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Rainy weather dampens local produce yields
Rainy weather dampens local produce yields

From the looks of produce stands — lined with tomatoes in hues of yellow, red and green, stacked with ears of corn and holding bushels of hot peppers and green beans — it would appear that the farmers selling at Capitol Market have had a...

Rainy weather dampens local produce yields
Rainy weather dampens local produce yields

From the looks of produce stands — lined with tomatoes in hues of yellow, red and green, stacked with ears of corn and holding bushels of hot peppers and green beans — it would appear that the farmers selling at Capitol Market have had a ...

Garden Guru: A trip to the state fair
Garden Guru: A trip to the state fair

One of my favorite things to do is to visit the state fair. One of the great things about my job is that I get to do it for work. This past week I had the privilege of once again heading to Lewisburg for the State Fair of West Virginia.

My...

Garden Guru: Giant hogweed is causing a rash of skin rashes
Garden Guru: Giant hogweed is causing a rash of skin rashes

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Most of us know the plants we want to steer clear of, those we don’t want to tangle with.

Experience and knowledge tells us there are some plants that fight back through either chemical or...

WV Farm2Fork Team: Get to know your farmer
WV Farm2Fork Team: Get to know your farmer

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Last week the nation celebrated National Farmers Market Week, and it does seem now more than ever that consumers are choosing to spend their food dollars in their own communities....

Garden Guru: Parasitic plants suck life out of other plants
Garden Guru: Parasitic plants suck life out of other plants

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When you talk about killer plants, your mind may conjure images of a man-eating plant in “Little Shop of Horrors,” insect-eating Venus flytraps or poisonous plants like deadly nightshade....

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...

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