May 2, 2016 |
Are pesky deer chomping your plants? Dandelion weeds making you daffy? On a recent tour of the Philadelphia Flower Show with my old pal "McGrath" - that's Mike to you, the strictly organic host of WHYY radio's You Bet Your Garden - we got to chatting about useful gardening gizmos that the horticultural hero swears by (but never at). "They're miracle workers!" McGrath bellowed (loud and enthusiastic being central to his charm). "These things can save your garden, but don't harm the wildlife or the environment.
July 27, 2015 |
On a sunny May afternoon, dressed for the heat in shorts and a T-shirt, I yanked stubborn vines from long-ignored trees and shrubs, making way for a new flower bed. After four hours of effort, I felt pretty pleased with the result. Those good feelings, however, didn't last. About 85 percent of the population is allergic to poison ivy, and 10 percent to 15 percent are extremely allergic, according to the American Skin Association. I learned that I fell squarely in the second camp.
September 27, 2014 |
Save tender bulbs and rhizomes. Plants that grow from fleshy roots (e.g. dahlia, calla lily, and gladiola) aren't hardy enough to survive cold weather. But you don't have to waste precious indoor space by bringing them inside in pots, either. Instead, prune stems and leaves down to about two inches from the soil line. Pull each plant out of its container or from the ground. Shake off all soil to expose the fleshy roots and lay on newspaper to dry. Adding labels will help you remember which plants you've saved.
July 4, 2014 |
Every morning, La Parrillada Chapina food truck arrived on Wyoming Avenue at 7 a.m. It would stay into the evening, serving coffee to residents on their way to work and lunch to employees in the Feltonville neighborhood. And the Guatemalan fare it served was popular - long lines were not uncommon. On Tuesday evening, around 5:30, the truck's owner, Olga Galdemez, 42, was likely packing up for the night, helped by her daughter and two other family members. Witnesses would tell police that it was after that when they began to smell gas in the air. Moments later, a propane tank attached to the back of the truck exploded into flames, seriously injuring Galdemez, her daughter Jaylin Landaverry, 17, and the two family members, a 27-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl.
April 27, 2011
THE GIZMO: How'd you celebrate the Earth this month? We've been checking out new products that use precious resources more responsibly, saving our planet one gizmo at a time. IT'S A GAS (HYBRID): Love the petrol-sipping charms of the Toyota Prius hybrid, though not its relatively compact proportions? Maybe you'll be won over by the Prius V, now making the rounds of car shows and coming to dealers late summer. That's if Toyota can get its earthquake-shaken Japanese parts suppliers and assembly lines running at peak volume again.
March 11, 2011 |
Question: I live in New England, which has had all the ice and snow this winter. My gutters, filled with ice, have drained massive amounts of dirt on my 1940s shingles. Should I plan to repaint or will soap and water do the trick? Answer: One cedar shingle manufacturer, SBC, says a garden hose and a mild detergent are all that is needed. Oh, and no power washing. I went to the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau (no kidding, it's an arm of the manufacturers) to see its recommendations.
November 29, 2010 |
FIFTEEN PEOPLE were evacuated from rowhouses in Northern Liberties after a smoky three-alarm fire ate through an adjacent two-story vacant factory yesterday afternoon, authorities said. Deputy Fire Chief Joe McGraw said the evacuees were from "two to three homes to the left and right" of the blaze in the red-brick former Pennsylvania Engineering Co. building, on Howard Street at O'Neil, just south of Girard Avenue. A plume of smoke was visible for miles after the fire broke out just before 3 p.m. The fire was brought under control by 4:30, authorities said.
October 14, 2010 |
The spindly man walked quickly with one hand resting in the small of his back, a smoldering Dominican cigar wedged between his bony fingers. Down a hall, up a flight of stairs, he came to a fortresslike door and swiped his identity card over a security sensor. "In here," he said, stepping inside the room. Before him, like a futuristic Stonehenge, stood a semicircle of black monoliths, all electronic equipment. Nearly every bit and byte of the contraption was this man's brainchild.
October 21, 2009 |
SOME memories are painful. Like the frigid night of Feb. 23, 1991, when the 38-story One Meridian office tower in Center City caught fire and became a nightmarish scene of acrid smoke, searing heat and falling glass, leading to tragic loss and heroic rescue. The sacrifice of three Philadelphia firefighters who perished that night - David Holcombe, Phyllis McAllister and James Chappell - will be honored today with the unveiling of a memorial at the site, now occupied by the Residences at the Ritz Carlton.
August 22, 2008 |
One of the two children critically injured in a Gloucester Township house fire Wednesday died yesterday at St. Christoper's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. According to fire investigators, the fast-moving blaze was ignited after Justin Freitag, 5, of Deptford, and Mason Hicks, 2, spilled a can of gasoline in the basement of the home, where Justin was being babysat by Christina Holland, a friend of his mother's. Justin was pronounced dead around 4 a.m. Mason remained in critical condition at St. Christopher's.