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WV Farm2Fork Team: WV’s top chefs feature locally grown ingredients
Photos by BRIAN KELLY
WV Farm2Fork Team: WV’s top chefs feature locally grown ingredients

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When “buy local” becomes the focus of articles in the finance section, you just know that what we have all seen as a continually increasing trend now reflects an even more profound lifestyle change than we had...

WV Farm2Fork Team: WV’s top chefs feature locally grown ingredients
WV Farm2Fork Team: WV’s top chefs feature locally grown ingredients

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When “buy local” becomes the focus of articles in the finance section, you just know that what we have all seen as a continually increasing trend now reflects an even more profound lifestyle change than we had...

Signs of life: Send us your garden photos

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In the heart of summer — with the skies releasing rainfall almost daily — plant life is really taking off. Do you have hydrangeas blooming in bright colors of pinks and blues? Tomatoes bursting at the vine? No...

Garden Guru: Plant now for fall vegetables’ last hurrah
Garden Guru: Plant now for fall vegetables’ last hurrah

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The heat of summer has finally arrived.

The blazing sun and sticky humidity are enough to make you want to stay in the cool breeze of the air conditioner. It seems an odd time to be thinking about...

Garden Guru: Working with different pollination
Garden Guru: Working with different pollination

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Last week I made my way to South Dakota for the annual meeting of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. It is a fun conference made even more special this year by the fact ...

Gazette-Mail’s ‘Garden Guru’ columnist wins award
Gazette-Mail’s ‘Garden Guru’ columnist wins award

Staff reports

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Gazette-Mail “Garden Guru” columnist John Porter was named a national finalist in the 2015 National Association of...

Recent rains give ’shroom lovers reason to cheer
Recent rains give ’shroom lovers reason to cheer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It might sound hard to believe, but not everyone has been unhappy with the weather lately.

“I’m one of the few people who is like, ‘Yeah! Bring on the rain!’” said Nancy Ward,...

Ag officials: Floodwater-tainted produce should be discarded

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia agricultural officials are advising growers to discard vegetables that have had contact with floodwaters.

The advice comes after weeks of rain that promoted Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to declare states of...

Signs of life: Send us your garden photos

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In the heart of summer — with the skies releasing rainfall almost daily — the plant life is really taking off. Do you have hydrangeas blooming in bright colors of pinks and blues? Or tomatoes bursting at the...

Smithsonian documents South Hills garden for archive
Smithsonian documents South Hills garden for archive

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If a yard could speak — of its life, its wildlife visitors, its human inhabitants — what would it say?

In the case of George and Marion Jones’ yard, the tales would surely be immense.

It...

Garden Guru: Storms are a serious risk for produce, trees
Garden Guru: Storms are a serious risk for produce, trees

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Our region has certainly suffered under an overabundance of rainfall in the last few months.

As I traveled this past week to the National Association of County Agricultural Agents conference in...

Garden Guru: Growing the biggest and best in the garden
Garden Guru: Growing the biggest and best in the garden

Everyone wants a beautiful flower garden or a productive vegetable garden.

So it goes to reason that letting plants grow to their biggest and best is a no-brainer. Often, however, the key to the nicest plants, the showiest flowers, or the...

Garden Guru: Excess rain causes garden problems
Garden Guru: Excess rain causes garden problems

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This time of year, most people run their vegetable garden on autopilot. Everything has been planted and the harvests may start to slowly trickle in.

While the work in the garden aside from...

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