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Garden Guru: Taking a lichen to each other
Photo by JOHN PORTER
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: 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...

Garden Guru: The zones they are a-changin’ (again)
Garden Guru: The zones they are a-changin’ (again)

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Pick up any garden catalog and you’ll see a map of plant hardiness zones that are supposed to tell gardeners what they can and cannot reasonably expect to grow in their climate.

The zones...

Garden Guru: Plan a year of garden success
Garden Guru: Plan a year of garden success

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While the frigid cold of winter may have you dreaming of tropical locations, sandy beaches and fruity drinks with little umbrellas, one way to warm up is to brew yourself a nice cup of tea, coffee or hot ...

Garden Guru: Small gardens are big business
Garden Guru: Small gardens are big business

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If you have been to a garden center or home decor store lately, you’ve likely seen an increase in the popularity of small garden containers and plants.

At garden centers, you’ll find...

Farmers market grows food in winter
Farmers market grows food in winter

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The first thing you notice when the door swings open to the high tunnel greenhouse at Adelard Produce, on Madison Avenue in Huntington, is the scent of the wet earth. Once you step inside,...

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