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AM Inspiration: Keeping Company With Plants

After doing a bit of indoor gardening today I am convinced that there is a quasi-mystical benefit from palling around with growing things and playing in the dirt. A NASA study found that certain indoor plants can improve air quality, while researchers in the UK found that a healthful bacteria com...

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Tags: Dirt, Garden, Green, Horticulture, Plant, Wellness
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Ample Harvest: Connecting Gardeners with Food Pantries

A follow-up to a previous post on donating your garden's surplus to area food pantries: The director of a Connecticut community garden, Gary Oppenheimer, started AmpleHarvest.org as a means of connecting gardeners and their surplus produce with food pantries and their patrons in need of fresh fo...

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Tags: Community, Donation, Garden, Hunger, Soup kitchen
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Heirloom Tomatoes and Monsanto: Maybe Not the Most Natural Hybrid

Heirloom seeds are awesome, right? They produce tastier, more varied vegetables and have been handed down for generations because they are particularly suited to local growing conditions. Civil Eats points out Scientific American's recent article attempting to debunk these beliefs. Could it be th...

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Tags: Biodiversity, Diversity, Engineering, Food, Garden, Genetic, Health, Monsanto, Vegetable
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Access to Inexpensive Fresh Vegetables for Would-Be Gardeners

One of the problems with cities is that green space is in short supply. Another is that the green space may not have ended up with those with green thumbs. The Washington Post explores a new trend: Sharing Backyards DC. Based on a model created by Canadians, the site has listings from some US ci...

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Tags: Backyard, Farm, Garden, Local food, Locavore, Market, Share
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Cook with Homegrown Herbs for Simple, Inexpensive, Satisfying Meals

Science may have created all sorts of artificial flavors that we may have learned to seek out in processed foods, but there's no substitute for real flavors. A handful of just-picked basil, rosemary, or sage will give any dish a burst of savory freshness that can't be found in the high-salt seaso...

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Tags: Diy, Flavor, Garden, Health, Herb, Taste
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