| Dec 18, 2012
| 7:17 PM
For an imaginary moment, swim with Hueland Todd Brown as he descends into a deep, caramel-colored river, feeling his way with his hands and hoping nothing bites.
Brown lives by the Choctawhatchee, a wild river that coils through remote forests in the...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 1:17 PM
After hiking up a steep Ojai trail in 90-degree heat this October, a group of Clark Magnet High School Students came upon abandoned camps where illegal marijuana growers lived and cultivated plants grown with an excess of illegal chemical fertilizers...
| Dec 23, 2012
EUREKA, Calif. — State scientists, grappling with an explosion of marijuana growing on the North Coast, recently studied aerial imagery of a small tributary of the Eel River, spawning grounds for endangered coho salmon and other threatened fish.
| Dec 26, 2012
| 12:23 AM
WELDON, Calif. — A few minutes after 4 a.m., agents in camouflage cluster in a dusty field in Kern County. "Movement needs to be slow, deliberate and quiet," the team leader whispers. "Lock and load now."
They check their ammunition and assault...
| Feb 2, 2013
As large-scale poultry farmers are required to do, Alan Hudson of Berlin filed a plan last year with Maryland environmental regulators spelling out how he intended to prevent manure from his flocks from fouling the Chesapeake Bay.
Hudson had hired a...
| Jul 30, 2012
| 3:55 PM
Imagine, with a few finger flicks on a smartphone app, you can learn whether you'll be getting zucchini or tomatoes, strawberries or potatoes, from a Maryland farm each week, then browse for home-spun recipes and connect with other like-minded consumers....
| Aug 7, 2012
| 6:44 AM
Fall is an ideal time of year to plant repeat blooming Encore Azalea, which are small evergreen flowering shrubs sold at garden centers in Hampto Roads. Planting in fall gives the plant time to get its root system established before it begins to...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 3:43 PM
I want to start a compost pile, but I'm worried that kitchen scraps will attract animals from the woods nearby. Any thoughts?
Usually kitchen scraps are a small portion of a pile's ingredients. Most kitchen scraps are small pieces, damaged or bruised....
| Aug 26, 2012
| 10:47 AM
As summer fades into fall, a gardener's thoughts turn to saving favorite plants for next year. With hardy perennials and shrubs the plants can be left to fend for themselves with little more than fall clean up and in some cases a nice mulching. Annuals...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 12:29 PM
How early in fall can I plant grass seed? I hear fall is the best season.
The ideal planting window for cool-season fescue begins, surprisingly, in mid-August. Temperatures begin to temper then, yet the soil is warm and fosters quick germination of the...
| Sep 2, 2012
Dressed in blue jeans and short-sleeve cotton shirts, wet grass clippings caked on their shoes, Whitney and Fred Farris look comfortable and relaxed as they stroll their family farm, a 300-acre elongated point of lush land on the Nansemond River in...