When it comes to perennials, putting the right plant in the right garden location is key to plant survival with minimal gardener input.
Cole crops is the general term used to describe broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale and kohlrabi. Harvesting vegetables at the right stage of maturity results in nutritious, high-quality produce.
Resveratrol is a substance found in red wine, coming from grape skins. One study in rats showed that it improved lifespan, and many people were interested in it.
A recent study revealed that the number of deaths from senior falls has tripled. This is not new. A 2015 study also concluded that the number of falls was increasing, even when America’s growing senior population was taken into account.
June is the season for berries. Sweet, juicy summer berries are like the healthy “candy” of the food world. Not only are berries nutritious, new research indicates that eating berries also may help stave off the cognitive decline and memory loss that come with aging.
All medicines should be stored in a cool and dark place, as direct sunlight and heat can damage their effectiveness. Hormones, such as oral contraceptive pills, thyroid hormone and insulin, are among the most sensitive.
Ten-year-old Josh and his 7-year-old sister, Naomi, might have the best lemonade stand going in their small town situated over the hill from Silicon Valley, California. It all started when their mom asked, “Where does money come from?”
Flowers were an important part of the lives of Americans from the 1880s to 1950s. Technology had advanced to a time when pottery could be made in multiples in molds and large kilns.
So many family photos hide in our computers, scrapbooks and photo albums. Some make it into frames on a dresser or piano. But how about taking a step beyond photos, and display an original portrait on a wall in your home?
Sonara Smart Dodd was raised by her father, a widower with six children. Dodd wanted to honor her father and fathers everywhere by establishing an official equivalent to Mother’s Day. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support.
It is June Dairy Month and time to celebrate our local dairy farmers and the nutritious products they work so hard to produce. This month, the St. Louis District Dairy Council is launching a campaign called “Let’s Start A Cowversation” to get others talking about what? Dairy, of course!
It’s time to read food labels again. If you’ve grabbed the same cans off the grocery shelves over the years, there’s every possibility the ingredients have changed. You won’t know what you’re actually getting unless you look.
A Hollenhorst plaque is a cholesterol crystal that is seen in the blood vessels of the retina. In most cases, the cholesterol plaque had broken off from the carotid artery, the main blood vessel providing blood to the brain.
“I’ve never seen one before, so it must be valuable!” is a common comment made by collectors. But rarity doesn’t always add to the price. Fame, beauty, workmanship, even usefulness adds to the dollars paid for an unusual piece.
When the weekend rolls around, we’re a brunch bunch in our family. Just say the word, and it translates to “relaxing.” Brunch isn’t too early, so we have time to read the paper and do a run, and not too late so the day is taken away. Best of all, it’s an occasion for good food and connecting with friends and family.
A study done in Brazil has concluded that it’s muscle power, as opposed to muscle strength, that can add years to life. Confusing, isn’t it? It sounds like they’re the same thing, but they’re not.
A meningioma is a type of brain tumor that arises from the meninges, the lining of the brain. Most of these are benign, although they do range from benign to cancerous. Even the cancerous tumors very rarely spread.
The ancient Greeks figured out that Earth was round in about 500 B.C. But the oldest surviving globe showing our planet was made in 1492 by Martin Behaim of Germany. The first globe to show America was made about 1507.
The beautiful bunches of asparagus now appearing at grocery stores and farmer’s markets is like a personal invitation to deliciously celebrate spring. Asparagus is easy to select and prepare, and comes in a variety of vibrant colors, including green, violet, purple and white.
For any number of reasons, many seniors are socially isolated. Whether it’s an illness that keeps us at home, living in a rural area or having no one living with us, some of us just don’t have as much social interaction as we need.
Kids are always eager to draw pictures. They know firsthand the pleasure of putting crayon to paper — and to the occasional wall or two — to express what’s in their imagination.
Phonographs were invented in 1877. The early ones had one needle for recording and another needle for playing. The music was recorded on tinfoil-coated cylinders using a needle to make tiny lines that, when played with the other needle, made sounds.
Itchy rash around a mole can be due to eczema, or it might be a fungal infection or one of several other benign skin conditions. A dermatologist can help figure out which.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday created to remember those who died while serving our country. The holiday originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers.
What country uses a little flag with just a red border and a big blue star in the center? It is a service flag designed in 1917 that identified a family that had someone in service during the war.
After too many rainy seasons of water in her basement, my friend Mary Dykstra, a professional organizer and design consultant, mom of four and grandmother of two girls ages 6 and 10, said the time had come to fix the problem and transform her “catch-all” basement into a welcoming “family space.”
My husband and I are both 74 and in general good health. He never washes his hands when he comes in from working as a public accountant. He doesn’t wash his hands when he sneezes, or after touching meat and poultry when he cooks. He smokes and is a functioning alcoholic. He says it’s not nec…
A big shortcoming of Bradford is that it has numerous crowded and narrow branch angles that weaken the architecture of the tree. Branches are likely to break in storms, and trees become structurally unsound.
Tomatoes, available in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors, are the most popular vegetable in the home garden. Gardeners may select bite-sized cherry tomatoes or giant beefsteak varieties ranging in color from red to yellow, orange and pink.
I’ve been baking and writing about bran muffins for years. This spring, I put my favorite recipes to the test, and if my family tasters are honest, I’ve hit on an updated version that is so good, I have to hide them in the recesses of my cupboard pantry if I’m going to get my share.
The major furniture styles used in the United States have names, some for royalty, others for talented designers and cabinetmakers. But by the 1900s, furniture was named for styles of art.
Although sebaceous hyperplasia can be mistaken for acne, sebaceous hyperplasia happens mostly to middle-aged adults, or newborns. These bumps appear most commonly on the forehead and cheeks and have an umbilicus, a small hole, in the center.
If you’ve been going to the gym to work out, or have at least wandered through one to look at the facility and equipment, you might have seen a slightly strange-looking piece of gear. Chances are that no one was using it. It was probably a rowing machine.
Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day with a homemade breakfast surprise. This recipe is a twist on a delicious puff pancake, also called a Dutch baby, which typically is baked in a large cast-iron skillet.
Mother’s Day is one of the busiest service days for restaurants. While I hate crowds and love to cook, I’m strictly forbidden to enter the kitchen on Mother’s Day.
Americans lead busy, active lifestyles and show no signs of slowing down any time soon. While being busy may be the new American way, an active lifestyle should not interfere with healthy eating. Refueling your body to help it perform better and get key nutrients is as simple as drinking chocolate milk.
Leafy vegetables are more nutritious and have fewer calories than most other vegetables, and they’re easy to grow. Most greens can be grown in relatively short, cool growing seasons, making them available for fresh harvest earlier than most other crops. If properly planned, fresh, leafy greens can be harvested all season long.
We humans can be so difficult to please. When plants flower when we want them to, we call it blooming. But when plants flower when we don’t want them to, we call it bolting. Flowering is an undesirable trait when growing rhubarb; therefore, bolting describes the event.
Lawn sprinklers could not be used before the first water distribution systems were invented in the 1870s. The new ways to provide water through underground pipes were used by public buildings, then private water tanks.
“Orthostatic hypotension” literally means “low blood pressure on standing upright.” It is a symptom, not a diagnosis. There are many medical conditions that can lead to the symptom of orthostatic hypotension, but many people, especially those over 65, have no discernable cause that can be found.
Congress took a big step last year to protect our financial interests. The Senior$afe Act gives immunity to bank employees who call the authorities if they think a senior is being scammed.
I was “Netflix and chilling” one evening when I discovered an exciting new docuseries called “7 Days Out.” It provides an intimate look at the excitement and drama of the seven days leading up to significant historical and cultural events, including the Westminster Dog Show, Chanel’s Haute Couture fashion show and the “League of Legends” esports gaming championship.
Panicle hydrangea blooms on new wood, meaning the flower buds are produced on new stems produced each year. So, the best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before the new growth begins.