| May 3, 2012
Organic products are getting a lot of buzz these days. They are trendy and becoming part of the consumer purchasing decision in a significant way.
The old rule of thumb used to be that if you are going to eat the skin of the fruit or vegetable buy...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 11:49 AM
Right up there with watching paint dry, watching grass grow is said to be among the most uninteresting of activities. While I've never actually sat in the back yard with a ruler and a pad of paper to keep track of how much longer a blade of grass has...
| May 9, 2012
| 9:48 AM
A series of emails between Gov. Martin O'Malley and Perdue's corporate lawyer shows what an environmental group calls a "cozy relationship" between the two law school classmates as Maryland's chief executive weighs farm pollution regulations of concern to...
| May 9, 2012
| 12:30 PM
New farm regulations being aired this week by Maryland officials would ease first-ever limits on how, when and where the state's farmers can spread animal manure and sewage sludge on their fields.
The "nutrient management" rules, which were posted online...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 1:30 PM
Maryland's law limiting lawn fertilizer practices doesn't kick in for more than a year yet, but state officials are urging homeowners to get a jump on the new curbs by limiting how much grass food they put down now.
At a press conference in Annapolis...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 5:15 AM
As a concerned mother and environmentalist, I want to thank The Sun for its recent article on pollution in the Chesapeake Bay ("Report finds widespread contaminants in the bay," Jan. 22).
Meaningful efforts to significantly improve the bay must...
| Feb 2, 2013
As large-scale poultry farmers are required to do, Alan Hudson of Berlin filed a plan last year with Maryland environmental regulators spelling out how he intended to prevent manure from his flocks from fouling the Chesapeake Bay.
Hudson had hired a...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 3:43 PM
I want to start a compost pile, but I'm worried that kitchen scraps will attract animals from the woods nearby. Any thoughts?
Usually kitchen scraps are a small portion of a pile's ingredients. Most kitchen scraps are small pieces, damaged or bruised....
| Nov 25, 2012
| 1:46 PM
Many people see Thanksgiving leftovers as too much of a good thing and toss them out. Vinnie Bevivino wants those uneaten castoffs and more — he sees a chance to make some green with them while going green.
Bevivino, 31, is the owner of...
| Nov 10, 2012
Is it too late to put fertilizer on my lawn?
All fertilizing must be done before November 15th by law. Tall fescue, a cool season grass most appropriate for Maryland, grows rapidly in the fall. Fertilizing at that time encourages good root growth,...
| Nov 9, 2012
Construction equipment is in place at 2425 Whiteford Road in Whiteford and it appears the long-awaited clean up of arsenic-contaminated soil from a 26-acre parcel at that address is poised to begin any day, according to the Maryland Department of...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 12:47 PM
When the subject of government regulation comes up in political discussions, it generally takes one of two forms. Either a particular regulation is pointless, cumbersome and expensive to comply with so it is an example of why government regulations are...