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Garden Guru: Keep garden fertility in balance
Photo courtesy of BENEATH THE RED HAT
Garden Guru: Keep garden fertility in balance

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Here in the middle of the growing season, most plants have been chugging along long enough to show wear and tear and the ravages of their advanced ages.

Bug holes are worn like badges of honor in...

Garden Guru: Keep garden fertility in balance
Garden Guru: Keep garden fertility in balance

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Here in the middle of the growing season, most plants have been chugging along long enough to show wear and tear and the ravages of their advanced ages.

Bug holes are worn like badges of honor in...

Something new is sprouting in Charleston’s West Side
Something new is sprouting in Charleston’s West Side

One of the most heartbreaking things Tom Toliver says he’s ever seen — in the alleys of Charleston, on multiple occasions — is families with young children searching for food out of dumpsters.

“Nothing hurts me any...

Garden Guru: Pesticides can be safely used in the garden
Garden Guru: Pesticides can be safely used in the garden

While gardeners seem to shrivel up and shrink away from garden duties during the heat and humidity of summer, the garden thrives as the heat and moisture ramp up all the plant processes necessary for growth, flowering, and fruiting.

But the...

Garden Guru: Escape summer by thinking fall
Garden Guru: Escape summer by thinking fall

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It seems as though the sweltering heat of summer has come early to suppress us all in a lazy, hazy fog.

I know I certainly avoid being outside as much as I can when the thermometer tops 90 degrees. ...

Garden Guru: Gooseberries, currants — forbidden fruits?
Garden Guru: Gooseberries, currants — forbidden fruits?

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — People of a certain age may have fond memories of puckering up after eating a tart gooseberry, freshly harvested from the bush.

These days, gooseberries are a rarity, thanks to some restrictions...

Pest management clinic offered in Clay County

CLAY, W.Va. — WVU Extension Service is organizing a pest identification and management clinic at Valley Fork Education Center from 1 to 4 p.m. June 25.

Insect pest, disease, weed and horticulture experts will...

Garden Guru: Plan ahead to preserve the harvest
Garden Guru: Plan ahead to preserve the harvest

By John Porter

Eating fresh produce from the garden is truly one of the pleasures of the season. Fresh salads, tomatoes, peppers and onions highlight the summer table. I can still remember the first big Sunday dinner of the summer at my...

Garden Guru: Pollinators play important ecosystem role
Garden Guru: Pollinators play important ecosystem role

By John Porter

Let’s take a moment to talk about the birds and the bees.

You heard right — the birds and the bees. Now before you get your head too far into the gutter, let me clarify. We are literally talking about birds and ...

Lewisburg Home and Garden Tour is an invitation to enjoy the town’s way of life
Lewisburg Home and Garden Tour is an invitation to enjoy the town’s way of life

If touring historical and contemporary homes, viewing long-range vistas from a mountaintop, swinging on a gazebo porch swing and walking through garden arbors sounds like a pleasant way to spend a Saturday, the small town of Lewisburg may be your...

Garden Guru: Controlling weedy foes in the garden

By John Porter

Weeds seem to occupy the minds of gardeners for a great deal of the growing season.

There are weeds in the landscape, weeds in the vegetable garden, weeds in the lawns … weeds, weeds and more weeds.

Some people...

Garden Guru: Be water-wise in case of dry summer sky
Garden Guru: Be water-wise in case of dry summer sky

This year, I’ve had the opportunity to do some traveling.

It turns out, though, that all of the wonderful places that I have visited have had one thing in common: drought.

Earlier this year I traveled twice to California, and just...

Garden Guru: Over-pruning does lots of damage to trees
Garden Guru: Over-pruning does lots of damage to trees

For the Sunday Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As I drive through Charleston and other places, I can’t help but notice a plague affecting many of the trees in lawns and landscapes. This plague isn’t spoken about much, but...

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