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Garden Guru: Extending the garden season
Garden Guru: Extending the garden season

Even though the temperature may be quickly dropping, even as the fall colors illuminate the mountains, and even as chrysanthemums pop up on front porches and in gardens, there’s still plenty of life left in the vegetable. To keep your garden...

Garden Guru: Extending the garden season
Garden Guru: Extending the garden season

Even though the temperature may be quickly dropping, even as the fall colors illuminate the mountains, and even as chrysanthemums pop up on front porches and in gardens, there’s still plenty of life left in the vegetable. To keep your garden...

Garden Guru: The difference is night and day
Garden Guru: The difference is night and day

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Autumn creeps slowly into the mountain valleys of West Virginia.

Cool, crisp evenings signal the end of summer and our gradual march toward winter. Colors slowly appear, then radiate, in the trees...

Garden Guru: What type of grass is best?
Garden Guru: What type of grass is best?

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — September means cool evenings, colorful trees, football and shorter days. September also means that it is the best time to take care of your lawn or establish a new one.

Many of the questions I...

Garden Guru: Tropical oasis created in W.Va.
Garden Guru: Tropical oasis created in W.Va.

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — About a month or so ago, I took a call from a guy named Johnny Carter, wanting me to come see his garden. He insisted that his backyard garden would be interesting enough to feature in my newspaper...

Garden columnist flourishes in national competition
Garden columnist flourishes in national competition

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If area gardeners and growers had to select the single best column by Garden Guru and West Virginia University Extension Agent John Porter, it would no doubt be a tough call.

Porter himself had a difficult decision,...

Garden Guru: What weeds are telling you
Garden Guru: What weeds are telling you

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sometimes it seems like there is just this one weed that has to ruin everything.

It grows out of control, ruining the aesthetic of your lawn, landscape or garden. It outcompetes the things you...

Garden Guru: Plant health requires keeping things in balance

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Those who have taken my classes or who read this column often will know that I can get pretty insistent and preachy on performing regular soil testing for your lawn and garden.

The reason that I...

Garden Guru: Fairs are about improving produce
Garden Guru: Fairs are about improving produce

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Every August, thousands of visitors descend upon the small, yet cool, town of Lewisburg for the State Fair of West Virginia (OK, technically the fair is in Fairlea, but close enough). Aromas of fair...

Garden Guru: Sex and the single squash
Garden Guru: Sex and the single squash

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In the 1960s, author and future Cosmopolitan magazine Editor Helen Gurley Brown scandalized the country with her book about independent single women called “Sex and the Single Girl....

Garden Guru: Garden miracles or garden myths?
Garden Guru: Garden miracles or garden myths?

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — You can believe everything you see on the Internet, right? You can take for gospel every Facebook post, Tweet, Pinterest pin and Instagram photo, correct?

It seems like many people get their...

Garden Guru: Plant palace is an easy visit
Garden Guru: Plant palace is an easy visit

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This time of year is always busy for me. During the middle of July, I find myself hopping around the country attending conferences.

This year it just so happens that this past week I found myself...

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...

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