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Garden Help Desk: Making a garden that attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

My garden goals are to have gardens that attract native butterflies and hummingbirds to feed and breed and nest, contain only perennial herbaceous plants, and have plants blooming at all times from Late February into November. I just have a few questions about how to make this happen. 1. Does ...

Savvy Senior: How Medicare covers Alzheimer’s Disease

Dear Savvy Senior, What exactly does Medicare cover when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease? My husband was recently diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s, and we would like to find out what’s covered and what isn’t. — Planning Ahead Dear Planning, I’m very sorry to hear about ...

Garden Help Desk: Conserving water in your garden

Here are some tips for conserving water in your vegetable garden. Keep a good level of organic matter in your soil. Incorporating leaves, grass clippings and other organic material into the soil in the fall and adding compost to the soil in the spring will increase the moisture-holding ...

Garden Help Desk: How can I get squash without these bumps?

Is there anything that can be done to reduce the chance of getting squash fruit that is distorted with bumps all over the place? If your squash fruits looked like some of today’s photos, the problem is probably one of the mosaic viruses that affect cucumbers, squash, melons, and pumpkins. ...

Health and Wellness: Can spring sunshine harm seniors?

Spring weather is finally here, bringing some much-needed sunlight along with it. For seniors who spend most of their time indoors, this can be an excellent opportunity to enjoy quality time outside. As everyone knows, soaking up a bit of sun is good for our physical and mental health. But, can ...

Garden Help Desk: What do we know about bird flu in Utah County?

Is it safe to put bird feeders out in Utah County at this time? I heard there was a health risk for the birds because of a disease outbreak. I was wondering if that outbreak had passed. Birds are welcome visitors in our yards and gardens. They add visual interest and entertainment to our ...

Tales from Utah Valley: Take time every day for self-care

It’s important to care for other people. In fact, in just the last few months, there have been articles in the Daily Herald about donating to local food banks, suicide prevention, supporting teachers, helping the homeless, ways to prevent domestic violence and plenty more. But, one thing we ...

Health and Wellness: How to choose the best skilled nursing facility

Imagine it’s 2007, and you are looking for a skilled nursing facility for your grandfather. After searching the World Wide Web, you find some charts with rows and rows and columns and columns of data. The data seems important, but what does it mean? It’s way too complicated to ...