When a farmer who's been in the business for decades suddenly faces a crop of peaches only the size of a quarter, naturally he's going to want some answers. Bill Bader of Missouri's Bader Farms in Dunklin County is the largest supplier of peaches in the state, but now he says that Bayer has some answering to do for his puny crops.
Reports of "forest therapy" or "forest bathing" are rolling in, reminding people how therapeutic time in nature really can be, and I can't help but imagine how our ancestors would view these reports. I'm sure they'd be appalled at how many hours I spend indoors every day. I'm appalled myself sometimes!
Preventing cancer is always a hot topic, and it usually comes down to health practices: what to eat, what not to eat, how to exercise and so forth. But did you ever think that a hobby like gardening could help you prevent cancer? A team is studying the healthful effects of gardening, including its potential to prevent cancer, at CU Boulder.
Did you know that one in three U.S. households produces at least one thing to eat at home? It's not as many homes as maybe 150 years ago, but it's heartening, and there are more things being developed each year to help make gardening even more accessible and easier to the average person. One such tool is Seedsheet, a mini garden startup kit developed by Cam MacKugler in Vermont.
Recenty I saw an ad for a velociraptor for your garden. At over $2,000, it's not exactly in my price range, but it's pretty amazing and it's got me thinking. Since then I've seen cool sculptures in people's gardens, with the most impressive one being a life-size giraffe! I have a few cute things in my garden, from bug homes to a gnome here and there, but now I'm thinking up all kinds of fun ideas to create whimsy in my garden.