New Jersey storm victims do the grunt work of shoveling sand out of their houses, as officials try to get it back onto the beaches.
Milwaukee is proposing to use foreclosed homes and vacant lots to increase residents' access to fresh food by creating gardens.
New 'window farming' systems allow even apartment dwellers to grow vegetables and herbs in windows or on countertops without using soil.
A New Hampshire woman has racked up $13,800 in penalties for refusing to remove her daisies and irises. The board argues that all the grounds are common areas.
Wall of lettuce showcases the trend toward vertical gardening. Inside Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, gardeners are growing lettuce on columns.
So the weather's cooler. There still may be things to plant — and garden bargains to pursue.
The popularity of urban foraging, on public lands and at foreclosed homes, raises some questions about when it's OK to pluck. When in doubt, ask.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.