| May 13, 2013
Some of a gardener's best friends are bugs. Yes, bugs. Many of the insects and other creepy-crawlies in our flower beds and vegetable patches and on trees are doing good work. Most are harmless, though there are a few that might do our plants...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 10:29 AM
At least 22 children are dead after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with an insecticide at a school in a small village in Bihar, India. More than 30 children remain hospitalized, most in serious condition.
On Tuesday, the children, ages 5 to...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 8:12 AM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Indian authorities on Wednesday were trying to determine how food served as part of a free school lunch program got tainted with insecticide, leading to the deaths of at least 22 children and the hospitalization of more than...
| 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......
| Sep 24, 2012
| 4:44 PM
News is not good for dooryard citrus when it comes to the Citrus Greening Disease that entered Florida about seven years ago. It’s a bacterial disease most gardeners are not going to remember by another common name huanglongbing, but you can also...
| May 31, 2011
| 6:55 PM
Just in time for cookout season, some unsettling news arrives for guacamole and salsa lovers: Federal testing turned up a wide array of unapproved pesticides on the herb cilantro — to an extent that surprises and concerns government scientists....
| Aug 4, 2012
As the Midwest crunches into sweet corn season, a new type will be appearing on grocery store shelves — even though shoppers have no way to recognize it.
It's genetically modified sweet corn from the biotech giant Monsanto, engineered to resist a...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 5:03 PM
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Injecting a bacteria into mosquitoes can block them from transmitting the dengue virus and help control the spread of a disease that kills 20,000 annually in more than 100 countries, scientists said.
In two papers published in the...
| Jan 17, 2011
| 10:58 AM
There are lots of helpful articles out there about bringing your plants in for the winter. In general, they say that you should get plants used to indoor conditions gradually, and that you should inspect them for pests and try......
| Apr 29, 2011
| 4:38 PM
Walking down the garden path has become a real pleasure. I like to look at the flowers and see some of the wildlife too. But at this time of the year there is yet another dimension – the fragrant gardenias. Did you know there are lots of gardenia...