Michael Boisvert

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Flowers to bring a buzz to the garden

A study at the University of Sussex found that the most insect-friendly plants aren’t the ones recommended by garden centres<p>There’s lots of publicity urging gardeners to grow flowers that attract bees and butterflies, but are we being led up the garden path? Even though many garden flowers are …

Plants

Potato farmer ahead of Olympian in world’s toughest horse race

<b>A potato farmer is currently beating an Olympian in the world’s longest and toughest horse race.</b><p>After six days of the 2017 Mongol Derby, 40-year-old</b> …

Severing ties with utilities isn't as easy as cutting the cable cord

If disaster ever struck, Joe Fleischmann could keep the lights, refrigerator and big-screen TV running in his Orange County home, even if the power company went dark.<p>Fleischmann is an early adopter of home energy storage: In his garage is a battery strong enough to help keep the essentials in …

Solar Power

Tole’s sleek outdoor fireplace also cooks pizza, grills and more

Taking your outdoor space to the next level often means hours of tedious landscaping and maintenance. For some, it’s building an outdoor fire pit for those long summer nights. But sometimes a steel ring just doesn’t cut it.<p>For those looking for a bit more style, there’s the new Tole K60 Outdoor …

How to Garden Like a Frenchwoman: 10 Ideas to Steal from a Paris Balcony

Making elegance look effortless, actress and script writer Diane Valsonne transformed a narrow Parisian balcony into a chic garden. When we dropped …

Landscaping

Good gardening practices are the key to flavorful vegetables

By Barbara Damrosch<p>, Contributor<p>The flavors of garden foods are difficult to describe. Teasing out some of the many familiar compounds that edibles contain is one way. So one might say that sorrel is grassy and lemony, that arugula is mustardy and peppery, and that anise hyssop is minty with a hint …

How to scan multiple pages into one PDF document

Scanning PDFs is a pain, but it’s often a necessary part of doing business. If you work in an office, someone has most likely trained you in the ways …

Apps

21 Classic Camping Tips From Field & Stream

For 35 years, in each issue of <i>Field & Stream</i>, H.G. “Tap” Tapply served up tidbits of hard-earned outdoor knowledge, in his extremely popular “Tap’s …

This Company Is About To Transform The $1.5 Trillion Mortgage Industry

In its first year Better mortgage made over $525 million in loans, which is the largest amount by a fintech company in its first year post launch. Backed with more than $45M from investors like Goldman Sachs, Pine Brook and Kleiner Perkins, the company is on a mission is to eliminate the …

A beginner's guide to growing fruit

Creating a fruit-lover’s utopia in your garden or allotment is easier than you’d think. Head gardener Lucy Chamberlain explains how<p>Read parts one and two of this series.<p>Many people’s response to the thought of growing fruit in their garden is “I haven’t got room”, “the birds will eat it before I …

Best Jobs and Side Gigs for Introverts

Updated July 22, 2018<p>If you have an introverted personality, you might shy away from some jobs that require a lot of face time or public interaction. …

How to Properly Grill Meat Over an Open Fire

As you recover from your annual Independence Day cookout and reflect on how this country was founded, give this bit of history some thought. Your …

Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

Blueberries are popular in home gardens because they can grow in a small space, even in containers. In fact, they are one of the easiest berries to …

How To Grow The Most Vibrant Hydrangeas

Good Housekeeping reaches an audience of 30+ million each month. In addition to the magazine brand, the Good Housekeeping Institute is the consumer …

Clouds Are Forming Over the Bond Market

The bond market is flashing warning signals that bad times may be ahead for the stock market and the economy.<p>That is probably not what most people want to hear — stock investors especially. In the first half of the year, after all, stocks have performed spectacularly. The Standard & Poor’s …

Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. Now Frying Up Chicken All Day, Plans to Increase Hours

Following a too-successful debut that led to infuriatingly long lines and disheartening food shortages, the two-month-old <b>Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.</b> drive-thru is slowly adding back some service times and will serve its signature fried chicken from open to close beginning Saturday, June 24.<p>Although …

A New Technology Could Provide 40% of the World's Energy Needs, and It's Carbon-Neutral

Harnessing Salt Concentrations<p>Estuaries are ecosystems constantly in flux — brackish bodies of water where fresh and ocean water meet and mix. These …

Raising Backyard Chickens For Fun And (Potential) Profit

In Berkeley, California, where I live, backyard chickens are increasingly popular. In fact, you occasionally see one (hopefully not ours) strolling down the sidewalk. But too many families bring home their new chickens in high spirits only to be crushed several months later after a raccoon or …

How to keep bees

Including what kit you need, where best to source the bees and how to care for them<p>Little in life rivals the taste of fresh honey – sweet, golden and …

Forward Labs' new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla's - and it can be installed in half the time

Tesla gets all the attention lately when it comes to solar roofs, but start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof …

How to set up a DIY home security system

3 ways to protect your house<p>You don't have to invest in a multimillion dollar surveillance system to keep an eye on your property and possessions. In fact, you might be able to do the job with gadgets you already own, paired with free software. We've collected three types of systems you can pick …

A Small Backyard Greenhouse for the Home Gardener | NC State Extension Publications

Home gardening and landscaping are enjoyable hobbies for many people in North Carolina. If you are among them, you might benefit from a small …

How to Build a Chicken Coop

Flyfishing Made Easy: 10 Tips for More Trout

Flyfishing for trout isn’t a complicated, difficult sport. A close look reveals that a successful flyfisherman has mastered several basic abilities: …

Backyard barbecue hacks every grill fan needs to know

You can smell it in the air. If you’re lucky, you can even taste it.<p>What is it? It is the start of grilling season. Colemans and Kenmores are being brought out of hibernation, as barbecue fans across the country scramble to find their favorite tongs, while butchers get busy prepping ribs, steaks …

Love eating chicken? Thank hungry Medieval Catholics.

Two legs good, four legs bad<p>Before they gave us nuggets, fillets, and scrambled eggs, chickens started out as wild birds in the jungles of Southeast Asia. Humans started breeding and raising chickens some 6,000 years ago, and since then, <i>Gallus gallus domesticus</i> has undergone some pretty significant …

Don’t Be Afraid of Inexpensive Fly-fishing Gear

I’ve been trout fishing for more than a decade but it’s only been the last couple of years that I’ve begun taken on the never-ending obsession of fly …

Dysfunctional air ducts: Money wasters and safety hazards

How many times have you thought about the air ducts in your home? Probably not very often. Even though these hidden tubes in your home don't get much love, they are important to your health, safety and utility bill.<p>If your ducts have holes, clogs and leaks, you are losing 20 percent of your AC's …

The One (Very Surprising) Thing Parents Can Do to Raise Smarter Kids

While some people argue that intelligence is a genetic trait, others firmly believe that intelligence is something that can be learned<p>While some people argue that intelligence is a genetic trait, others firmly believe that intelligence is something that can be learned, picked up, or developed over …