Gardening http://nhpr.org en What Are Japanese Beetles Good For? http://nhpr.org/post/what-are-japanese-beetles-good <p>Mid-summer brings Japanese beetles to the garden, clustering on their favorite foods: the leaves of raspberry, grape, and garden roses. In the vegetable garden, the lead shoots of pole beans are another tasty target. I know gardeners who find a daily ritual of flicking beetles into a container with water and a drop of liquid soap to be very therapeutic. Beetle demise is quick. These are people who typically release indoor spiders and wasps to the outdoors, but damage to the garden is another matter.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:00:01 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 51092 at http://nhpr.org What Are Japanese Beetles Good For? Garden Bugs: The Good, The Bad, The Dreaded http://nhpr.org/post/garden-bugs-good-bad-dreaded <p>If you spend time tending a garden, chances are that you’ve come across some insects you don’t know. Other times there may be bugs you think you know and may be tempted to get rid of. Henry Homeyer argues that that’s not always the best thing to do. Homeyer is a lifelong organic gardener living in Cornish Flat. He’s the author of four gardening books and writes a weekly gardening column for ten newspapers around New England. I spoke with Homeyer on Thursday:</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:11:32 +0000 Rick Ganley 52509 at http://nhpr.org Garden Bugs: The Good, The Bad, The Dreaded 5 Plants To Mosquito-Proof Your Garden http://nhpr.org/post/5-plants-mosquito-proof-your-garden <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We spoke with </span>Kiera<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Butler about </span><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/70114-tv-openers-lost-histories-and-truth-about-bug-spray" style="line-height: 1.5;">the truth behind bug spray</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and came away with some interesting facts. For instance, those bug sprays professing scents like cedar wood or ‘silky vanilla’ are by no means guaranteed to actually do a good job of keeping away bugs. You know what is? </span>DEET<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>According to Butler, due to the increase of insect borne illnesses, DEET is a tested-and-true method for keeping the bugs away. Although studies have shown minimal health risks associated with DEET in commercial products, some people still prefer a more natural route. It’s important to note that these solutions have not been tested enough to prove to be good ways of warding off insects, though you’ll find many proponents of natural remedies who defend them. If you’d like to put nature to the test, we’ve made a list of some of the popular plant solutions to avoiding bug bites.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:11:40 +0000 Molly Donahue 51143 at http://nhpr.org 5 Plants To Mosquito-Proof Your Garden Gardening Tips For Granite Staters http://nhpr.org/post/gardening-tips-granite-staters <p>It’s a short season, but one that many in New England enthusiastically embrace, whether on community plots, backyard gardens or on a commercial scale.&nbsp; And now, in addition to the usual challenges, there’s climate change with a longer growing season but also new floral and faunal pests, and the possibility of extreme weather.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 49972 at http://nhpr.org Gardening Tips For Granite Staters For Garden Stores In New Hampshire, Color Is Selling Fast http://nhpr.org/post/garden-stores-new-hampshire-color-selling-fast <p>After a spring characterized by strange weather, warmer temperatures have brought gardeners outside- and to their local garden stores- around the Granite State.</p><p>“We’re slammed right now. After the long winter and the nice weather we have now, people are coming out in droves.”</p><p>Charlie Cole is the General Manager at Cole Gardens, a family owned business in Concord. Like many gardeners at this time, Cole is experiencing a rapid uptick in sales.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:37:33 +0000 Austin Cowan 49448 at http://nhpr.org For Garden Stores In New Hampshire, Color Is Selling Fast Granite Geek: Why Are So Many Gardeners P.M.O. (Pretty Much Organic?) http://nhpr.org/post/granite-geek-why-are-so-many-gardeners-pmo-pretty-much-organic <p>Gardeners are gearing up for this year's growing season, and many New Hampshire gardeners are hoping to grow their vegetables organically this year.<br /><br />But that term, "organic," doesn't mean that same thing to every gardener.<br /> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:07:23 +0000 Brady Carlson 48821 at http://nhpr.org Granite Geek: Why Are So Many Gardeners P.M.O. (Pretty Much Organic?) Ear To The Ground: What Are You Doing In Your Garden This Weekend? http://nhpr.org/post/ear-ground-what-are-you-doing-your-garden-weekend <p>Spring in New Hampshire is, well, not always the most satisfying season. This week alone, we've had weather ranging from frigid rain to warm-enough-to-use-the-sunroof.</p><p>What gets a lot of us through the season is looking forward to the weekends, when we can, now that the snow has melted, begin to play around in the dirt, maybe even plant something.</p><p>I'd love to brag about my own gardening skills, or even offer some handy tips. But I'm a certified Brown Thumb, and have little to offer other than knowing what I <em>don't</em> know about plants, dirt, even mulch.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:39:53 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 47654 at http://nhpr.org Ear To The Ground: What Are You Doing In Your Garden This Weekend? Long Winter Delays Spring Planting http://nhpr.org/post/long-winter-delays-spring-planting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The long, cold winter has delayed spring planting in the Granite State.&nbsp; That complicates matters for nurseries and lawn and garden businesses.&nbsp; Charlie Cole is general manager of </span><a href="http://www.colegardens.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Cole Gardens</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Concord.&nbsp; He sees the late spring as a mixed bag for his business—although he’s optimistic.</span></p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 46256 at http://nhpr.org Long Winter Delays Spring Planting UNH Open Greenhouses To Eager Gardeners http://nhpr.org/post/unh-open-greenhouses-eager-gardeners <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The University of New Hampshire is holding its annual Greenhouse Open House for eager gardeners — some still aching from shoveling snow the first day of spring.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The MacFarlane Greenhouse will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:21:33 +0000 Associated Press 45509 at http://nhpr.org Cornucopia Project Filling Kids' Cups http://nhpr.org/post/cornucopia-project-filling-kids-cups-0 <p><a href="http://www.cornucopiaproject.org/" target="_blank">The Cornucopia Project</a> teaches kids to grow food -- and to make a lifetime of healthy eating choices. Susan Ellingwood and her third-graders in Dublin are old hands in their school garden -- which was established with help from the Cornucopia Project.</p><p></p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 05:30:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter, Lois Shea & Andrew Parrella 41553 at http://nhpr.org Cornucopia Project Filling Kids' Cups The Dark Side Of Community Gardens http://nhpr.org/post/dark-side-community-gardens <p>Today the ground is covered with snow, but imagine if you will, a verdant community garden in late July, brimming with flowers and vegetables, happy neighbors kneeling cheek-to-cheek, shovel to shovel, baskets overflowing with greens and the late afternoon sun bathing the scene in gold. We interrupt that idyll to bring you “<a href="http://modernfarmer.com/2013/12/robbery-drugs-fistfights-dark-side-community-gardening/" target="_blank">Thievery, Fraud, Fistfights and Weed: The Other Side of Community Gardens</a>.” &nbsp;&nbsp;That’s the title of <strong>Jesse Hirsch’s </strong>article for <em>Modern Farmer</em>, where he’s a staff writer.</p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:00:54 +0000 Virginia Prescott 40323 at http://nhpr.org The Dark Side Of Community Gardens The World Runs on Grass http://nhpr.org/post/world-runs-grass <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grass doesn't get a lot of appreciation aside from lawns and hayfields, but grasses play an essential role in ecosystem health. When soil is disturbed by hurricane, fire or logging, grasses take quick advantage of. Dormant seeds awaiting the right conditions sprout and up come the grasses.</span></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 05:10:00 +0000 Chris Martin, Francie Von Mertens & Andrew Parrella 39073 at http://nhpr.org The World Runs on Grass Need Help Gardening? There's An App For That http://nhpr.org/post/need-help-gardening-theres-app <p>Whether you have a well-worn green thumb, or are making your first foray into home gardening, rest assured: there’s an app for that. New York Times Smart App Columnist <strong>Kit Eaton</strong> confesses he’s not an experienced gardener, but <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/technology/personaltech/digging-in-the-dirt-with-gardening-apps.html?_r=0">he dug in to the wide variety of garden-related apps </a>on the market and joins us with some winners.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:06:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32906 at http://nhpr.org Need Help Gardening? There's An App For That Veggie Growing Season Just Getting Underway In New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/veggie-growing-season-just-getting-underway-new-hampshire <p>New Hampshire's growing season traditionally begins Memorial Day weekend, but if you haven't gotten many plants into your garden this year, it's not too late to start.</p><p>That's according to <a href="http://www.gardening-guy.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Henry Homeyer</strong></a>, and he should know - he's a longtime gardener who's written newspaper columns and numerous books on the subject. His latest book is <strong><em>Organic Gardening (Not Just) In The Northeast: A Hands-On Month-to-Month Guide</em></strong>.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:33:53 +0000 Brady Carlson 28987 at http://nhpr.org Attracting Backyard Pollinators http://nhpr.org/post/attracting-backyard-pollinators <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 05:00:00 +0000 23528 at http://nhpr.org Attracting Backyard Pollinators