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Garden Guru: Cranberries the size of quarters
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Garden Guru: Cranberries the size of quarters

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Cranberry salad … cranberry sauce … cranberry relish … cranberry juice … cranberry cocktails — aah, the holidays are upon us.

There are many ways to enjoy this...

Garden Guru: Cranberries the size of quarters
Garden Guru: Cranberries the size of quarters

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Cranberry salad … cranberry sauce … cranberry relish … cranberry juice … cranberry cocktails — aah, the holidays are upon us.

There are many ways to enjoy this...

Garden Guru: Thanksgiving flavors from ancient herbs
Garden Guru: Thanksgiving flavors from ancient herbs

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Family and friends are gathered ’round the table. The dog sits patiently below, waiting for a morsel dropped by accident or on purpose.

Platters and bowls fill the table, a reminder of the...

Garden Guru: Fall bulbs for a colorful spring
Garden Guru: Fall bulbs for a colorful spring

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The mercury (or red-dyed alcohol) creeps farther down the thermometer. Glimmering morning frost that highlights the world around us gives way to a bone-chilling freeze. Autumn colors fade from the...

Garden Guru: A microcosm of microbes underfoot

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This past week, as I harvested the last of my fall green beans and pulled up the vines (and put them in the compost), I saw something that made me think about the great big web of life that we rarely see ...

Garden Guru: The dreaded ‘pughetti’ makes its appearance
Garden Guru: The dreaded ‘pughetti’ makes its appearance

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As my regular readers know, sometimes my gardening articles are inspired by the things that happen to me in real life. For example, I wrote about water conservation after traveling to the New Mexico...

Garden Guru: Organic growing takes attention
Garden Guru: Organic growing takes attention

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More and more gardeners are interested in growing organically. This is especially true for gardeners growing fruits, vegetables and even grains. Reasons include concern over pesticide use, human health,...

Garden Guru: Onions deserve a little respect
Garden Guru: Onions deserve a little respect

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Let’s face it: When it comes to crops for the vegetable garden, onions are one of the least sexy things you can grow.

Garlic, it seems, is the most vivacious and interesting member of the...

Garden Guru: Fall tasks are at hand
Garden Guru: Fall tasks are at hand

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As we progress further into the cool, crisp days of autumn, it is time to turn our attention to preparing the garden for the winter to come and even look forward to next year’s garden. By...

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...

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