Mon May 20, 2013
Around the Nation

Growing Vegetables From Seeds Takes Root For Many Gardeners

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 3:20 pm



It's planting season, at least for those growing things like summer squash, beans and cherry tomatoes. And we're seeing a change. Rather than buy already developed seedlings, which are more expensive, many gardeners are buying seed packets. It's a sign they want to start their gardens from scratch. And seed companies say they've seen an increase in orders since the economic downturn.

Reporter Sasa Woodruff reports that it's easy to read the directions on these seed envelopes, the hard part is following them.

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Sat May 18, 2013
Garden Report

Dandelions: Friend Or Foe?

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It's that time of year again and those little yellow flowers are starting to pop up in gardens across the state.

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Sun May 12, 2013
The Salt

Is It Safe To Use Compost Made From Treated Human Waste?

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 9:46 am

Any gardener will tell you that compost is "black gold," essential to cultivating vigorous, flavorful crops. But it always feels like there's never enough, and its weight and bulk make it tough stuff to cart around.

I belong to a community garden in Washington, D.C., that can't get its hands on enough compost. So you can imagine my delight when I learned that the U.S. Composting Council was connecting community gardeners with free material from local facilities through its Million Tomato Compost Campaign.

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Sat May 11, 2013
Garden Report

Understanding The 7 Principles Of Xeriscape

Patio and ground cover
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We all enjoy landscapes that look nice and are also easy and inexpensive to maintain. By applying principles of Xeriscape to your yard, you can have both.

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Sat May 4, 2013
Garden Report

Lilacs The Early Bloomers

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All the snow we’ve had recently may make it hard to believe that many plants should be in bloom right now.

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