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KickingTiresBy James R. Healey USA TODAY When Japan's Honda Motor announced in 1980 its then-radical decision to build cars in the U.S., the auto business collectively said, "What?" Volkswagen, alone among foreign car companies, was trying limited U.S. production,...
If the Super Bowl is over, can spring and the gardening season be far away? Well, yes. If holidays are the markers on the highway to warm weather, we still have to get through Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and this year's early Easter. Not to...
Tags: St. Patrick's Day, New York City, Holidays, Hobbies, Agriculture
So, is winter ever going to leave us? I feel so bad for all the birds that are migrating back to this yucky weather. Today I noticed my song sparrows are back and juncos are migrating through the area. I threw out a scoop of thistle and sunflower seeds...
Tags: Hobbies, Healthy Diet, Lifestyle and Leisure
Almanac Average temperature: High 83, low 60 Rainfall: 2.42 inches The moon 1. Moon phases •Last quarter: April 3 •New moon: April 10 •First quarter: April 18 •Full moon: April 25 2. Moon-sign planting dates •Above-...
Tags: Chemical Industry, Sweet Potatoes, Salvia, Potatoes, Thyme
Gardening can be great exercise, but few gardeners, me included, take time to warm up and stretch the way we would before any other exercise activity. More gardeners sustain injuries during the spring time than any other time of year. Unless you have...
So have you had your fill of winter? Me, too! If enough snow has melted in your yard, try clipping a couple crabapple, apple, or other flowering tree or shrub branches and bring them indoors to force into bloom. I love to force our native red osier...
Tags: Snow Storms, Hobbies, Lifestyle and Leisure
The month is roaring in like a lion. After last year's drought conditions in the Upper Midwest, farmers certainly appreciate the largesse of white stuff. For the gardeners eager to get out there and dig in the mud, spring may seem farther away than ever....
Tags: University of Chicago, Long Island, Hobbies, Fever, Chills
Q. Winter never really arrived this year, and I have crabgrass that is still growing. If I put down a preemergence herbicide, will it help control this weed? A. Crabgrass has been having a freeze-free winter this year and there is not much possibility...
Tags: Lifestyle and Leisure
The solstice came and went late March. Spring, it tells us, is on the way. A good month later we celebrate the month of flowering -- the season for Morris Dancers and children in white outfits weaving colored ribbons around a May pole. And outside the...
Tags: Hobbies, Lifestyle and Leisure
Along with hydrangeas, I have the most difficulty remembering when and if to prune my clematis. I decided to check out a few university websites for clematis care so I can make notes on when to do what in my garden journal. I've found this to work well...
We were glad to recently reconnect with Barry Donchez in Bethlehem, an inspiring guy who enjoys growing his own food without shelling out a lot of money on gardening supplies. Gardening is a great way to save money. And it could become an increasingly...
What gift is more traditional on Valentine's Day than a bouquet of red roses? Red roses represent respect and a creative spirit. They symbolize romantic love and enduring passion. But as beautiful as they are, cut flowers have a short life. Within days,...
Tags: Lifestyle and Leisure
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