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This weird fern is the first known plant that turns its dead leaves into new roots

This weird fern is the first known plant that turns its...

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The Five Gardening Tasks You Should Complete in February

The Five Gardening Tasks You Should Complete in February

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February is the shoulder season in many parts of the U.S. Though my entire winter garden was lost to a solid inch of frozen ice just two weeks ago, it’s been in the 50s the last few days, and the irises and tulips have started to emerge. Like most gardeners, this fills me with both…
You Can Actually Rent Goats to Eat Weeds in Your Yard

You Can Actually Rent Goats to Eat Weeds in Your Yard

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Invasive species of plants can make gardening and yard work a real pain. And the most noxious weeds—the ones that choke out other species, are harmful to pets or kids, and can even damage structures—can be really hard to get rid of. If you use herbicides to remove them, the solution might be worse than…
The Best Ways to Lay Out Your Vegetable Garden

The Best Ways to Lay Out Your Vegetable Garden

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Every gardener, from the apartment dweller to the farmer, has a finite allotment of planting space. What you want to grow needs to fit into that space, so planning is essential. With planning, you can thoughtfully consider when different crops will be ready to harvest and can be rotated. Your plants can benefit from being…
Urban agriculture’s carbon footprint can be worse than that of large farms

Urban agriculture’s carbon footprint can be worse than that of large...

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A few years back, the Internet was abuzz with the idea of vertical farms running down the sides of urban towers, with the idea that growing crops where they're actually consumed could eliminate the carbon emissions involved with shipping plant products long distances. But lifecycle analysis of those systems, which require a lot of infrastructure…
This first-of-its-kind palm plant flowers and fruits entirely underground

This first-of-its-kind palm plant flowers and fruits entirely underground

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Palm trees are often associated with Hollywood Boulevard and tropical resorts, but their relatives in the palm family Arecaceae can come in many different shapes and sizes. And one shuns the limelight to an almost absurd degree — the new-to-science Pinanga subterranea palm grows its flowers and fruit entirely underground.
The Best Ways to Set Up a Seed-Starting Station in Your Home

The Best Ways to Set Up a Seed-Starting Station in Your...

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Seed starting certainly seems like it should be as simple as throwing seeds into soil, parking them near a window, and waiting for your new green friends to join the party. There are a slate of reasons to really consider whether you’re ready to even get into seed starting (hint: don’t do it in the…
What to Know Before You Start Your Own Plants From Seed

What to Know Before You Start Your Own Plants From Seed

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At some point in your gardening journey, high on the first tomato you grew yourself, you will embrace the idea of starting your own flowers and vegetables from seeds. It’s just a small step on your way to full-on homesteading, right? There are plenty of good reasons to go out on your own, seed-ly speaking.…
It’s Time to Cold Stratify Your Seeds

It’s Time to Cold Stratify Your Seeds

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As much as humans tend to intervene in a plant's growth processes, the truth is that seeds intrinsically have everything they need to sprout, thrive, flower, and reseed themselves on their own—under the right conditions, anyway. But mitigating factors, from increasingly abrupt weather shifts to the creep of invasive species, means they need a little…
How to Keep Your Plants Alive During Winter     – CNET

How to Keep Your Plants Alive During Winter ...

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Plants are finicky. Look no further than the dried remnants of ferns and philodendrons in my compost pile as proof. Watering plants too much or too little can cause them to rot or dry out. Plants also need the proper amount of light -- enough but not too much. During winter months, things get even…

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