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Urban gardening gains momentum

NEW YORK — On an assemblage of vacant lots and other pockets of unused land in the Bronx, gardeners from low-income neighborhoods have banded together to create over a dozen “farm hubs,” coordinating their community gardens and their harvest. Several years ago, some discovered that, ...

Housing construction slumps nationally in July

WASHINGTON — Home construction fell a sharp 7% in July as homebuilders struggled to cope with a variety of headwinds. The July decline put home construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.53 million units, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It was the slowest pace since ...

Making school gardens bloom: Educators find ways to keep lessons working

Like gardening in general, school gardening has become hugely popular during the pandemic, with families and teachers saying its hands-on lessons can be applied to many subjects. Finding the expertise, labor and funding to keep a school garden going can be tough. But some experts and teachers ...

How to chop remodeling costs when wood prices are high

By ANNIE MILLERBERND of NerdWallet Wood costs have skyrocketed over the last year, leaving would-be home renovators to choose between waiting in price purgatory or moving forward and possibly overpaying. Lumber mills incorrectly predicted that the housing market would crumble under ...

Volcanoes inspire designs

Mother Earth has been blowing off lots of steam lately — as well as ash and a mess of lava. The volcanic eruptions, and the pumice and other rock they leave in their wake, have inspired some remarkable decorative design. Scores of volcanoes are spewing now, from Indonesia to Alaska, Italy ...