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Garden Help Desk: Make sure to choose the right poinsettias

It’s the perfect time in the Holiday season to bring home a beautiful poinsettia. If you’ve done just that-choosing a sturdy plant with dark green leaves and unopened flowers, protecting it from the cold when you left the nursery, and sliding off the plastic sleeve as soon as you were ...

Health and Wellness: Toddler tantrum survival guide

If you’ve ever felt the eyes of everyone in the grocery store turn to you as your toddler screams uncontrollably in the produce section because you wouldn’t let them take a bite out of a potato, know that you are not alone. In fact, 20% of two-year-olds have a tantrum at least once a day, ...

Garden Help Desk: Purchasing poinsettias and protecting from aphids

Poinsettias have been showing up in shops and nurseries for several days now. Maybe you’re an old hand at choosing a poinsettia, but if this is the year you’ll be selecting and taking home your first poinsettia, here are some tips for you. Shop early in the season for the best ...

Savvy Senior: Your old cellphone may not work in 2022

Dear Savvy Senior, My 80-year-old father has an old flip phone he carries around with him for emergency purposes, but I’ve heard that these devices will soon be phased out. Is this true? If so, how can we know if his phone will be affected, and where can I find him a simple new one that he ...

Garden Help Desk: How can I save my begonias through the winter?

I used some begonias in my hanging baskets this year. They didn’t trail down the way I wanted, but they were still pretty. Would it be hard to store the bulbs and plant them again? I’m not surprised you want to save those tubers. Begonias are beautiful, colorful, and look great in shady ...

Savvy Senior: How to help your overmedicated patient

Dear Savvy Senior, My 75-year-old mother is currently taking 16 different prescription and OTC medications and I’m worried she’s taking way too many drugs. Can you suggest any resources that can help us? Worried Daughter Dear Worried, Unfortunately, millions of older Americans are ...

Garden Help Desk: What to do about rotting layers in your onions

Why do some of my onions get rotten layers on the inside? It’s always on the inside and there are always some layers that look normal. What can I do to protect the rest of my onions? Are the normal layers safe to eat? This sounds like it could be Botrytis neck rot, a fungal disease, or ...

Garden Help Desk: What’s going on with my golden delicious apples?

Something new happened with my golden delicious apples this year. Some of them have a slight pink blush on one side (usually the side facing the sun), which progresses from a smooth skin to a blistered skin, then on to a brown spot to a spoiled brown spot. The original pink coloration does not ...

Garden Help Desk: Figuring out what’s damaging your lawn and garden

This has shown up in my park strip. What could be causing this? This looks like skunk, or possibly raccoon, damage. Based on the pattern of damage in your lawn, the most likely offender is a skunk. These animals can really make a mess of a lawn when they shred or peel back the grass looking ...

Savvy Senior: How to protect yourself against abdominal aortic aneurysms

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you tell me about stomach aneurysms? My father died from one about 10 years ago and I’m wondering if that can increase my risk of developing one myself. Almost 60 Dear Almost, While you don’t hear much about them, stomach aneurysms, also known as abdominal aortic ...