| Sep 30, 2011
| 8:11 PM
Question: Why do Jews eat apples dipped in honey as their special New Year food? — S., Huntington, N.Y.
Answer: Every religious tradition finds some way to eat something sweet. Apples and honey are like chocolate Easter bunnies or the candy-...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 9:19 AM
Tropicals will be hot this gardening season.
Forgive the pun, but growers and garden centers are responding to a demand from homeowners for the luxurious foliage and lipstick colors of plants more suited to the South.
And they are offering much more...
| Jul 15, 2012
| 3:58 PM
LOS ANGELES -- Rob McFarland was in his florally vivacious backyard, tending his vegetable plot, when he noticed some honeybees buzzing around a tree. A few minutes later some bees had become tens of thousands.
"The sky was sort of darkened out," he...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 1:57 PM
My friend and I both saw a bright red fuzzy insect on the ground. Never saw anything like it before! She thinks it's an ant, but I think it's a wasp. What say you?
Red velvet ants are wasps, but the females are wingless and that's why they look like ants...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 7:02 AM
I see that this is the time to start a lot of fall vegetables, but they like it cool and my yard is like an oven in the summer. How can I do this?
One way is to start them indoors, even leaf crops like endive. A cool basement works well. When they're a...
| Sep 18, 2008
The secret to a fall color paddling trip is flexibility and preparation.
Flexibility, because you have to be ready to drop everything for a perfect day. Which, for a fall canoe trip, means a day at the peak of the color season but unseasonably warm and...
| Jun 22, 2007
Right around Memorial Day, millions of cicadas descended on northeast Illinois in earnest, buzzing into open car windows, hitching rides through kitchen doorways, swooping into runners' mouths and generally flying all over the place like drunken...
| May 7, 2010
Did you know that a cockroach can live for a week without its head? That an ant can lift 20 times its weight? That the termite queen can rule her colony for 15 to 20 years?
Sally Quick knows this stuff and more. As an Orkin Pest Control (orkin.com) route...
| Jul 3, 2010
The buzz about bees has been bountiful since, geez, the dawn of civilization. Or at least ever since the first striped critter buzzed by any sort of prehistoric thinker.
In ancient times, prevailing wisdom had it that bees were the only creatures who...
| Nov 15, 2007
Don't go into the light. That seems to be the agreed-upon advice from people who make it back down from the heavens after a near-death experience.
Someday, we'll all go into that light -- sorry, but it's true, at least metaphorically -- but very few...
| May 27, 2007
Not so long ago corporate America dismissed environmentally conscious consumers as hemp-wearing hippies with too little buying power to demand much attention.
Now big brands are discovering it pays to go green. In the past six weeks alone Apple Inc....