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How Does Your (Backyard) Garden Grow? Mounts Can Help

Mounts Botanical Garden in suburban West Palm Beach will host a seminar, Farm Your Backyard: Vegetable Growing, on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m.-noon. The seminar, in Exhibit Hall A, will feature Arthur Kirstein, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ extension coordinator of agricultural economic development. The seminar will focus on techniques to help you manage small vegetable projects. Topics include site preparation, seedling establishment, planting, maintenance, and harvesting; followed by a tour of the Mounts’ vegetable garden. $20, members; $30, nonmembers. 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. To register, call 561-233-1730 or visit...

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Tarpon Springs man lives in Florida’s first ‘hempcrete’ home

This house, in Tarpon Springs, looks just like many others throughout the Sunshine State. But don’t let its benign appearance fool you. This single-family home is unique (so far) in Florida. / Bob Clayton   Bob Clayton can boast about something that no other resident of the Sunshine State can (though he wants to change that). Clayton moved into his new home – made of “hempcrete” – in 2014. No one else in the state is known to have built a house composed of the hemp plant’s woody core and a lime-based binder. In almost every way, the home...

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