| Aug 4, 2014
| 11:55 AM
This time of year, the garden is becalmed. Once lush and colorful beds are in the doldrums — hot, airless and not going anywhere. And no, you can't jump ship; it's time to do something about it.
The growing season has weeks — months —...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 9:47 AM
A ban on drinking water in Toledo, Ohio’s fourth-largest city, was lifted Monday after tests showed that toxins had returned to acceptable levels, city officials announced.
Hundreds of thousands of residents in the city were told not to drink...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 6:05 PM
For weeks now, York County resident Virginia Russell said she's seen it as she drives over the reservoir on Oriana Road: a green growth sliming the water's surface.
It spreads out from the rim of the 265-acre reservoir, sludging its banks like thick...
| Aug 8, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo, Ohio, residents was fouled by animal waste ("Lake Erie not alone in suffering from harmful algae," Aug. 6). With the unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it could...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:32 PM
Growing, blooming and fruiting in the heat of summer, enduring the cold of winter and the fury of hurricanes, mangoes have made this land their home — the warm, southern extreme of South Florida between the ocean and the great expanse of the...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 11:44 AM
The battle against genetically engineered food revolves mostly around the idea that it’s somehow bad for us in some way, though critics of the technology have a lot of trouble producing credible, peer-reviewed research as evidence.
| Jul 27, 2014
| 12:26 PM
The project seemed simple enough — build a waste-to-energy plant on the Eastern Shore fueled by poultry manure, keeping it from flushing into and polluting the bay, while creating green jobs and boosting Maryland's fledgling renewable energy...
| 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 27, 2014
Q: I am new to container gardening and would like a suggestion on what soil mix to use in my containers to grow flowers. Any other advice on containers also would be appreciated.
— Marsha Jackson, Highwood
A: It is best to use a commercial...
| 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 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...