| Sep 13, 2011
| 11:39 AM
| Sep 16, 2011
| 11:00 PM
A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) soil scientist in Colorado is helping farmers grow crops with less nitrogen-based fertilizer.
The fertilizers are a major reason why agriculture is a significant source of both greenhouse gas emissions and...
| Apr 3, 2012
Husband Ken and I are in mulching mode. We prefer to purchase our cypress mulch in easy-to-handle 2-cubic-foot bags. We watch the sale flyers from Home Depot and Lowe's, planning to get it on sale, down from the $2.35 per bag price this year.
| Apr 16, 2012
Crown Jewel Gardenia is a new low-growing, spreading to prostrate gardenia with intensely fragrant, white, medium-sized double flowers beginning in early summer and repeating until frost. The heavy May flush of blooms is followed by repeat blooming...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 1:30 PM
Maryland's law limiting lawn fertilizer practices doesn't kick in for more than a year yet, but state officials are urging homeowners to get a jump on the new curbs by limiting how much grass food they put down now.
At a press conference in Annapolis...
| Apr 20, 2012
A lawn looks so simple; grass growing in soil. Oh, that it were that easy.
Lawns can get diseases, become weed-choked, turn brown and die. They suffer from neglect; they suffer from too much love.
Maintaining a lawn may not require a crash course in...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 7:19 PM
It seems in Maryland politics, there are occasional issues that linger beyond their usefulness. Back when I was a kid, well into my teens and possibly even later than that, Maryland was the only state that didn't require dump trucks to cover their loads....
| Nov 25, 2011
| 12:33 PM
Average temperatures: High 73 Low 53
Rainfall: 2.31 inches
Winter arrives: Dec. 22
Average date for first frost: Dec. 18
1. Moon phases
•First quarter: Dec. 2
•Full moon: Dec. 10
•Last quarter: Dec. 17
| Feb 8, 2012
Why give fresh flowers for Valentine's Day and watch them die. Instead, give an easy-care houseplant that keeps on living and giving.
Costa Farms, which grows in indoor and outdoor plants for specialty retail sales, recommends these 5 houseplants for...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 2:12 PM
This winter, Canada geese are eating the grass down to the bare ground on my waterfront. There's 15 feet of nothing but brown along the edge of the river. It looks terrible. How can I get rid of them?
This is more than unsightly — it is...
| Feb 17, 2012
As certified farmers markets have proliferated in recent years, it may appear as if everyone and his uncle is getting into the game. Some vendors indeed are flourishing, but others have been stretched thin by the expansion and resulting dilution of...