Scouting is a term used in the horticulture industry to describe actively looking for pests and problems in a crop. It is a practice that, when done well, can save a lot of trouble and a good deal of money. Scouting is an important part of integrated pest management (IPM), as it involves emp…

This is a column unlike any you have read or I have published. I am doing an experiment to see how many of my friends and family who say they read my column actually read my column. Everyone says they read my column, but it seems like they have no idea what I am talking about when I mention one.

Q: Although we’ve given our 3-year-old twins a range of toys to play with, our son prefers playing with vehicles of various kinds, while our daughter usually plays with dolls. Over the past few months, they have started playing dress-up, during which both of them dress up in female clothes. …

As I prepared to host company on Memorial Day, I went out in my yard to gather a bouquet. I snipped some shasta daisy, salvia and dusty miller. I was in a hurry, and it wasn’t until I made it back into the house that I noticed some hitchhikers. Tiny ants were running across my hands and up m…

Q: My 15-year-old daughter is slowly driving me insane! She argues with me about everything and always wants the last word. No matter how well I explain the “why?” of a decision to her, she argues. Even when I offer a compromise, she argues. It’s her way or the highway. Is there a solution?

No small number of today’s parents view their children through psychological lenses, especially when it comes to misbehavior. Instead of regarding a given misbehavior as simply an error that needs to be corrected through the application of proper discipline, the parents in question interpret it.

Now that summer weather seems to have arrived, you might notice your plants looking a little heat stressed. Often in the late afternoon, plants will look droopy as they transpire faster than they can take in water. The water vapor exits the leaves and creates a pulling force all the way to t…

Plant diseases in the vegetable garden can be truly devastating. After weeks or even months of care and attention, the losses from a disease can make a gardener question why bother?

A home lawn requires proper maintenance to become healthy and full, and proper mowing, weed management, irrigation, and optimally timed fertilization all play a part. Having a luscious lawn is not a mow-and-forget-it endeavor; instead, it requires consistent oversight and care throughout mos…

Google states that 96.7% of all Americans have television sets. As we all have families, at some point in your life, you have had a debate about what to watch on television.

uestion: Why are crossword puzzles always symmetrical? Example: that which occurs space-wise on the top left corner of the puzzle shows up on the bottom right side. The pattern occurs consistently throughout the puzzle. (Asked by a curious puzzle worker.)

Cut flowers are a delightful way to bring the garden indoors. If you have a variety of flowering plants, a quick trip to your yard can supply a handsome bouquet most weeks during the growing season and even into the winter. Not all flowers make good cut flowers, so a bit of research or trial…