| Jul 3, 2010
Bees need us, and we need them.
If you plant a succession of spring, summer and fall flowering plants in your yard, bees have a continual source of nectar.
In return, they help pollinate plants in our home vegetable gardens or farm fields.
| Feb 15, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Some ordinary, unassuming household objects have hidden superpowers. And most of these items cost less than a couple of bucks. There are cult followings of vinegar and duct tape. Entire tomes have been written about the virtues of baking soda.
| Jul 22, 2010
It used to be that a peach was a peach and a plum was a plum, and that was it. Now, however, breeders are coming up with complex hybrids between species, such as fruits that are a combination of peaches, apricots and plums, and cherries or nectarines...
| Jan 22, 2008
Organic and natural personal care products are hot sellers -- and getting hotter -- as more big consumer products firms and retailers rush to supply growing demand for natural toothpastes, skin creams, soap, shampoos, makeup and the like.
| Jan 15, 2010
Reyah Carlson has been stung by bees more than 25,000 times. On purpose.
Carlson is a practitioner of apitherapy, a controversial form of alternative medicine that uses bee venom to treat everything from arthritis to multiple sclerosis.
| Jun 10, 2007
The dead bees under Dennis vanEngelsdorp's microscope were like none he had ever seen.
He had expected to see mites or amoebas, perennial pests of bees. Instead, he found internal organs swollen with debris and strangely blackened. The bees' intestinal...
| Feb 22, 2010
| 1:34 PM
It might happen tonight. Or tomorrow. But it won't happen gradually. It will come all at once. All over Los Angeles, the first pink buds of jasmine will erupt into sprays of new white flowers. The display will be chaste enough for a wedding arbor -- until...
| Dec 5, 2009
Caleb Siemon peered into the gaping glow of the furnace and, with a few careful turns of his blowpipe, deftly gathered a fist-sized blob of molten glass, just as he has thousands of times. His hands, as leathered and cracked as a sunbaked saddle from 10...
| Apr 12, 2009
Sunflower, goldenrod, dandelion, canary. Accessories, outerwear and even cocktail dresses are beaming shades of yellow, which was all over the runways of New York and Europe and has taken hold as the color of the season.
That's a little daunting for...
| Apr 12, 2009
To celebrate Earth Day, April 22, mass-market retailers Anthropologie and Target are offering eco-friendly, easy-on-the-pocketbook styles that will land in stores by this weekend
Anthropologie collaborated with Dublin, Ireland-based Edun (founded by...
| Jul 27, 2008
It was Day 42 of the Zaca Fire. A tower of white smoke reached miles into the blue sky above the undulating ridges of Santa Barbara's backcountry.
Helicopters ferried firefighters across the saw-toothed terrain and bombed fiery ridges with water. Long...
| Mar 31, 2009
Kirk Anderson bought his first honeybees from a Montgomery Ward catalog in 1970.
The 3-pound cage came in the mail, and as he opened it and fed the bees sugar water, his lifelong passion with Apis mellifera began.
Nearly 40 years later, Anderson, 61,...