Environment

Local fruit trees make great gifts for the gardeners in your life—and winter is the perfect time to plant them. File photo.

Gifts for green thumbs

Gardeners can be a fussy and opinionated lot, which makes them hard to shop for. As Christmas approaches, here are some gift ideas for the gardener in your life. Fruit trees. Winter is the best time to plant fruit trees. Because the trees are dormant, their chances of survival and getting well established increase dramatically. […]

Made the upgrade to LED holiday lights this year? Several companies will mail you a coupon for discounted lights if you ship your old strings to them. File photo.

Ask Betty: Going green, staying warm

Teri Kent runs Charlottesville’s Better World Betty, a non-profit organization and online resource for locals looking to shrink their impact on the environment. Every month, Betty—Kent’s ’50s-housewife-meets-earth-goddess alter ego—answers the most burning eco- questions from our readers about energy use, water, waste and recycling, transportation, and green buying. Q: I’m bad about checking my tire pressure. […]