The drought of the past two years has made it increasingly difficult for gardening enthusiasts and landscapers alike. However, dry weather does bring about one nice benefit - fewer Japanese beetles and lawn diseases.
I never see figs without thinking of my grandmother and mother-in-law; they both loved them.
To New York City, once I went to do a photo shoot for the cover of a book.
Here's an interesting tip that you've probably never heard before. You can cook regular popcorn in the microwave without having to buy the more expensive microwave popcorn. Simply put a small amount of popcorn in a paper lunch sack, fold the top down twice and then put two staples in the top to hold it in place. (No, the two staples will not cause the microwave to explode. The mass of the two staples is so small that they're not affected by the microwave at all.) It works like a charm!
Working for free may not appeal to most people, but for those who truly love gardening, a little digging in the dirt without pay is not a problem.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the incidence of diabetes increased 15 percent, or by 3 million people, since 2005. Currently, 24 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 57 million have abnormally high blood sugar levels that indicate that they have prediabetes.
Being a child of the '70s, television has a powerful influence on me. It can even test the core of my Southern woman being, as it did recently.
If you do a lot of cooking in the kitchen, you need this: A pair of welder's gloves. I'm serious. Don't waste your time with the low-quality pot holders and oven mitts. Welder's gloves are designed for extreme heat and are seriously durable. You can find them at any of the home improvement stores and they're cheap.
She's now grown out of it, but Chloe used to carry a pink, fluffy blanket around with her. As she walked through the house, she'd have a thumb stuck in her mouth and that blanket bunched in her arms.
Question: Since fall is right around the corner, when is the best time to prune woody ornamentals and fruiting plants?
Plant species brought into an area where they did not ecologically develop or where they are not considered native, are often termed exotic.
Do you, a family member or friend have diabetes?
An e-mail arrived one day from a dear, old friend who was once my boss when he was managing editor of a daily newspaper where I worked during college and which was later my first full-time job.
I need to start off by giving kudos to reader Daniel Franklin. He solved an age-old dilemma that home repair people have had for years. He discovered the secret of how you can get multiple uses from one can of spray insulating foam. (OK, for those of you who don't know what spray foam is, it's basically an aerosol can that sprays out a foam that expands and hardens. It's great for filling cracks and gaps around your home and making it more airtight. "GREAT STUFF" is the brand most people are familiar with and you can ...
Marriage isn't designed to make you happy; it is designed to make you married.
Over time the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density, resulting in problems for any gardener.
You might not know this, but in addition to being a foodie, I am also a wedding planner.
When I went off to seminary in Texas, I left many of my personal belongings at my parents' house.
Thanks to my grandmother, I am now at peace with Kenny Rogers.
The carburetor is a time-honored device that may yet see its 150th birthday. But it's disappearing almost completely from the automotive scene.
Winter is a great time to get outside to prune plants while they are in their dormant state.
It's much too early to give up on your health and fitness goals.
What if I told you that you could receive three shots and prevent three different kinds of cancers in women, at least two in men, and decrease the number of visits for women to their OB/GYN's office? Well, one vaccine has the power to do just that.
Words can hurt. Believe me, I know. If you've ever written a column and gotten some less-than-loving feedback, you understand.
The past two weeks have shown how different the weather can be in Europe, compared to the U.S.
If you have ever come into my office to ask a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I request is a soil sample.
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