will give you a brief summary for tomato seeds, which happens to be one of the easiest places to start. Read more

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Tomatoes

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What is wrong with my tomatoes? Tomatoes are the beautiful, delicious, iconic garden crop, but with so many things that could be wrong with your tomatoes, it’s a wonderfully, and worryingly, huge question. Read more

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There are many seeds that we start indoors so that we can nurture the seedlings and small plants in controlled conditions. Read more

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Chris Smith, the community coordinator of Sow True Seed, takes a look at what you can grow in the winter. Read more

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Purple Coneflower

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I hold the firm belief that while a natural green thumb can come in handy, it is the willingness to get dirty hands that is the superior characteristic of a successful gardener. Read more

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