| Jul 10, 2012
| 11:48 AM
Each week a nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center provides a guest post. This week, Shanti Lewis, RD, CNSD, CSP, weighs in on organic food.
Should you choose the organic strawberries versus conventional ones? Both are bright and...
| Aug 6, 2012
| 4:14 PM
Your next smartphone screen or TV display might be brighter, the synthetic oil in your car might perform better and computer chips might be more durable — all thanks to minuscule particles that are starting to be manufactured in Baltimore....
| Aug 6, 2012
| 11:31 AM
Each week a nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center provides a guest post to The Baltimore Sun's health blog Picture of Health (baltimoresun.com/pictureofhealth), which is printed here. This week, Karen Kolowski weighs in on...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 4:11 PM
People with old boxwoods are being warned not to plant new boxwoods nearby, but what about those of us with no boxwoods who want some? They're so deer-resistant.
The new and highly contagious boxwood blight disease has made it unwise, for the present,...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 3:48 PM
HARTFORD — A bill to ban genetically modified grass seed before it arrives in Connecticut hit a wall of opposition in the state House Thursday, going down to defeat despite warnings that GMO seeds could bring a dangerous wave of toxic herbicides...
| Dec 4, 2013
Both Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove officials report their villages are making progress in the emerald ash borer crisis.
Arlington Heights' 50/50 cost-share program ran from May 2012 through October this year and a total of 1,600 properties...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 4:23 AM
Many homeowners become concerned if they see tumor-like growths on twigs or leaves of their oak trees. These abnormal swellings which are made of plant tissue are called galls and are stimulated to form by the activity of insects known......
| Sep 10, 2013
My wife and I recently bought a 20-year-old home. We have a pine tree in our backyard, though I am not sure what kind of pine tree it is. Many of the tree's needles are turning brown and falling off. Some fall off with just a slight breeze, and others...
| Sep 4, 2013
Among termites, powder post beetles and other borers, carpenter bees are the masters. They work nonstop producing a stream of sawdust. They drill straight in, sideways, even upside down, making holes in siding, trim and the structure of your home. And...
| May 3, 2013
| 4:26 PM
Master Gardener Barb sent a good article about a new pest: Last summer for the first time I noticed leafminer tunnels in the leaves of some of my daylily cultivars. I was familiar with the unsightly mines left by insects......
| Oct 7, 2013
Q. I have ornamental grasses that have become droopy and fall over. Why does this happen and what should I do?
A. Seasonal rains, hot weather and maybe a little fertilizer have encouraged lots of good growth. Many of the ornamental grasses do become...
| Sep 28, 2013
Average temperatures: High 85, low 65
Rainfall: 2.73 inches
1. Moon phases
•New moon: Oct. 4
•First quarter: Oct. 11
•Full moon: Oct. 18
•Last quarter: Oct. 26
2. Moon-sign planting dates