| 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...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 3:35 PM
Lifting my binoculars, I hold my breath and crane my neck to see the bird who just landed in the Wax Myrtle.
My birding friend "pishes" repeatedly. "Is that a..."
"Yes, yes, I think it is," replies my birding friend in between "pishing."
| Nov 19, 2014
| 12:43 PM
A crowd of ladybugs are huddled in the same corner of my dining room ceiling that they huddled in last year. Why did they return to that spot and how can I discourage this?
The multicolored Asian lady beetles were introduced to eat pest insects. They do...
| 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 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 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 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....
| Oct 5, 2014
| 3:40 AM
From the outside, the little white house looked abandoned. Set back from the quiet residential road and surrounded by towering trees, the place was the picture of neglect, with crooked front steps, a broken railing and a door that had been hung upside...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 12:46 PM
Fall puts on its finery when the ornamental grasses appear — their plumes shimmering and shining in the autumn sun.
Ornamental grasses are also practical in the home garden because birds and small mammals like their small seeds while deer...