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Student-led project brings fresh approach to gardening in public housing

Some families will fill their new gardens with fruits and vegetables to bring truly fresh food to the table.


Seven tips to keep pests – and pesticides – out of your garden

Maybe you’re one of those backyard gardeners who can’t wait to get dirt under their fingernails. With the last-freeze date upon us, your motivation should be high!


Native wildlife habitats start with native plants

There’s a lot of buzz about local food, but what about local plants? Native plants are those that are indigenous to a region and possess traits that make them uniquely adapted to local conditions.


Six things Staunton can teach us about community gardens

Fall has descended on Staunton. Most gardeners are planning to put their gardens to bed in the coming weeks, however winter allows us the time to start planning for spring.


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Wildlife Center of Virginia certified as official National Wildlife Federation site

The National Wildlife Federation® (NWF) is pleased to recognize that the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro has successfully created an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site.


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Designer crops cropping up on seed websites, in catalogs

It’s chic to have a backyard garden full of fancy new produce, and nurseries and seed companies are competing to bring gardeners the most colorful and flavorful designer edibles possible.


Ken Plum: Garden magic

I have had more time to spend in my garden than I have had any spring for many years. I had almost forgotten how relaxing and satisfying working in the soil can be.


Staunton Senior Center Gardens and Composts

Recently Staunton Senior Center held programs for members concerning gardening and composting thanks to ladies from the local home health agencies and nursing home/rehab facilities who offer monthly health topics.


Gardeners can take simple actions to prevent spread of invasive species

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges residents to help stop the threat that invasive plants and pests pose to the state’s agricultural and natural resources.


Staunton City Council candidates forum set for March 31

All eight candidates for Staunton City Council and moderator Carly Stephenson of WHSV-TV will take part in a candidates forum sponsored by the Spencer Center at Mary Baldwin College and Transition Staunton Augusta.


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Recently released Tree ID app can help homeowners, gardeners

Just what is that strange shrub planted next to your new house? Or what are those trees in the park that are setting off your allergies? A new smartphone app for the Android operating system can help provide some answers. The Virginia Tech Tree ID app combines extensive online forestry fact sheets and photos with a smartphone’s portability and global positioning technology. Users can search for an identifying match or upload a photo and ask a Virginia Tech forestry expert for help.


Can-do: Canning, freezing all the rage again

Story by Theresa Curry No one’s buying cars or new homes, but families everywhere are investing in jars, lids and giant pots to preserve the fruits of Virginia’s harvest and save a few dollars in the process. According to Nielsen figures released last fall, canning and freezing supplies were posting unit sales growth of 14 […]