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Garden Guru: Fruits for small spaces
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Garden Guru: Fruits for small spaces

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Many gardeners with small garden spaces, or no garden spaces at all, endeavor to grow food in small plots or containers. These gardeners usually stick with tried and true vegetables they can easily grow...

Garden Guru: Fruits for small spaces
Garden Guru: Fruits for small spaces

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Many gardeners with small garden spaces, or no garden spaces at all, endeavor to grow food in small plots or containers. These gardeners usually stick with tried and true vegetables they can easily grow...

Farmer spreads cultivation of ramps to the world
Farmer spreads cultivation of ramps to the world

RICHWOOD, W.Va. — You could say Glen Facemire was destined to be a ramp farmer, given his lifelong connection with the wild leek.

“I asked my dad how long I had been fooling with ramps, and he...

Garden Guru: Dubious online garden tips
Garden Guru: Dubious online garden tips

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Social media have made it easy to share information the world around. It has made it easy for people to connect and interact more than humans ever have before.

Gardening is a common theme on...

Garden Guru: Pretty, problematic plants
Garden Guru: Pretty, problematic plants

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In the garden, there are good guys and there are bad guys. Most often we think of bad guys as weeds, diseases and insects. These are truly bad guys. But there are other bad guys. Bad guys that find their ...

Garden Guru: Taking a lichen to each other
Garden Guru: Taking a lichen to each other

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On a trip this past week to Seattle, I was able to get out and explore some of the area’s natural plant life. Because it is wedged between the ocean and a mountain range, the climate is mild and...

Garden Guru: Don’t fall for garden store gimmicks
Garden Guru: Don’t fall for garden store gimmicks

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sometimes it takes me a while to come up with an idea for my weekly article. Sometimes inspiration strikes at the weirdest of times and the column just writes itself.

This week, the latter is the...

Author Doug Tallamy to address Kanawha Garden Club
Author Doug Tallamy to address Kanawha Garden Club

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Since its publication in 2007, Dr. Doug Tallamy’s book “Bringing Nature Home” has worked to shift the ideals of gardening, challenging gardeners and homeowners across the country to take the war on...

Garden Guru: Why should you start seeds?
Garden Guru: Why should you start seeds?

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gardeners are champing at the bit to get their hands dirty after a long and dreary winter, though it is still a little early to plant most things outside.

If you are itching to get a head start and ...

Garden Guru: Give peas a chance
Garden Guru: Give peas a chance

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Peas just don’t get any respect. They may, in fact, be the Rodney Dangerfield of the garden.

Sugar snaps and snow peas do seem to rank well, but few people grow them, or at least grow them successfully. Even...

Garden Guru: Help your plants survive the bitter cold of winter
Garden Guru: Help your plants survive the bitter cold of winter

The bitter winter air smacks you in the face as you quickly move about your business. Piles of snow, now more gritty and dirty than freshly fallen, still cover the landscape.

Mother Nature has held us in her icy grip, lashing out with a force...

Garden Guru: Houseplants fight cabin fever
Garden Guru: Houseplants fight cabin fever

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While I may concentrate most of my gardening in the realm of edible plants, I do dabble a bit in houseplants.

It turns out that houseplants are something that can keep a gardener from going bonkers ...

Garden Guru: A 19th-century garden hero
Garden Guru: A 19th-century garden hero

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Every generation has its public scientific figures — the thinkers, tinkerers and discoverers.

These days, the public face of science can be found in the likes of Neil deGrasse Tyson or...

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