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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: 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,...

Sidebar to Winter Farmers Markets article

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — “Let’s Cook Local With the Wild Ramp,” a series of cooking classes scheduled the third Tuesday of each month throughout 2015 at Huntington’s Kitchen, will...

Garden Guru: Urban ag is a growing trend
Garden Guru: Urban ag is a growing trend

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Honeybees by the hedges? Chickens by the carport? Goats in the garden?

It might be more common than you think.

One of the trends in gardening and agriculture I’ve seen over most of my...

Garden Guru: Gardening with a conscience
Garden Guru: Gardening with a conscience

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As we continue to look at trends in gardening, we see that there is a growing trend in approaching gardening in a more ethical, or conscientious, way.

The intent is not just to reduce environmental ...

Garden Guru: Gardeners trending younger
Garden Guru: Gardeners trending younger

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I’ve heard for many years that many of the skills our parents and grandparents grew up with — such as gardening, canning and crocheting — are dying arts, since the younger...

Garden Guru: Now trending in garden tending
Garden Guru: Now trending in garden tending

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As all of the din, excitement and exhaustion from Christmas winds down (though technically there are still several of the 12 days of Christmas left to go), we turn our attention to the next year....

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