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Compost-haste: Recycling food as fertilizer improves upon land

Steve Carroll works on a compost pile Any backyard gardener can help the environment by composting. In fact, it's simple enough that anyone who wants to save money and make a difference can do it. comments
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Support grows for urban gardens

Pastor Mike Mayton holds a yellow squash WINCHESTER -- Corn stalks and sunflowers tower above squash, okra, cabbage and other vegetables. What sounds like a garden in a rural spot in the Shenandoah Valley actually grows among apartments and homes in the city's north end. comments
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Local farmer uses environmentally friendly practices

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EDINBURG -- On a hillside off of Swover Creek Road, snorts and snuffles can be heard coming from the woods. A couple dozen of Jordan Green's pigs are sleeping away a near-triple-digit day in the shade of the trees. comments
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Purchasing power: Housing grant to help communities fix, resell foreclosures for less

Robert G. Goldsmith stands outside a home Thanks to a generous grant from Virginia's neighborhood stabilization program, officials in the Northern Shenandoah Valley have acquired a handful of foreclosed properties and are renovating them to give low-, moderate- and middle-income families affordable housing opportunities. comments
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World War II veteran cherishes days spent tending to his garden

Irvin Welch Jr. looks over a row of beans By Ben Orcutt - borcutt@nvdaily.com "To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds, and watch the renewal of life -- this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a man can do." - Charles Dudley Warner, from "My Summer in a Garden," Bartlett's Familiar Quotations FRONT ROYAL - Irvin Welch Jr. appreciates the joy of gardening. "You cannot garden and not realize how much God's presence is in the world," he said. Welch, 90, and his wife, Hazel, 87, moved to Front Royal in 1976 from Wilmington, Del. Welch was the manager of textile research and development for Avtex Fibers until he retired in 1982. "When I retired, I was fortunate enough to be able to buy this extra lot and that's when I started to garden," Welch said of the 4,500-square-foot garden in the rear of his house on Ridge Road. A decorated World War II veteran, Welch earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star during combat action in the South Pacific. He's proud of that service. It is with the same pride and dedication that Welch tirelessly tends to his garden, spending about four hours daily keeping... comments
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Paradise: Couple turn backyard into a slice of heaven without breaking bank

1Hokkkanen5_6_17_10.jpg WINCHESTER -- The plants, trees, trellises, bridges and other features that make Debbie and Niles Hokkanen's yard on Green Spring Road their own slice of paradise could have cost them thousands.But by piecing it together a little at a time -- buying plants on clearance, getting embellishments at yard sales, and, perhaps most importantly, putting in all the labor themselves -- their unique outdoor oasis has been accomplished on a budget. comments
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The old'inn days: Site of upcoming bed and breakfast has historic past

mountainhome1.jpg FRONT ROYAL -- At first glance, it's obvious that the two-story, three-bay brick dwelling perched above U.S. 522 in Warren County has seen better days. comments
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Trading spaces: Swapping homes could benefit buyer, seller in tough market

House-swapping FRONT ROYAL -- Stephanie Seely has it all planned out, and from the outside looking in, it sounds pretty good. comments
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Get started with your garden

Billie Clifton clips nasturtium flowers As warm weather drifts through the valley, prompting flowers and trees to bloom, many across the area will be inspired to head outdoors and get to work in the garden. comments
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Save rainwater for your garden, to save rivers

Lynne Phillips arranges a dogwood tree Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is making it easier for people to conserve water at home and help make local waterways cleaner. comments

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