Life Style & Travel

Cool Season Annuals Are Cool

UNITED STATES—Now that it is time for cool season annuals, it is difficult to remove warm season annuals if they are still blooming and healthy. that is probably why so many of us prefer mixed plantings, where cool season annuals can be added as needed to replace warm season annuals as they deteriorate. Some warm season annuals that are...

30 Pounds In 30 Days: Day 2

HOLLYWOOD—As Marc Perry, training guru for the office-bound,  so inspiringly points out, you embrace one single change like learning to leave the cola, and your open yourself to massive changes over time. At the end of Day 1 to lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days you received an ultimatum to drop sodas, now and for the next 30 days. Here’s...

Not All Plants Like Fads

UNITED STATES—Like so many fads too often are, container gardening is overrated, and is actually contrary to the currently most faddish of fads; sustainability. Plants in containers need more regular watering than those that can disperse their roots more extensively into the ground. Those that are so indulged also want fertilizer to be applied more regularly, but are more...

Sleep Is A Necessity

  UNITED STATES—Research has shown time and time again that Americans are getting less sleep each and everyday. A bigger issue involves recent reports that show children are getting less sleep during the day as well.  For adults, it’s something we expect, for our children not so much. To hear that children are getting less than seven hours a sleep...

You Asked For It: Lose 30 Pounds In 30 Days

  HOLLYWOOD—Receiving a query about losing 30 pounds in 30 days from a holy man who is a fit water-drinking vegetarian laid bare the intense curiosity in rapid weight loss which one chapter of my book promises. In “Fat to Emaciated in 30 Days,” the knowledge is there in plain sight, though somewhat canaballistically  hidden within a series of questions...

Ferns Are For Distinctive Foliage

UNITED STATES—Ferns are an odd group. They lack the color or fragrance of flowers, or the branch structure of shrubbery, trees or vines. Very few turn color in autumn. They provide only green foliage. Yet, as simple as this seems, the generally evergreen foliage that ferns provide is some of the most distinctive foliage that can be found in...

Genetically Confused Plants Can Revert

UNITED STATES—‘Jewel Mix’ nasturtium starts out so colorful with various shades of yellow, orange and red, including rich reddish brown and almost white pale yellow. They happily sow their own seed to replace older plants. However, as new plants replace old, the variety of color diminishes. Brown and pale yellow are the first to go. Red then becomes scarce....

Delay Some Gardening Between Seasons

UNITED STATES—For gardening, this is one of those in between times of year, when summer chores are under control, but it is a bit too early for much of the work that will need to be done in autumn. Automated watering systems have already been adjusted for the longest and warmest days of summer, so will only need to...

Perennials Should Last Through The Years

UNITED STATES—A plant that is an annual lives less than a single year. One that produces vegetative foliar growth one year, and then blooms and produces seed the next year is a biennial. Technically, any other plant that lives any longer is a perennial. That certainly does not narrow down the definition much. Therefore, the term ‘perennial’ used in...

Number 1: Morning Exercise

HOLLYWOOD—David, a reader of the Grady Diet, recently wrote, “One thing I'd like to learn more about: exercise in the morning.  Could you give me a more detailed run-down on the specific exercises you do in your 20 minute pre-breakfast session?” Think about the part of your body that needs the most work, and build exercises around that. Parts of...
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