| Jun 26, 2014
| 6:15 AM
Many supposedly bee-friendly flowers and home garden plants being sold by major retailers have been pretreated with pesticides implicated in bee declines, according to a study by Friends of the Earth and other organizations, including the Maryland...
| May 2, 2014
| 1:27 PM
How can I save pollinators like honeybees and still use pesticides when I need them?
Some pesticides, such as horticultural oil or soap, are effective and have low impact on beneficial insects. Call the Home and Garden Information Center for tips 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,...
| 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
| 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...
| 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 22, 2005
The sun begins its descent toward distant pines as Paul Nuwer taxis the white, twin-engine turboprop plane onto Runway 3-4 at Cambridge Dorchester Municipal Airport.
Nuwer revs the engines to 42,000 rpm, releases the brake and accelerates the aircraft to...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 11:14 AM
Question: Our agapanthus flowered well this year and now have green seed pods at the ends of many stems. Do you plant the entire pod or open them to grow more agapanthus?
Answer: Agapanthus plantings, also known as lilies of the Nile, have flourished...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 9:00 PM
In recent months, I've been concerned about the level of credence being given to some reports covering honey bees and colony decline, especially those that claim that a bee-apocalypse is coming and that bees will most definitely be extinct within a few...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 5:20 AM
The following editorial appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Sunday, July 27:
For more than a decade, scientists have been trying to solve the mystery of honeybees disappearing by the millions.
There are many suspects, but one has become the focus of...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 9:08 PM
Many plants being marketed in nurseries and garden centers as beneficial to bees have been treated with an insecticide some scientists believe to be harmful to bee colonies, according to a study made public Wednesday by an environmental group.
| Apr 12, 2013
| 4:45 PM
Spring birds are arriving in Connecticut. Eastern phoebes returned recently, and before the end of April we'll be seeing and hearing barn swallows, tree swallows and purple martins.
Those four birds are among 17 species native to our state that eat only...