The American Physical Therapy Association says there are things you can do to make shoveling snow a little less stressful for your body. They recommend:* Shovel in the afternoon if you can. More slipped discs occur in the morning when fluid pressure in spinal disks is higher because your body has been at rest all night.* Warm up your muscles before starting a strenuous task. Do … [Read more...] about Snow Shovel smart!
Warm fall weather encourages many of us to delay putting our gardens to bed, but late September and all of October are the best times to do it. Some tomato lovers leave their plants in the ground in hopes that their green tomatoes will ripen. It's time to give it up. The same is true for peppers and cucumbers and other garden favorites.Pull the spent vegetables and annuals … [Read more...] about Garden cleanup time: Do it now
Planting a herb garden is one of the quickest and easiest ways to add vibrancy to your garden, and it will pull in the pollinators too. Herbs are easy to grow from grocery store herbs, cuttings or division, so you can start a thriving herb garden for practically nothing. … [Read more...] about Easy Herb Garden for Beginners
It might get too cold in Washington, D.C. for the cherry blossoms.But as March moves into April, expect the lovely and hardy daffodil to appear, bright yellow or white, peeking its trumpet head through the snow or cold to ring in the spring. Those dependable spring blooms all have a history. Someone planted them to perk up a corner in the garden or trim a fence. And they … [Read more...] about Time for those lovely daffodils!
It’s a common problem: squash, pumpkin or zucchini (courgette) plants look healthy, they may even be flowering, but they just won’t produce any fruits! There are a number of reasons this might happen, but fortunately the solutions are usually simple. In this video we’ll explore the reasons why your squashes may not be fruiting, and show you what you can do to get them on … [Read more...] about Why Aren’t My Squashes Fruiting?