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…

How gardening may be helping people live longer

Gardening saved Mary Lou Heard’s life. In the 1970s, Heard, who would later become known as Orange County’s patron saint of cottage gardens, went through a divorce that was so devastating she was hospitalized. On the grounds of the hospital, there was a small neglected garden. Mary Lou got down on her hands and knees and, for the first time in a long time, she would later write, felt peace.…

Portland’s ban on synthetic pesticides goes into effect

As snowbanks recede and temperatures inch higher, Mainers’ minds will inevitably turn to green lawns and lush gardens. But Portlanders need to think twice before picking up that bottle of Roundup or bag of weed and feed. Beginning this year, the use of synthetic pesticides is prohibited in Maine’s largest city, unless an emergency waiver is granted. The city has delayed the ban for some publicly owned athletic fields and…

Finally, a Drug for Postpartum Depression—But There Is a Catch

The first-ever drug approved specifically for postpartum depression is here. The effects kick in much faster than traditional antidepressants, and that makes a big difference for new moms. SunKids/Shutterstock You’ve just given birth, you’re holding your beautiful newborn in your arms, and yet you can’t enjoy this moment you’ve been dreaming of for nine long months because your world feels like it’s crashing down around you. This is the feeling…

8 Ways Juuls Can Cause Lung Cancer

Heating releases potentially toxic chemicals Steve Heap/Shutterstock “Although e-cigarettes are noncombustible, the heating process does release chemicals such as formaldehyde, which are known carcinogens,” says Amy M. Ahasic, MD, MPH, section chief, pulmonary and critical care medicine at Norwalk Hospital, WCHN. “While the individual components of e-liquids—propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, flavoring, nicotine—are safe and approved for consumption, when they are heated, as they are with the Juul device, they create…

15 Little White Lies Everyone Is Guilty of Telling Every Day

“You did great” iStock/Andrew Rich Other than the fact that you failed miserably, that is. We all want to know that we’re successful at whatever it is we’re doing. It’s good for our self-esteem. And, as has been reported over and over, to that end, our society has gone crazy slapping each other on the back or awarding trophies for coming in 12th. But even kids as young as four…

Spot Spreader: The Multi-Season Hand Tool That Spreads Everything You Need

Smart gardeners: lighten up. Stop dragging around those heavy bags! Sometimes even the most phenomenal gardeners could use a little help. Spreading garden seed or fertilizer evenly, just in the spots where it’s needed, can be quicker and easier than you think. Your shed is probably loaded with fertilizers, soils and seeds that require your precious manual labor. Hauling bags around the yard can be, literally, a real pain. Finding…

12 Subtle Signs of Child Abuse That Are Easy to Miss

Advice Look beyond just physical bruises. Changed behavior, aggressive role play, lack of boundaries… these are all red flags. The tragic scope of child abuse fidjei/Shutterstock Every year more than three million reports of child abuse are made in the United States, according to ChildHelp. Child abuse is when a parent or caregiver—whether through action or failure to act—causes injury, death, emotional harm, or risk of serious harm to a…

13 of the Most Hilarious “Take Your Daughter to Work” Stories

Parenting Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of April, Take Your Daughter to Work Day is a time to introduce your child to the office candy bowl and other important adult stuff. “Thanks for the STDs, I mean, memories!” KK Tan/Shutterstock “I work in IT and my job is basically just staring at code on a computer all day. So when my ten-year-old daughter, Sadie, came with me for Take Your…