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Help For Home Gardeners

Nationwide, local extension agents offer soil testing and instruction in organic methods, making rain barrels, choosing native plants and a host of low-cost and no-cost services.

Crops in the City

Entrepreneurial innovators are tapping into new technologies and markets to grow fresh, healthy food within cities, turning so-called ‘mean streets’ into ‘green streets.’

Plants Talk

Plants may not be raising an audible ruckus, but scientists are finding they communicate silently with each other through smells, hearing and underground networks.

Native Intelligence

Native plants need less water, fewer chemicals and live longer than exotics and cultivars, supporting birds, bees, butterflies, wildlife and a healthy ecosystem.

Herbs that Beat the Heat

Fragrant herbs that thrive in scorching days often come to us from South America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Eco Yards

In all climates and terrains, native plants offer more attractive, lower maintenance, planet-friendly alternatives to monoculture turf lawns.

Soil Sisters

Women driving tractors are surging in number, and they are bringing a fresh sensibility to farming by focusing on organic produce and sustainable practices.

Greenhouse Magic

DIY greenhouses are sprouting across the country, spreading the fun and yummy rewards of gardening into unlikely seasons.

Home-Grown Organic Made Easy

By planning ahead on seeds, containers, mulch and more we can both grow an abundant garden and relish time for summer fun.

A Practical Guide to Composting

Always wanted to compost but unsure how? Here’s a guide to convenient choices that will make it easy to turn kitchen waste into garden gold.
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