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Nychele Williams, 15, picks basil from the garden at Eastern Senior High School in Washington, D.C.
August 10, 2015 School-based urban gardens can have a measurable positive impact on kids — from improving their diets to helping boost engagement with academics.
Santiago Arredondo with his wife, Aimee, at StoryCorps.
May 29, 2015 A man remembers the grandfather who taught him valuable lessons and helped him grow. "He is a part of everything that I am," says Santiago Arredondo.
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Sprouting broccoli will serve up florets in about 50 days. Not bad for this member of the brassica family.
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April 22, 2015 Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.
Cherry Belle radishes grow superfast.
April 16, 2014 Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.
Graze the Roof is a community-produced garden that grows vegetables on the rooftop of a church in San Francisco.
April 5, 2014 More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, a report finds, but they're clueless about how to avoid other types of contaminants.
Prisoners build an organic vegetable garden in the prison yard of the medium security unit at San Quentin State Prison in December.
Kirk Crippens/ Insight Garden Program
January 12, 2014 From Connecticut to Minnesota to California, correctional authorities are finding all kinds of reasons to produce food inside prison walls. A new video provides a glimpse of one of these projects, a vegetable garden inside San Quentin State prison outside of San Francisco.
Hermine Ricketts says she gardens for the food and for the peace it brings her.
December 16, 2013 A woman in Miami Shores, Fla., is suing her town after it forced her to remove vegetables from the garden in her front yard, which she had tended for 17 years. She's being backed by a a national public interest law firm, but the town says it's a long-standing zoning ordinance that won't be overturned.
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Tomatoes and herbs grow in barrels in this urban micro-garden.
Nico Sanchez/via Flickr/Creative Commons
July 12, 2013 Earlier this week we told you about people who want to see micro-gardening go big. We've chosen a few of our favorite images of micro-gardens from around the country that make the most of small spaces and idle containers.
The Nourishmat, which is inspired by Square Foot Gardening, makes it easy to grow 15 to 20 pounds of food in a small space with a plastic mat that serves as a garden planting guide.
Courtesy of Earth Starter
July 9, 2013 Micro-gardens are small spaces, such as balconies, patios and rooftops, cultivated with planting containers like wooden boxes and trash cans. Now, creative reuse of old materials and some new tools for sale are making it easier for urban dwellers to stretch their green thumbs.
Decorated gnomes designed by celebrities, including Elton John (second from the right), are displayed at Chelsea Flower Show on Monday in London.
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May 25, 2013 The contentious little creatures were allowed in the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time in its 100-year history. Their presence has been hotly debated, but celebrity-decorated gnomes will be sold for a cause.
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Through the City Land Application of Biosolids Program in Geneva, Ill., the fertilizer supplement is provided to local farmers at no cost.
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May 12, 2013 Treated human waste has been used on farmland for decades, but the ick factor has not entirely faded. Some environmentalists think the treatment process may not get rid of all the harmful contaminants that could be in the waste.
Want it? You can't have it. At least not yet.
March 21, 2013 Spring has sprung, but in most parts of the country, just-picked vegetables are still months away. In northern Minnesota, growers are experimenting with solar soil-warming techniques to coax spring to appear earlier.
An urban farmer waters his plants near Bamako, Mali, where the government has set aside nearly 250 acres for market gardens.
August 31, 2012 As many as 40 percent of urban families in sub-Saharan Africa farm in household or commercial gardens. A survey from the United Nations finds that these urban farms, which feed millions of people each year, are in jeopardy if they're not protected during Africa's growth spurt.
Watering the corn.
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August 30, 2012 The Youth Garden Project cultivates healthy children, families and communities through educational programs.
An urban garden at City Hall.
Courtesy of Provo City Hall
August 24, 2012 Several city planners in Provo City have been growing a garden in their spare time. However, the group picked an unusual spot to plant their seeds.
Students enjoy the fruits of their labors in Wallingford.
Courtesy of Wallingford Public Schools
August 20, 2012 Food service director Sharlene Wong had a dream: Start a community garden in the Wallingford school district.
August 13, 2012 The Need to Feed Gardening Initiative plants community gardens, runs a community cafe and donates fresh produce to local food pantries.
August 4, 2012 Scientist Adam Steltzner worries about whether the Mars rover landing equipment he helped design will work. But in his garden, where he approaches things like the engineer he is, he is firmly in charge.
A tomato expert recommends planting seedlings in rich soil with lots of organic matter and a steady slow-release fertilizer.
June 1, 2012 Scientists still don't know exactly what growing conditions are responsible for the most flavorful tomatoes. But they have a few ideas that are worth keeping in mind as you try to coax sweetness and tartness from your garden seedlings.
The lawn of Nashville yoga instructor James Alvarez is being taken over by buckwheat.
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June 1, 2012 Interest in food gardening increased during the economic downturn and has stayed pretty steady. Now some people are even turning to landscaping professionals to swap their lawns for something green and edible.
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You can eat the eggs, or call a wildlife rescue team to incubate them properly
T. Susan Chang
May 25, 2012 Snapping turtles look to suburban New England gardens to lay eggs as their habitats are increasingly threatened. So the next time you're checking the progress of the peas and lettuce this spring, beware.
One of the community gardens divided up into individual plots run by Denver Urb Gardens.
Courtesy of Denver Urb Gardens
March 20, 2012 In cities across the country, most community gardens are divided up into individual plots. It means if some of your neighbors start shirking their responsibilities, it's not really your problem. But there are also still a lot of people doing communal-style gardens.
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D. Landreth Seed Co. President Barbara Melera with a bunch of peanuts at her Philadelphia Flower Show booth.
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March 8, 2012 The D. Landreth Seed Co. store in Philadelphia counted American presidents from George Washington to Franklin D. Roosevelt as customers. But today the company is struggling to survive as eager gardeners seek seeds elsewhere.
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Designers of a food forest in Seattle want to make blueberry picking a neighborly activity.
March 1, 2012 A community group in Seattle is transforming a 7-acre plot of land into a forest of fruit trees where neighbors will be encouraged to forage and meet each other.
Plant now, and in a month your spinach might look like this. It's a hardy plant that can survive late frost.
February 28, 2012 Gardeners are wondering whether this very warm winter means planting time's come early, too. Go forth and plant, our expert says. But be prepared for the heartbreak of a late frost.
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