NEW YORK (AP) — Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, offered lots of hugs to kids at a Harlem public school Friday where she read her children's book to about two dozen students who sat cross-legged with her husband in the play yard.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Canelo Álvarez and Caleb Plant couldn't wait until Nov. 6 to start throwing hands.
The super middleweight champions traded blows at their news conference Tuesday to promote their upcoming title unification bout, and the exchange left Plant with a cut under his right eye.
Things are getting nutty around my garden. Literally. The squirrels have been doing a lot of nut planting, mostly black walnuts, and I’ve joined in the game by removing excess seedlings, letting just a couple of well-placed ones remain.
BANGKOK (AP) — Taxi fleets in Thailand are giving new meaning to the term “rooftop garden,” as they utilize the roofs of cabs idled by the coronavirus crisis to serve as small vegetable plots.
Workers from two taxi cooperatives assembled the miniature gardens this week using black plastic garbage bags stretched across bamboo frames.
For Jared Anderman, of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, switching from gasoline-powered tools to electric ones for lawn care was a no-brainer.
“I’m concerned about climate change and wanted tools that are more eco-friendly, and also quieter.
DUXBURY, Mass. (AP) — “Walk This Way" if you want to live like a rock star.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is selling his home in Duxbury south of Boston for $4.5 million, The Patriot Ledger reported Tuesday.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Be on the lookout for the produce poachers.
Hundreds of pounds of vegetables were stolen from a community garden in suburban Detroit.
The garden is outside the senior center in Macomb County's Clinton Township.
Is your summer a summer of drought? No need to sit back and accept what Mother Nature offers — you can soften the impact of dry weather on your garden.
The time to start preparing for dry conditions is long before they occur, but plans made now will help down the road.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County health officials said Wednesday that there have been 36 confirmed human cases of the West Nile virus so far this season with one fatality.
County Department of Public Health officials said the person who died was an older adult who also had other health conditions.
Odd weather this summer has taken its toll on many gardens. For many the problem is drought, but what if it just keeps raining?
In some gardens, water sits on the surface of the ground or the ground stays slurpy for hours after rain stops.
Losing income is never easy, but it’s become increasingly common over the last year and a half: According to the Pew Research Center, 44 percent of U.S. adults say their household has experienced either job loss (including temporarily) or a pay cut since the beginning of the pandemic, with Hispanic and Asian adults most likely to say so.
PHOENIX (AP) — A police officer has filed a lawsuit seeking to bar the city of Phoenix from continuing its internal investigation of him for allegedly possessing a law enforcement souvenir that depicted a protester getting shot in the groin outside a 2017 rally held by then-President Donald Trump.
NEW YORK (AP) — On an assemblage of vacant lots and other pockets of unused land in the Bronx, gardeners from low-income neighborhoods have banded together to create over a dozen “farm hubs,” coordinating their community gardens and their harvest.
I wince every time someone tells me about their “bramble patch.” For some, those two words might evoke nostalgic, pastoral notions. For me, they call to mind thrashing through a mess of thorny canes to get at not-very-many berries.
SEATTLE (AP) — It’s been a tough summer for agriculture across Washington state.
Crops like berries have struggled under record heat and drought. Now, some worry about how smoke in August could stunt the growth of some crops should the haze intensify and linger, KOMO-TV reported.
Like gardening in general, school gardening has become hugely popular during the pandemic, with families and teachers saying its hands-on lessons can be applied to many subjects.
Finding the expertise, labor and funding to keep a school garden going can be tough.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Globally renowned for its natural beauty, Rio de Janeiro received a new international distinction Tuesday as UNESCO added landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx’s former home to its list of World Heritage sites.
The same hot weather that brings out the best in tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and other summer vegetables makes spinach, lettuce, peas, and other cool-weather vegetables tough and bitter.
Midsummer weather makes the prospect of cool weather seem remote, but of course such weather will return.
Soil, sun, water and seed: The ingredients of a garden are simple, but the final product is never guaranteed. Willing a plot of land into a vibrant state of bloom takes intention, know-how and no small amount of trial and error.
US opioid lawsuits on verge of settlements with 4 companies
NEW YORK (AP) — The three biggest U.S. drug distribution companies and the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson are on the verge of a $26 billion deal to settle lawsuits brought by state and local governments across the country over the toll of prescription opioids, lawyers suing on behalf of local governments said.
Moderating a Facebook gardening group in western New York is not without challenges. There are complaints of wooly bugs, inclement weather and the novice members who insist on using dish detergent on their plants.
Eons ago, the first humans learned to drop seeds into the ground to grow plants for food, for beauty and for fiber. We’ve come a long way developing what plants we grow and how we grow them. And throughout all this time, weeds have tagged along.
In my experience, gardeners often overestimate rainfall. A cloudburst might seem to have thoroughly saturated the ground, but scratch down an inch and you might find bone-dry soil.
Because watering — not too much and not too little — is one of the keys to a successful garden, it pays to be more analytical about that cloudburst.
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — If you’re looking for some fresh local vegetables for your next summer salad, you need look no further than your own backyard. Or, more accurately, Fred and Karen Schubert’s backyard.
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — AppHarvest on Monday continued its fast-paced growth in Kentucky, announcing the start of construction for two more massive indoor farms and its expansion into growing berry crops.
I’ll bet that in some corner of your toolshed or garage, an old hoe is leaning against a wall. A hoe that hasn’t seen use in a long, long time, having been replaced by, perhaps, a gasoline- or electric-powered tiller, chemical weed killers, or mulches.
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (AP) — A black bear was spotted wandering in a residential area in Chesterfield County southwest of Richmond.
WRIC-TV reports that the bear was seen near the area known as Enon and that it damaged some yards.
WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) — Derissa Davis’ energy seemed to know no bounds on May 8 as she pursued her community’s vision of turning an abandoned lot into a vegetable garden that will serve families in the surrounding food desert.
OK, so you’ve got your vegetable and flower transplants in the ground, their roots are reaching out into surrounding soil, and stems are starting to grow.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman is recovering from a fall off a ladder prompted by a surprise snake bite.
Heatherly Noble was trimming hedges outside the front door of her Mooresville home on May 15 when a non-venomous black racer emerged from the bush and bit her, news outlets reported.
The weather has warmed up, a lot of vaccines have gotten into a lot of arms, and many of us are getting ready to gather with friends (following all CDC safety guidelines) for the first time in well over a year.
GIVERNY, France (AP) — Beneath the scudding clouds and amid the luscious blooms, the gardeners tend the flowerbeds that were the pride and joy of impressionist painter Claude Monet, with pink and white striped tulips, diaphanous peonies, sky-blue forget-me-nots and myriad other flowers together creating a living art work.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A private liberal arts college in South Carolina has dedicated an environmental studies center that opened at the beginning of this academic year.
By now, you probably know what kind of soil you have out there in your “back 40.” If planting that rose bush brought up wads of gummy goo, you know to call it clay. If instead you scooped up gritty particles that didn’t clump together, you have the other extreme, a sand...
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle and King County Public Health Department reported the first rabies-positive bat of 2021 on Monday.
A Sammamish resident recently had a close call when they found a bat in their yard and attempted to move it with gardening gloves, the Seattle Times ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Gus and Mary Picardo have been eating their own homegrown lettuce since February...
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Gus and Mary Picardo have been eating their own homegrown lettuce since February...
A path is a feature too often overlooked in a garden or landscape. Maybe it lacks functionality, or beauty, or it’s needed — but just not there...
CHICAGO (AP) — The planned Obama Presidential Center is getting design advice from the Chicago Botanic Garden...
NEW YORK (AP) — Front stoops have long welcomed visitors to city homes, and have served as gathering spots for friends and neighbors engaging in what urban design activist Jane Jacobs called “the sidewalk ballet...
The new season of spring shows has begun, and viewership is way up by all accounts.
We’re not talking about screens, which we’ve all been glued to during the pandemic...
The gardening world has a tried-and-true formula for the perfect window box: a thriller, a filler and a spiller...
LONDON (AP) — People across Britain flocked to shed shaggy locks and browse for clothes, books and other “non-essential” items as shops, gyms, hairdressers, restaurant patios and beer gardens reopened Monday after months of lockdown...
Spring in the vegetable or flower garden is a carefully orchestrated series of events. The goal is to keep things moving forward with the warming season, taking into account weather predictions and, because those are just predictions, average spring warming trends where you garden...
If you’ve never grown your own transplants for your garden, perhaps this is the year to do it. It’s economical, it allows you to grow varieties you might not be able to buy as transplants, it’s satisfying and it’s easy...
Not so long ago, orchids were regarded as rare and exotic. But these days, thanks to new propagation techniques, certain varieties are mass-produced...
No matter that winter winds and snow still come and go in much of the country. The sun’s earlier rising and higher climb into the sky let us know that spring is on the way...
The deadly winter storms that have wreaked havoc in large swaths of the country recently can also damage trees and shrubs...
Deep into this pandemic winter, it can be hard to remember what a refuge gardens were last spring and summer...
Removing ice from roads and walkways in winter might be essential for safety, but salt can be damaging to plants and soil...