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Interested in reducing food waste and saving money on produce? You might consider regrowing vegetables from kitchen scraps. Take celery for example. You can cut 3 inches off the bottom of a head of celery and then slice a sliver off the very bottom of the 3-inch segment. Place it right-side up in a shallow container and pour in 2 inches of water. New growth will sprout from the center in just a few days. Similar methods will work for beets, scallions, leeks and romaine lettuce. These methods aren’t likely to produce plants that will grow well in your garden. But they're fun on a sunny windowsill and are likely to yield a side dish or two.

As summer winds down, gardeners tend to focus on enjoying the last of the season's harvests, clearing away spent plants and planning next year’s garden. But indoor plants need attention now, too. Houseplants that spent the season vacationing outdoors need a proper transition back inside to avoid shock. If they've outgrown their containers during their holiday, this is a good time to replant them into a larger pot. Select a container no more than 2 inches wider than the current pot and replant in fresh potting mix. Water well. Overgrown plants can often be divided into two or more containers. Plants that have stayed indoors all summer also need special care as days get shorter. They'll need less water and often no fertilizer until spring.

As summer turns to fall, the garden may seem to fade into the background. But there’s still plenty of action going on underground, so this is no time to rest. For starters, your plants still need water. They'll get less thirsty as temperatures cool, but perennials, trees and shrubs in colder regions require extra water in early autumn to help prepare for dormancy. You might plant pansies or seasonal bloomers for a dash of fall color. And you can start planting bulbs for the spring. A cover crop like clover or rye in vacant vegetable beds will help suppress weeds, control erosion and add nutrients to the soil.

Many of the vegetables we grow in our gardens produce seeds, and if they're harvested and stored correctly they have the potential to grace us with free plants. Late summer is the perfect time to start collecting seeds. Make sure the plants from which you’re collecting seeds are heirloom, or open-pollinated, varieties instead of hybridized versions. Heirlooms are plants in their original forms whose seeds will produce plants with the same qualities as their parent. AP gardening writer Jessica Damiano provides tips for collecting seeds from common garden vegetables. After you've collected them, store all seeds in a cool, dry place in a paper envelope or covered glass jar.

Since time immemorial, as the saying goes, people in what is now Washington state and British Columbia, Canada, farmed the sea with a type of environmental engineering called clam gardening. But around the time Europeans arrived, the practice was lost. Swinomish Tribal Senator Alana Quintasket told KUOW the practice was stolen from them with settler colonialism. She says the tribe is now working to restore the practice. A study of dozens of ancient clam gardens around Quadra Island, British Columbia, showed that clam gardens grow four times more butter clams and twice as many littleneck clams as unterraced beaches do.

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Caused by a calcium deficiency that mainly affects tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. Characterized by dark, mushy spots on fruit bottoms, the di…

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You started seeds in spring and watched as they sprouted, then watered, fertilized and even staked plants as they grew, while visions of summe…

A lush garden hedge can create more than a barrier between properties, and it’ s a useful way to lower noisy traffic or nearby neighbors. Planting a hedge is an attractive way to muffle sounds and enclose your property while creating a lush backdrop for a bed of flowers. And it might encourage songbirds to take up residence.

When it comes to choosing plants we’ ll actually be able to maintain, most of us are making the same mistake: we pick out the plants we want before we consider the conditions in our backyard. Why is this a problem? If we’ re not sure what type of soil we have or we haven’ t analyzed how much sunlight the space gets, we could be choosing plants that have no shot at survival.

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