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Drones hunt down rare plants in Hawaii by going where people can’t – The Verge

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

There’s something inherently creepy and annoying about drones buzzing over our heads — a frequent backyard irritation in cities like New York. But it turns out, a drone’s spying abilities can be useful: an uncrewed drone discovered a super-rare plant on a steep cliff on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi. The discovery wowed botanists — and shows how technology can help conservationists in their fight against extinction. “We were really…

Father, son bound by love of gardening – Charleston Post Courier

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

If a love of gardening and plants can be inherited, I inherited mine from my father. He was a gardener his entire life. Each year my father was in charge of the family vegetable garden. We started with peas (green), lettuce and radishes, followed by carrots, red beets, onion sets and cabbage transplants. Then we seeded rows of green beans and sweet corn and hills of…

Master Gardeners offer fall gardening class | General | hpj.com – High Plains Journal

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Cleveland County Master Gardener Association will be having a free fall gardening class in addition to regular tours July 22 at 10 a.m. It may seem early, but it is time to think about another round of vegetable planting. Fall is a great time to grow veggies in Oklahoma. The class will be held in Room “C,” then move to our Demonstration and Teaching Garden,…

RIDEOUT: Weed control in the vegetable garden – The Gleaner

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

Andy Rideout(Photo: Submitted photo) It’s a widely known fact that weeds are unsightly, troublesome plants. In lawns, they disrupt the lush, green, carpet effect we work to achieve. Even worse are the weeds that invade vegetable gardens where they reduce yields and quality of produce. Weeds compete for available moisture, nutrients, sunlight, and growing space.  They also serve as cover for insects, alternate hosts for diseases, and hiding places for rodents…

Gardening Q & A: What’s the dirt on potting soil? It’s getting complicated. – Virginian-Pilot

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

Recently, on a rainy day, I found myself snooping around the hard goods section of a local garden center. I was astounded by the number of “potting mixes” that were available for sale. I counted 10 or so. And in one big-box retailer just down the street, I counted 18 different ones. Years ago, you’d be lucky to find two or three options. I find this about as difficult as…

Flower power: gardening as therapy in Poland – CTV News

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

An elderly woman leans over to smell a lush flowerbed of lavender in sprawling gardens surrounding an imposing early 20th-century palace in a pastoral corner of eastern Poland. Slowly a smile lights up her face, erasing her previous stony expression — she suffers from paranoid schizophrenia which often renders her emotionless. The sudden burst of happiness is one of the benefits of horticultural, or garden therapy, as it is better…

Drones hunt down rare plants in Hawaii by going where people can’t – The Verge

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

There’s something inherently creepy and annoying about drones buzzing over our heads — a frequent backyard irritation in cities like New York. But it turns out, a drone’s spying abilities can be useful: an uncrewed drone discovered a super-rare plant on a steep cliff on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi. The discovery wowed botanists — and shows how technology can help conservationists in their fight against extinction. “We were really…

Bondurant Garden Center Suffers Extensive Hail Damage, Repairs Not Covered by Insurance – whotv.com

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

BONDURANT, Iowa  —  Many Iowans are cleaning up the damage from recent storms around the state. While most can rely on insurance for help, a decades-old business is facing a large repair bill. For 48 years, Lucille Vannoy has offered plants and flowers from her garden center in Bondurant, but hail left extensive damage to her greenhouse on Thursday night. “About 11, 11:10, the storm came up and it hailed like a son of…

Clubs beautify community during National Garden Week – Statesboro Herald

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

    An often quoted saying, “bloom where you’re planted,” extols a timely message, but perhaps the adage could add an additional thought: “Once you’ve blossomed, use your beauty to bless others.”     The five area clubs making up the Bulloch Council of Garden Clubs recently took blooms and blossoms and foliage they’ve planted and nurtured for months and turned them into stunning works of art. Members of the…

Me and my garden: ‘The towering silver fir was planted in the 19th century’ – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

Walking among the poppies in midsummer is simply magical: they start out life as dark purple and turn into the most beautiful blue. Swathes of them open at around the same time as the handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata), so the effect is wonderful. My mother-in-law, Sylvia McCosh, was a great plantswoman; she introduced the Dalemain poppy (Meconopsis ‘Dalemain’) to the low gardens. The garden my husband, Robert, and I inherited…

Drones hunt down rare plants in Hawaii by going where people can’t – The Verge

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

There’s something inherently creepy and annoying about drones buzzing over our heads — a frequent backyard irritation in cities like New York. But it turns out, a drone’s spying abilities can be useful: an uncrewed drone discovered a super-rare plant on a steep cliff on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi. The discovery wowed botanists — and shows how technology can help conservationists in their fight against extinction. “We were really…

Me and my garden: ‘The towering silver fir was planted in the 19th century’ – The Guardian

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

Walking among the poppies in midsummer is simply magical: they start out life as dark purple and turn into the most beautiful blue. Swathes of them open at around the same time as the handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata), so the effect is wonderful. My mother-in-law, Sylvia McCosh, was a great plantswoman; she introduced the Dalemain poppy (Meconopsis ‘Dalemain’) to the low gardens. The garden my husband, Robert, and I inherited…

Getting started with gardening – Clearfield Progress

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

If you haven’t had a vegetable garden before, getting started isn’t difficult. Here’s advice from Allegria and Davina Ngeno, Alison Branz, Carolyn Hansen, Michelle Rush, Angie McLaughlin, Erin Kennedy, Dave Berry, Mollie Ward, Mercy Davison and Jay Tetzloff: Get advice from gardeners you know, walk to one of the community gardens and ask to speak with a gardener, call the University of Illinois Extension at 309-663-8306…

Master Gardeners offer fall gardening class – High Plains Journal

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Cleveland County Master Gardener Association will be having a free fall gardening class in addition to regular tours July 22 at 10 a.m. It may seem early, but it is time to think about another round of vegetable planting. Fall is a great time to grow veggies in Oklahoma. The class will be held in Room “C,” then move to our Demonstration and Teaching Garden,…

Gardening Q & A: What’s the dirt on potting soil? It’s getting complicated. – Virginian-Pilot

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

Recently, on a rainy day, I found myself snooping around the hard goods section of a local garden center. I was astounded by the number of “potting mixes” that were available for sale. I counted 10 or so. And in one big-box retailer just down the street, I counted 18 different ones. Years ago, you’d be lucky to find two or three options. I find this about as difficult as…

Ergonomic tools help the senior gardener keep producing – Bucks County Courier Times

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

As we get older gardening for aging adults can become more challenging. As Americans age they don’t want to give up their daily activities, especially gardening. Studies show there are many long term benefits, physically and mentally as a result of doing daily activities in the yard. Gardening is an easy and enjoyable way for the elderly to enjoy their leisure time. It promotes a more…

Me and my garden: ‘The towering silver fir was planted in the 19th century’ – The Guardian

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

Walking among the poppies in midsummer is simply magical: they start out life as dark purple and turn into the most beautiful blue. Swathes of them open at around the same time as the handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata), so the effect is wonderful. My mother-in-law, Sylvia McCosh, was a great plantswoman; she introduced the Dalemain poppy (Meconopsis ‘Dalemain’) to the low gardens. The garden my husband, Robert, and I inherited…

How to reap the greatest rewards from your vegetable garden – Kansas City Star

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

Growing vegetables can be rewarding. No matter how big or small, a vegetable garden provides fresh, nutritious and flavorful food, and harvesting your bounty is one of life’s simple pleasures. Vegetable gardening can be even more rewarding when there are abundant crops to harvest. These simple tips will help your garden not only survive but thrive during our unpredictable Kansas City summers. ▪ Water evenly: While ample rain has fallen the…

Solar power forecast to shut down coal plants faster than expected – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Saturday, June 17, 2017

Solar power, once so costly it made economic sense only in spaceships, is becoming cheap enough that it will push coal and even natural-gas plants out of business faster than previously forecast. That’s the conclusion of a Bloomberg New Energy Finance outlook for how fuel and electricity markets will evolve by 2040. The research group estimated solar already rivals the cost of new coal power plants in Germany and the…

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