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Opt for fundamentals, not flash, when shopping for plants

Dec. 10, 2019 12:32 PM EST

Gardeners skimming the newly arrived 2020 seed catalogs should probably spend less time on the tempting photographs and more time focusing on what retailers call ``shopping filters." That means selecting plants based on their performance rather than their flash. ``Having some facts about what a plant needs and...

Miami Marlins join MLB's trend toward artificial turf

Dec. 4, 2019 5:26 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins will join Major League Baseball's trend toward artificial turf by installing the surface at Marlins Park for 2020, and they'll move in the fences for the second time in four years. CEO Derek Jeter said an artificial surface solves the challenge the Marlins have had growing...

Bring spring indoors early — very early — by forcing bulbs

Dec. 3, 2019 10:50 AM EST

Daffodils sitting on a windowsill against a backdrop of white snow make a fragrant and pretty midwinter scene. This picture, with bulbs “forced” for early bloom, takes planning that should start now. Choose plump, fresh-looking bulbs from those now on display at garden centers, hardware stores and...

Howard has Michigan rolling entering big game at Louisville

Dec. 2, 2019 1:38 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Juwan Howard breaks out the Cabbage Patch dance only for special occasions. He did it when he finally became an NBA champion player with the Miami Heat in 2012. He did it again the next year, when the Heat won another title and he was transitioning to a coaching life. Heat players like Dwyane...

Wintertime mulching, watering helps drought-sensitive plants

Nov. 25, 2019 8:50 AM EST

Wind-driven air and too little precipitation are common wintertime side effects that can damage drought-sensitive trees, lawns and shrubs. You can help remedy that by watering while temperatures are still above freezing and before the ground hardens. Adding mulch also insulates plants, enriches topsoil and...

Father sues pumpkin patch where son was killed by inflatable

Nov. 22, 2019 8:14 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The father of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was killed when a wind gust flipped the inflatable jumping pad where he and his sister were playing has filed a wrongful death suit against the owners of the pumpkin patch where it happened. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Edward...

Eerie plants’ season didn’t end with Halloween

Nov. 19, 2019 8:31 AM EST

If you’re missing Halloween, there are some eerie indoor and outdoor plants that carry the spooky season into winter and beyond. Let’s start with bat plant (Tacca integrifolia), which blooms year-round. The blossoms are neither bright, cheery nor attractive, except in a curiously ominous way. Atop...

Take advantage of seasonal pause to make 2020 garden plans

Nov. 12, 2019 9:43 AM EST

The outdoor growing season is over in most of the U.S., and it's time to pause and take stock. Review those gardening impressions that delighted you as well as those that disappointed. Apply what one veteran planter calls "creative staring" to improve the look of your landscape and the rewards of your harvest....

From music therapy to heavy metal: A boy's drumming journey

Nov. 9, 2019 9:01 AM EST

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — With blazing red hair, sticks firmly in hand, and a focused look on his face, Cade Suddith took the stage at the Great Pumpkin Patch festival at Old National Pike Park in early October. Cade, 10, and his band, Electric Rainbow, were the first group scheduled to perform at the festival...

Try something new with uncommonly delicious (and ugly) fruit

Nov. 5, 2019 10:43 AM EST

As I savor one of my just-picked American persimmons (Diospyros virginiana), I'm reminded how this fruit — and a few other delectable fruits — would never sell. Why not? Because they're ugly! Although the persimmons hung from the branches as handsome, plump, orange orbs up to a few weeks ago, by now...