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Add beauty, function to your garden with a path

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. A well-designed path can do more tha...

Consider easy, more sustainable alternatives to peat moss

It may be time to say goodbye to Pete in the garden. Peat Moss, that is. Peat has been a great helper for years, especially with seedlings. It's made our potting mixes better able to...

Eerie plants’ season didn’t end with Halloween

If you’re missing Halloween, there are some eerie indoor and outdoor plants that carry the spooky season into winter and beyond. Let’s start with bat plant (Tacca integrifolia), whic...

Try something new with uncommonly delicious (and ugly) fruit

As I savor one of my just-picked American persimmons (Diospyros virginiana), I'm reminded how this fruit — and a few other delectable fruits — would never sell. Why not? Because they're ugly! ...

Plan now for the best tomatoes next year

A myth among tomato lovers is that home-grown tomatoes taste best. Not true! The best varieties of tomatoes are what taste best, whether they're grown on a farm or in a backyard. Wha...

Garden Conservancy lets you peek at some private gardens

What are your plans for the weekend? Consider garden hopping. To some special private gardens. An organization called The Garden Conservancy makes it easy to find and visit them. ...

BC-US--AP Lifestyles Digest, US

NOT FOR PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST Here is the AP Lifestyles digest for the week of Dec. 18. To receive the AP Lifestyles digest by email, contact sacoca@ap.org. ...