Gardening Feed

What to buy and not buy on Amazon Prime Day

This year, instead of Amazon Prime Day being in July, it’s Oct. 13 and 14. What bargains should you look for? The most important thing to do is to compare prices. The “bargain” may or may not be saving you any money. Read more →

Mini-cultivator attachment is being recalled by STIHL due to laceration hazard

STIHL is recalling about 185,000 mini-cultivator attachments. The gearbox could have mistakenly been installed upside down by the STIHL dealer causing the tines to rotate backwards toward the operator, posing a laceration hazard to the user. STIHL has received 12 reports of incidents, including six reports of lacerations to consumers. Read more →

Hongkong Sun Rise Trading is recalling Kobalt cordless electric chainsaws due to laceration hazards

Hongkong Sun Rise Trading is recalling about 150,000 Kobalt 40-volt lithium ion cordless electric chainsaws in the United States and about 1,400 in Canada. The chainsaw can remain in the “on” position, posing a laceration hazard to consumers. The company has received 48 reports of the switch malfunctioning. Read more →

Blowers recalled by Intertex due to fire hazard

Intertex is recalling about 189,000 B-Air, BlueDri, BlueDri Pro, and Soleaire Blowers in the United States and about 8,153 in Canada. The utility outlets on the side of the blowers aren’t protected by a circuit breaker. If the outlet becomes overloaded or short-circuited, it could overheat, posing a fire hazard. No incidents or injuries have been reported. Read more →

35 tips for reducing your food costs

Like many people these days, you're probably feeling the pinch of tough economic times. If you're looking for ways to reduce your food costs, here are 35 suggestions: Go through your checkbook and credit cards to see how much you've spent in the last one to three months on food eaten at home and in restaurants. Check the "USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food" and determine the level of spending you'd like to reach. Four food plans are discussed: thrifty, low-cost, moderate-cost, and liberal. The amounts are for food eaten at home only. Set up a meeting with members of the household to determine what changes can be made and who will do what jobs. Read more →

Bayer to pay more than $10 billion to settle cancer lawsuits

Bayer agreed to pay $10 billion over claims its herbicide Roundup causes cancer in people in a settlement announced Wednesday. Most of the money will be sent to four leading plaintiffs’ law firms, who will distribute it to nearly 100,000 clients who were diagnosed with cancer after prolonged use of the weed killer. Read more →

Be sure to plant a vegetable garden this year

It’s not too late to plant a great garden and enjoy wonder organic vegetables throughout the summer and into fall. In May, I usually go to Madrid and visit my daughter and her family. However, this year, due to covid-19, I’m not traveling. Deane Rimerman, the forester who helps me with my pruning, offered to build me a cold frame, a cover for my raised-bed garden, so the seeds would sprout sooner and the seedlings would grow faster. See the photo above. Read more →