Bring butterflies and hummingbirds home with a single plant

Bring butterflies and hummingbirds home with a single plant

by Fox Lifestyle By Marianne Lipanovich (Earth Design Inc/Houzz)  (Van Zelst Inc/Houzz)  (Gardening With Confidence/Houzz) The humble scarlet beebalm (Monarda didyma) has a lot to recommend it, especially in eastern North America, where it originated. This easy-care perennial not only attracts bees to your garden, but butterflies and hummingbirds also find it irresistible. It’s a welcome addition to a perennial garden, a naturalistic garden or an herb garden. If that’s not enough, its fragrant leaves have long been used for tea, and its flowers can be added to a bouquet or brought into the kitchen to use in everything from salad to dessert. Related: melania-trump-is-moving-to-the-white-house RELATED: Store Flowers on a Kitchen Shelf for Easy Access Related: ptsd-what-it-is-and-how-to-spot-it Jacob Cline’ beebalm Botanical name: Monarda didyma Common names: Scarlet beebalm, Oswego tea, red bergamot, bee balm Origin: Native to eastern North America Where will it grow: Hardy to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius (USDA zones 3 to 9; find your zone) Water requirement: Regular to ample water; can handle some drought when mature Light requirement: Full sun; afternoon shade in the hottest summer climates Mature size: 1 foot to 8 feet tall and 2 feet wide Benefits and tolerances: Flowers that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds; fragrant leaves and edible flowers that make good bouquets; deer resistant Seasonal interest: Summer flowers; possible repeat bloom in fall When to plant: Sow seeds or set out plants in early spring. Distinguishing traits. Clumps of leaves 2 to 4 feet tall are topped by showy clusters of flower-bedecked stems. The 3-inch-long tubular flowers have a somewhat shaggy appearance in shades of pink, red, white, blue and lavender. The fragrant leaves are dark green. The leaves are said...
‘AMERICAN PICKERS” TOP 11 AUTOMOTIVE PICKS

‘AMERICAN PICKERS” TOP 11 AUTOMOTIVE PICKS

by Fox Lifestyle To be Frank (and Mike), it has to be both stressful and fun negotiating deals on American Pickers, especially when a car is involved. But since they’re spending their money, not ours, it’s all fun on this side of the TV screen. So whenever Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz roll out one of their automotive-related “Best of” shows, we’re glued to the History Channel. Much to our delight, American Pickers’ recent “Top Cars” episode gave us a baker’s dozen of sorts, naming the show’s top 11 car picks. Mike and Frank didn’t land all of the sweet rides that were featured, but their winning percentage was solid. Let’s look at their picks: 1960 Cadillac Fleetwood — Found in New Jersey, the fully optioned Fleetwood was purchased for $9,500 and shipped for another $500. Considering the Caddy is valued at more than $14,000, the Iowa duo definitely scored. 1967 Ford Fairlane 390 GT — Mike found another winner in an Illinois garage. The high-performance four-speed Fairlane wore original paint and carried a mostly original engine (it had 428 headers, adding about 25 horsepower). The Fairlane was purchased for $7,000 and required an additional $4,000 in repairs and shipping, and the pair still came out $3,000 ahead. 1933 Ford Coupe — It’s difficult to say who got the better end of this deal since Mike bought the ’33 Ford in California with the intention of keeping it for himself. The rusty, five-window coupe featured a lowered front end, an early flathead engine, and ’34 grille. Price tag: $16,000. George Barris’ Batmobile — The Batmobile was the first car on this list that the boys didn’t...
USDA Agriculture ALERT on FRADULENT Organic Labeling

USDA Agriculture ALERT on FRADULENT Organic Labeling

The USDA Agriculture Marketing Service National Organic Program is alerting the organic trade about the presence of fraudulent organic certificates. Companies listed: Renagrotec SPR de RI, Rand Express Purity Ltd., JEM Enterprises, Betterbell Company Ltd., Bickerton Trade Ltd., Saffire Blue Inc., Green India Herbs, Erin’s Faces. Fines can be up to $10,000 for each violation. Please note that some of these providers of misleading information are of foreign origin....
‘FLIP’ STARS HIT WITH LAWSUIT

‘FLIP’ STARS HIT WITH LAWSUIT

By Leora ArnowitzPublished May 10, 2017Fox News NOW PLAYING ‘Flip or Flop’ stars’ marriage flops “Flip or Flop” stars Christina and Tarek El Moussa are being sued for more than $37,000 by a North Carolina man who says the couple didn’t pay him for work he did to help them search for potential homes to flip in the North Carolina area. In court documents viewed by Fox News, the man claims he worked for Next Level Property Investments, the El Moussas’ company, from March to October 2016 and “not one penny has been paid to the Plaintiff for the Plaintiff’s work.” RELATED: PBS-LAUNCHED-A-KIDSFRIENDLY-STREAMING-STICK-AND-ITS-ADORABLE The lawsuit claims the man worked 1,280 hours for the HGTV stars’ company and when he tried to contact them about his wages he alleges they blocked his email address, Facebook page and phone number so he could not reach them. 10 SHOCKING HGTV SCANDALS RELATED: ALANIS-MORISSETTES-EXBUSINESS-MANAGER-SENTENCED-TO-6-YEARS-IN-PRISON When he reached someone at Next Level Property Investments in October 2016 he was told “he was never an employee of the Company,” the lawsuit claims. The man is now requesting $37,800 in back wages and commission. The El Moussas declined Fox News’ request for comment. A rep for HGTV told us, “We are aware of the lawsuit filed in North Carolina but, we don’t comment on pending litigation.” If the El Moussas are bothered by the suit, they certainly aren’t showing it. The former couple, Tarek and Christina, both shared cheerful Instagram posts promoting the upcoming season of “Flip or Flop” after news of the lawsuit broke, making no mention of the controversy. In December 2016, Tarek and Christina announced they...

6 WEEKEND UPDATES TO BOOST YOUR HOME’S VALUE

by Coastal Living Photo: David A. Land; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler Small fixes make a big impact. Before putting your home on the market, check out these easy DIY projects. 1. INVEST IN INSULATION It’s not sexy, but it will keep you warm. According to this year’s Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value report, adding fiberglass insulation to an unfinished attic reaps major rewards. Nationally, homeowners see an average of almost 108 percent return on their investment, with even larger paybacks in many coastal regions, including the South Atlantic, Pacific, and Mid Atlantic. Trulia estimates that installing fiberglass insulation can add $2,339, on average, to a home price. RELATED: SCHOOL-DAZE–TEACHER-CAUGHT-NAPPING–WHILE-STUDENTS-BRAWL 2. SPRUCE UP THE KITCHEN Small investments in the kitchen go a long way. A modern, updated kitchen was the number one priority for more than 1,500 house-hunting millenials surveyed by Consumer Reports, bumping the sale price up anywhere from three to seven percent. A Zillow Digs analysis found that adding a subway tile backsplash is particularly effective, boosting sale prices 6.9 percent. 6 Things To Seriously Consider Before Buying A Beach House With Friends Or Family Do You Really Need A Property Manager For Your Beach Rental?  10 Things To Look For In A Fixer Upper Advertisement RELATED: 5-REASONS-ID-LIKE-TO-BE-MY-DOG-FOR-A-DAY   3. BOOST YOUR BATHROOM Basic bathroom fixes are valuable too. According to Trulia, a minor refresh recoups 70 percent of costs. Repair broken tiles, scour rust stains, fix leaky faucets, and add a wall-mounted cabinet. “New on-trend hardware can make a big difference,” says Jackie Falla, the home flipper behind the blog Quest for the Nest. Whatever you decide, Falla warns, “Do not overspend!” 4. UPGRADE THE GARDEN First...
Workers remodeling Ted Bundy’s childhood home report strange occurrences

Workers remodeling Ted Bundy’s childhood home report strange occurrences

In this 1977 photo serial killer Ted Bundy, center, is escorted out of court in Pitkin County, Colo.  (Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP) A Washington state contractor said his workers remodeling Ted Bundy’s childhood home experienced a handful of strange occurrences during their time at the house. Casey Clopton, the contractor, told The News Tribune that a plea for help appeared on a window as his crew worked in the basement and heavy furniture mysteriously toppled over. “I’m not one to believe a lot of this stuff, but this house made me a believer,” Clopton told the paper in an interview that ran Monday. Bundy was born in Vermont. In 1955, when he was 9 years old, his family moved into the Tacoma home. Expand /  The Bundy home before the renovation. (Google Street View) He grew up to be one of the most notorious serial killers in history. He had been linked to disappearance of an 8-year-old girl when he was 14, but denied killing her. The paper reported there was no evidence he committed any crimes in the home. David Truong bought the house in September with the intention of redoing it and flipping it for a higher price. The News Tribune reported that neither Truong nor the real estate broker knew the house’s history. Clopton said he first visited the home in October and brought his 11-year-old daughter along with him. He said that his daughter got an eerie feeling about the home and started to cry. “She said she felt weird. She didn’t like it there,” he said. When Clopton returned with a few workers...