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How to find that tricky balance between lawn and not-lawn. And care for it sustainably

Jun. 11, 2024 12:40 PM EDT

In lawn care, as in politics, an extreme, black-or-white approach can be impractical and turn off the masses. But in the garden, at least, gray can be the perfect shade of green. Take, for instance, the No Mow May movement. Is it necessary to allow your entire property to turn into a...

Yes, you can have a tidy native-plant garden. Here are some tips

Jun. 04, 2024 08:38 AM EDT

For decades, native plants were relegated to the “weed” section of many American gardeners' minds. Most nurseries didn’t stock them. But that’s slowly changing. Native plants provide food and shelter for bees, butterflies, birds and other beneficial critters. They...

Luckily for cooks and gardeners, some herbs come back year after year

May. 28, 2024 08:07 AM EDT

If you like to cook, odds are you’re painfully aware of the price of herbs at the supermarket. But for the cost of a 1- or 2-ounce plastic clamshell packet, you can buy a plant that will produce aromatic herbs for your kitchen all summer long – and even year after year. Perennial...

Why you should take steps if you see a grayish powder on your plants. It's powdery mildew

May. 21, 2024 07:39 AM EDT

As the growing season progresses, keep an eye out for a white or grayish-white powder on your plants. That’s powdery mildew, a fungus that affects a wide range of fruits, vegetables and flowers, coating their leaves, stems, blossoms and, in severe cases, entire plants. It isn’t pretty. ...

If your soil's no good or you don't have any, grow your garden plants in straw bales

May. 14, 2024 08:04 AM EDT

If you’d like to install a raised bed but don’t have the resources to build one, you can achieve the same effect by growing your plants in straw bales. It’s also a great option for those with poor soil or who don’t have a patch of dirt to call their own. Typically used as...

How to turn a supermarket bouquet into a lusher, more personalized flower arrangement

May. 09, 2024 08:38 AM EDT

If your heart is telling you to give someone a luxurious bouquet of flowers, but your wallet is telling you to shop at the supermarket, fear not: With a bit of imagination and creativity, you can transform a simple, low-cost bouquet into a stunning floral arrangement. Jennifer...

Making cut flowers last well beyond Mother's Day

May. 07, 2024 08:55 AM EDT

There’s nothing quite like receiving a fresh bouquet of cut flowers. They can cheer up a room, bring a bit of nature indoors and, if you’re lucky, release a heavenly fragrance. But nothing kills that vibe quicker than stinky, slimy, wilted flowers poking out of a vase full of...

The Met Gala was in full bloom with Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez, Mindy Kaling among the standout stars

May. 06, 2024 23:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Met Gala and its fashionista A-listers on Monday included Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya and a parade of others in a swirl of flora and fauna looks on a green-tinged carpet lined by live foliage. Lopez went for silver leaves in a second-skin goddess gown and Zendaya...

Flowers aren't the only way to add color to a garden. How to paint with foliage

May. 01, 2024 09:03 AM EDT

When we want to add color to the garden, most of us set our sights on flowers. But many leaf-forward plants can outlast and even outcompete those with colorful blossoms. For starters, foliage plants don’t wax and wane or have a limited bloom time. In addition, many can brighten up...

Book Review: Novelist Amy Tan shares love of the natural world in 'The Backyard Bird Chronicles'

Apr. 30, 2024 16:59 PM EDT

Birdwatching has become a cherished pastime for many since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when people stuck at home for months looked out their windows for entertainment and immersed themselves into the natural world, many of them for the first time. Best-selling novelist Amy...