| Apr 26, 2007
For a beeline to your garden, try building your own hive. About 30% of the most common feral bees nest in wood tunnels, so entomologist Mace Vaughn suggests starting with a block of non-pressure-treated wood. Drill it full of holes that are 3/32 inch to...
| 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...
| Feb 18, 2010
Fennel, the most fragrant of vegetables, is now at its peak of abundance and quality. Of the half-dozen stands at the Hollywood farmers market that sell it, Finley Organic Farms, which grows the Zefa Fino variety in Santa Ynez, has the sweetest and most...
| Sep 18, 2008
The secret to a fall color paddling trip is flexibility and preparation.
Flexibility, because you have to be ready to drop everything for a perfect day. Which, for a fall canoe trip, means a day at the peak of the color season but unseasonably warm and...
| Jul 3, 2010
The buzz about bees has been bountiful since, geez, the dawn of civilization. Or at least ever since the first striped critter buzzed by any sort of prehistoric thinker.
In ancient times, prevailing wisdom had it that bees were the only creatures who...
| 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,...
| Dec 10, 2008
A songwriter friend of mine once observed that some people can walk around the block and see the whole world while others can go around the world and not see a thing. Food can work the same way. With the current availability of almost anything from almost...
| May 22, 2008
THE classified ad caught Ilse Ackerman's eye: "Lincoln Heights Fixer-Upper. Artist Vision Required. On cul-de-sac." No address was listed.
Intrigued -- and determined -- she and husband Meeno Peluce drove to every cul-de-sac in the area in search of "For...
| May 7, 2008
CALLUSED palms and bandaged fingers; broken fingernails stained black with dirt -- Hollywood actor and director Emilio Estevez proudly shows off his vineyard worker hands as he walks the vine rows.
Four years ago, Estevez planted this half-acre Pinot...
| Feb 15, 2010
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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.
| Apr 15, 2010
With rain soaking their clothing and fogging up their binoculars, 50 researchers and university students armed with butterfly nets and specimen bottles fanned out across Whitewater Canyon at daybreak Monday to take the first full accounting of wildlife in...