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By Amber Veverka       It’s no trick: Halloween in the South means it’s time to plant garlic.       If there’s such a thing as a money plant, the humble garlic could be it. Think about it: Grocery-store garlic runs about 50 cents a head, and prime farmers’ market organic garlic more. But if you plant two […]

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Charlotte kids Sager and Fin leap into fun on a kayaking trip with Sager’s father, Will White. Will (who notes he first checked the water depth for safety) started an outdoor adventure club for his son and friends. Kayaking, hiking and mountain biking are just a few of their activities. Photo: Will White.     By […]

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      It’s time for the Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension fall plant sale, and fruit trees and berry bushes are the sale stars. The extension is offering Piedmont-hardy blueberry plants, fig trees, raspberry and blackberry bushes and grapes in 1-gallon containers for $8 each. For some plants, such as blueberries,  you’ll want at least two varieties to ensure […]

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By Amber Veverka     Three signs of autumn for the urban farmer: Falling leaves, falling rain and….falling egg production.      As the days shorten, backyard hens start to shift into vacation mode. That’s because chickens’ egg laying is directly connected to the available hours of daylight. When sunshine is in scant supply, they produce fewer eggs.      “Once […]

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