| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:04 AM
Orchid blooms are beloved by many, but they can intimidate budding gardeners.
Joan Connors, retired greenhouse manager of the American Orchid Society, has a few tips to help beginners keep plants healthy, happy and blooming.
"I love growing orchids,...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 3:28 PM
Nitrates from agricultural fertilizer could continue to leach into groundwater for at least 80 years after initial use, according to researchers who conducted a long-term study of nitrogen uptake.
Using isotope tracers, scientists followed the fate of...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 11:27 AM
Do I have to cut up fallen leaves with a mower before I use them as mulch? I don't have a mulching mower.
No, you don't. In fact, many beneficial insects overwinter in leaf litter. You'll notice that no one chops up the fallen leaves in a woods, yet the...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Since I can't use fertilizer as a de-icer now that Maryland has a new lawn fertilizer law, what should I use instead that won't damage my plants? I'm on a fixed income.
We've never recommended fertilizer as de-icer. Commercial de-icers can cause some...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Thirty years ago, the governors in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania; the mayor of D.C.; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator signed the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement, solemnly pledging to stem the flow of pollutants and bring the...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Before The Sun and its readers start hyperventilating about the Maryland Department of Agriculture's decision to delay (not abandon) the proposed Phosphorous Management Tool regulation, it is important to share some insights into this common-sense...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 10:19 AM
Harford County Executive David Craig's ill-fated plan to repeal the so-called "rain tax" has been revealed for the campaign ploy that it was, but the problems with the law requiring the levy still need to be addressed.
Enacted by the Maryland General...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Deborah Koons Garcia's "Symphony of the Soil" reps the latest in a long line of documentaries extolling the many virtues of organic farming over the nefarious legacy of industrial food production -- one of which, "The Future of Food," also helmed by the...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 3:44 PM
Amid an outcry from Maryland farmers, state officials pulled back again Friday from a new regulation aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay by restricting the use of animal manure to fertilize crops.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture announced that...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 5:44 PM
For most of its 33-year history, Rentech Inc. tried to make money on green fuel development. But like its plans to sell synthetic diesel to major airlines in 2009, those efforts never really left the ground.
Now, the Los Angeles company is on a...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 3:53 PM
WASHINGTON — Federal authorities have cited the operator of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant that exploded in April for 24 safety violations including the unsafe handling and storage of chemicals, and have proposed $118,300 in penalties.