| Feb 25, 2014
| 6:00 AM
There are many reasons investors enter the movie business. "Enticed by Charlie Sheen" isn't usually one of them.
On a vacation to Los Angeles a few years ago, Joe Newcomb, a Texas entrepreneur who has made millions in the fertilizer business, accepted...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 4:26 PM
Every summer I try to grow one new vegetable in my garden. This summer it was Brussels sprouts. I love roasted Brussels sprouts, but never bothered to try to grow them. They are part of the cabbage family, and I......
| Aug 16, 2013
| 8:00 AM
METAIRIE, La. — In the summer of 1992, an aspiring filmmaker named Craig Borten drove from Los Angeles to Dallas to see a man named Ron Woodroof. Borten was just a few years out of Syracuse University and didn't know what kind of movies he wanted to...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 4:39 PM
National parks from the Sierra Nevada to the Great Smoky Mountains are increasingly being fertilized by unwanted nutrients drifting through the air from agricultural operations, putting some of the country’s most treasured natural landscapes at risk...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 4:30 PM
August might not seem like the perfect time to be sowing seed, but for some plants the timing is perfect. Just this week, I sowed seed for some of my favorite fall vegetable crops as well as for a few spring blooming biannual flowers.
Cool season crops...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 10:39 AM
Here's a friendly, informative e-mail I recently received: "My name is Joey, an intern at TerraCycle, a company that makes innovative home and garden products from a variety of non-recyclable materials. Our products are all natural, recycled, made...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The distinguished members of the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (bet you didn't even know we had a chapter here) will be gathering this September to hear about seaweed.
Connecticut seaweed to be exact. The kind of seaweed that...
| Nov 20, 2013
Help Zimmerman cope
The continuing news about George Zimmerman and his run-ins with the law give me pause. When a person is charged with a crime and found not guilty — but remains a target of attention — steps should be taken to help that...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 3:28 PM
Nitrates from agricultural fertilizer could continue to leach into groundwater for at least 80 years after initial use, according to researchers who conducted a long-term study of nitrogen uptake.
Using isotope tracers, scientists followed the fate of...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:04 AM
Orchid blooms are beloved by many, but they can intimidate budding gardeners.
Joan Connors, retired greenhouse manager of the American Orchid Society, has a few tips to help beginners keep plants healthy, happy and blooming.
"I love growing orchids,...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 3:53 PM
WASHINGTON — Federal authorities have cited the operator of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant that exploded in April for 24 safety violations including the unsafe handling and storage of chemicals, and have proposed $118,300 in penalties.
| Oct 15, 2013
I have a bed by a brick wall where I plant petunias every year so they drape down. I count on them for color. This year, the petunias in the bed did well for about a month. Then suddenly they were dead. It looked like they had dried up from the root. I...