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‘Show Bees Some Love’ campaign sends stinger Valentine’s to Home Depot and Lowe’s

February 14th, 2014

A coalition of environmental groups that asked followers to send Valentines to Lowes and Home Depot on behalf of honey bees, felt the love this week as thousands participated. The campaign asks the stores to stop selling pesticides that are killing the pollinators. Find out how you can participate.

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Heirloom vegetables and herbs: Why you’ll grow to love them

January 8th, 2014

How do gardeners get through the deep, snooze-inducing winter? They salivate over seed catalogs and plat their future plots. Increasingly, that involves seeking out the rare heirloom seeds that can produce all many of vegetables, fruits and herbs that have vanished from modern supermarkets.

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What you need to know about seeds

June 14th, 2013

Eventually every gardener realizes they may want to save some seeds, or experiment with growing red carrots or purple tomatoes. Here are some resources for picky seed consumers.

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Thomas Jefferson’s garden still thrives

September 15th, 2010

In addition to writing the Declaration of Independence and being a U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson was also an innovative gardener:

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Let’s talk dirt: Organic additions, sweat can enrich the hardest soil

July 21st, 2010

By Harriet Blake Green Right Now Count yourself lucky if you live in a part of the country that has rich organic soil. Dirt in the Midwest and Mid Atlantic states tends to be easy to work with, while soil in warmer, drier Southwestern states requires some help. However, even if you live in an area with hard-to-work clay [...]

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Get a greener green thumb with eco-garden accessories and tools

April 7th, 2010

Those tomatoes are looking good. Your compost is top-notch, you’ve added extra manure for a nitrogen boost and the aphids have been blasted away with a strong spray of water. The grass-clipping mulch has smothered any weeds, and there are no spotted leaves or blossom-end rot to be seen.

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Finding local food can be cruciferous, get help with the NRDC local food finder

May 21st, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

We all need to start eating closer to home, and with all due respect, I don’t mean down at the corner KFC.

I’m talking about finding fresh, locally grown produce for home cooking. Do we even need to list the reasons? Buying local food cuts down on polluting “food miles”, bypasses refrigeration trucks, supports local farmers and puts nutrient-rich foods on our plates.

But unless you grow a lot of your own food, how can you distinguish what came from your friendly local farmer in Illinois (or Texas or California) from what came from a rain forest-encroaching big-Ag operation 2,000 miles away?

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More about the veggie garden, and the Clampetts

April 30th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

It’s been brought to my attention that my earlier references to the Clampetts ages me terribly and may be sailing over the heads of some of our younger readers.

Apparently, the person flagging this didn’t realize that I’ve seen the Beverly Hillbillies ONLY on TVLand in recent reruns and never in person in real time (during the 1960s and 70s, God forbid).

Of course, I failed to watch TV in the 1980s, and I only remember two shows from the 1990s, which are rather a blur. Those would be Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond. But no one had gardens on those shows. I mean, Jerry, gardening? Maybe if the garden were in his refrigerator. So we may be stuck with Jed, Jethro and Daisy May and Elly May. We’ll see.

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The roots of a garden phenomenon: Seed sales are booming

March 23rd, 2009

By Melissa Segrest
Green Right Now

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible

– Welsh proverb

The recession-fueled increase in home gardening of vegetables, herbs, fruit and berries is creating another boom: seed sales.

Seven million more households are planning to grow food for themselves this year than in 2008, a 19 percent increase, according to a recent National Gardening Association report. That’s a pretty © Atman | Dreamstime.comsignificant number, given the fact that 31 percent of all American households already garden for food. And it is likely that their 19 percent estimate is growing every day.

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The First Veggie Garden

March 20th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

You’ve probably heard that efforts to persuade the Obamas to turn over some turf to a veggie garden have been victorious: the first family will be planting a “Victory Garden” on the South Lawn.

Technically, it won’t be a “Victory” garden per se, but will be the first food-producing garden to grace the White House compound since Eleanor Roosevelt oversaw a real Victory Garden during WWII.

Still, it’s a victory for local foodies and specifically Eat the View, the prime perpetrator of this movement to turn back the grass and turn up the turnips, which is now asking folks to thank the Obamas via a form at their website.

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Top 10 reasons to shop at a farmer’s market

March 16th, 2009

By Christopher Peake
Green Right Now

It’s already mid-March and that means the snows will melt and if the ground’s not too saturated farmers will soon be planting seeds for the food that will feed us this year.

Since time immemorial farmer’s markets have been with us: farmers harvest, bakers bake, dairy farmers milk their cows and they all meet at a central location where there’s lots of foot traffic … and they sell. The common theme: the food is fresh.

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The revenge of the watermelon

March 6th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

It seems that the iconic American wide, grassy lawn, which has lately been encroached upon by rock beds and strips of native flowers designed to cut down on watering, is undergoing some more surgery. It is now giving up real estate to another pursuit: Homeowners are claiming portions of their lawns for produce production.

Landscapers have noted the emergence of these small scale agricultural endeavors, with a new survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) finding that about 20 percent of residential landscape architects report they are replacing part or all of traditional grass lawns with food/vegetable gardens.

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