| Jun 19, 2014
| 5:57 AM
Hot and sweaty is the best way to describe residents tending their landscapes in Florida’s 90 degree weather. Frankly, under these conditions, gardening may not be that much fun anymore.
What you need is a plan – a way to have an...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 7:35 AM
The Mariposa coleus stands so tall and picturesque next to our blue-glazed Vietnamese-glazed containers. It was everything I knew it could be, but now in retrospect it seems like it was such a long journey.
You see it was well over a decade ago that I...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 5:20 AM
FORT WORTH, Texas On a balmy spring evening a few weeks ago, Kyle Redd stood for two hours at the corner of Crockett and Currie streets, singing and playing his acoustic guitar. Street musicians are a regular feature of that tony neighborhood and are...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 2:11 PM
Despite early progress reducing Chesapeake Bay pollution, levels of a key pollutant, phosphorus, have not come down in many rivers in the past decade — and are actually rising in several, officials say.
Phosphorus is one of two pollutants blamed...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 4:50 PM
I've been describing the options for the shade garden over the last few columns. Here are a few more that have survived in the shady sections of our yard.
Tiarella or foamflower is native to North America and Asia. It is a small plant with heart-shaped...
| Jun 13, 2014
In his best-selling "The World Without Us" (2007), the veteran journalist Alan Weisman painted a startling portrait of what might happen on Earth if human beings suddenly vanished from the planet. In Weisman's exhaustively researched vision of a...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 6:00 AM
By 9 a.m., Jack Motter had been planting peas for hours.
He pushed a two-wheeled contraption that deposited a seed every few inches along neat rows at Ellwood Canyon Farms, just outside Santa Barbara. As clouds gathered overhead, he picked up the pace...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 9:18 AM
A year after a massive explosion and fire at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, killed 15, including 12 volunteer firefighters, the city is still trying to come to grips with the disaster that has left a deep imprint on the rural town.
| Apr 22, 2014
| 2:55 PM
The deaths of 15 people, including 12 volunteer firefighters, in an explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant a year ago were preventable, federal investigators said Tuesday.
Preliminary findings from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board on the chemical...
| May 28, 2014
| 1:00 PM
My row of Leyland cypresses suffered terrible winter burn this year. Will fertilizer help them recover faster? A couple of them look dead. Is that possible?
Some Leyland cypresses were killed by this severe winter or are still in the process of dying...
| May 22, 2014
| 9:01 PM
The Chesapeake Bay's health remained steady overall last year, despite heavy rains that normally flush pollution into its waters, University of Maryland scientists reported Friday. Declines in Eastern Shore rivers, however, indicated problems with...