| Nov 22, 2014
| 6:30 AM
As I put my gardens to bed for the winter (my zinnia and cleome are still blooming, due to warm autumn days), I'm finally writing a letter I've been meaning to write since my court date in October, when I contested a hefty fine received from Baltimore's...
| Nov 22, 2014
| 11:27 AM
When I was a kid, my father headed for the forest behind our house in Lynchburg, where he searched for the best cedar to cut for our Christmas tree.
Mom wanted nothing but a cedar because the native tree filled the house with a wonderful fragrance no...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 5:19 PM
Rosemary is a wonderful herb. It looks great, smells wonderful and is versatile in the kitchen and, during the summer, it's easy to grow. However, once the weather gets cold, many gardeners have problems with it.
While it seems resistant to the cold,...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 12:45 PM
Fruits and vegetables will be growing in school yards around Fort Lauderdale soon. "You name it, and if it can be grown in Florida, we'll grow it," said Kristina DaSilva, director of marketing and development for HandsOn Broward. The nonprofit is behind a...
| Oct 15, 2014
Mushroom compost is the used growing medium from mushroom farms. The amount, type and quality of materials used to produce the mushroom medium in the first place can vary widely through out the country, and this will affect the characteristics......
| Oct 9, 2014
| 8:03 PM
Do I need to keep weeding in fall? There are only a few little weeds, and wouldn't it be better to spend my time, say, pruning?
A weed pulled in time saves nine — or 90. Many summer weeds are now loaded with thousands of seeds. Also, many weeds...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 4:15 PM
The 2014 Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival this weekend offers plenty for adult birders to see and do. This year, organizers have added activities for kids.
The Children's Outdoor Exploration Exhibit is Saturday at Kiptopeke State Park.
| Sep 30, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Create a welcoming way station for migratory birds flying south for the winter with Capparis cynophallophora, commonly called Jamaica caper.
In spring and summer, this South Florida native shrub produces abundant showy, 2-inch flowers that yield yummy...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Go wild for coreopsis leavenworthii, also known as leavenworth's tickseed.
November's plant of the month also is Florida's official wildflower.
This sunny-faced bloomer produces abundant 1-inch yellow blooms with chocolate centers. As with most...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 8:29 AM
While Florida residents are planting their gardens, our northern neighbors are finishing their harvests. This is what we found at Beach Plum Farm, a community garden site, in Ogunquit, Maine during a trip to check the fall color and garden displays. Few...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 7:44 PM
From promoting the use of alternative modes of transportation to the restoration of a bird pond in a historical park, communities across northern Illinois are using funds received through Green Region grants to preserve, promote and restore open spaces....