Los Angeles County Halts Use of Roundup Until Safety Risks Can Be Determined

Shortly after a California court linked glyphosate, the herbicide in the popular weed killer Roundup, to a plaintiff’s cancer, Los Angeles County officials ordered a moratorium on that same weed killer, citing a need for further research on the herbicide’s safety risks. “I am asking county departments to stop the use of this herbicide until public health and environmental professionals can determine if it’s safe for further use in L.A.…

Gardening Made Easy With Straw Bales!

Image credit: Ruth Temple @ Flickr Gardening can be tricky even when you are graced with good soil, but what if you’re dealing with unpleasant growing conditions? Or does the very idea of endless weeding give you a backache? Starting a straw bale garden this spring may be the answer to all your gardening prayers. This method of gardening uses bales of straw as your garden beds — with no soil — and is a versatile,…

Florida Lifts Ban on Front-Yard Vegetable Gardens

Credit: Todd Anderson New York Times, Orlando couple will now be able to keep vegetable garden Florida passes law saying cities can’t stop people from growing food on their own property, even in their front yards. State lawmakers in Florida have told cities they must respect citizens’ property rights, and seemingly even more basic right to grow their own food. They just passed a bill “prohibiting local governments from regulating vegetable gardens…

Keto Garden – Easy Low Carb Vegetables You Can Grow At Home!

One thing you may have noticed about a plant-based diet – it’s expensive!  Growing your own Keto garden and these five low-carb vegetables can save money while providing you with fresh, local produce for your family.  After all, you can’t get more local and fresh than your own backyard!  Tips for growing in container-growing, too, for you small space gardeners. Five Low-Carb Vegetables to Grow There are a lot of…

A Cool National Gardening Day Giveaway

National Gardening Day (April 14) is almost here and, to commemorate this very special day, we are giving away a prize package featuring several newly released gardening books from Cool Springs Press, a leading publisher of step-by-step how-to books for both DIY gardening and home improvement! What better way to celebrate National Gardening Day than to be curled up with some great gardening reads! This cool giveaway includes the following…

Leisure Season Raised Planter Box Giveaway

Bring gardening to a comfortable height! In this week’s Gardening Know How giveaway, you have the opportunity to win a raised planter box from Leisure Season! This durable raised planter box (36”W x 24″D x 36”H) creates an optimum gardening environment with the following features: • Brings gardening to a comfortable height. Eliminates hands and knees gardening• Cuts weeding and fertilizing in half and creates an optimum planting environment. •…

Gardening for just 10 minutes a week can cut risk of death, study suggests

Walking or gardening for just 10 minutes per week could cut the risk of death, new research suggests. Even low levels of physical activity are linked to a reduced chance of dying from cancer, cardiovascular disease and other illnesses, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The researchers said spending just a little time on active leisure pursuits could bring health benefits. The study analysed…

Backyard biodiversity: A few tips for gardening for wildlife

Plants are big business in Florida. According to the University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences’ most recent survey, sales related to the environmental horticulture industry accounted for over $10.7 billion in 2015 of which native plant sales were estimated at $427 million. Nurseries employ over 19,000 people around the state. More people are flocking into local businesses and farmer’s markets for flowers to attract butterflies, bees and…

Save bees by holding back on the mowing, gardeners urged

Gardeners should leave at least a strip of their lawn un-mowed this summer to help halt the decline in bees, experts have said. Perfectly manicured grass is depriving the crucial pollinating insects of the wildflowers they need to feed on, according to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). A major study by the organization, published on Tuesday, shows wild bees and hoverflies have suffered widespread losses across the UK…