Disease resistant shrub roses

Paint the Town Red is an Easy Elegance variety. Photo courtesy Allen Wilson

Question: I love roses but have just about given up growing them because I don’t have time to spray them regularly for diseases. Are there roses available which are disease resistant and bloom all summer?

Grilled Caesar Steak Salad

This June 15, 2018 photo shows a grilled steak salad in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

Let’s say you wanted to land a luxurious rib-eye steak at the center of your Fourth of July picnic, but worried about being able to afford it. Here’s a simple way to make it happen: Instead of serving every guest a huge slab of steak, slice up a smaller portion, fan it out on the plate to make it look more substantial, then pair the steak with a hearty dressing and some salad topping so that it is actually more substantial. It’s all in the presentation. At the end of the day, nobody is going to notice a 12-ounce brick of meat.

Salmon Corn Chowder

This May 2017 photo shows salmon corn chowder in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Lucy Beni via AP)

Certain foods just need to be made and eaten at least once a summer. Corn chowder (or chowdah, as my in-laws would say) is one. And if you are in a place where the ears of fresh sweet corn are piled high at the market (often for pennies an ear), then you must make it more than once.

Many schools keep gardening efforts through summer

In this June 21, 2018 photo, Seth Raabe, an agriculture teacher and full-time manager for the South Whidbey (Island) High School Garden near Langley, Wash., is shown while preparing plant beds for students to cultivate upon their return to classes from summer vacation. There is no summertime break for school garden educators. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

The school year runs just the opposite of the growing season, making it difficult for educators to teach kids how to garden. But many school systems enlist volunteers to prep garden beds while students are on summer break, making the crops ready to tend when classes resume in September.

The humble, grillable flank steak

This undated photo provided by America's Test Kitchen in May 2018 shows grilled flank steak with garlic herb sauce in Brookline, Mass. This recipe appears in the cookbook “Cooking At Home With Bridget And Julia.” (Daniel J. van Ackere/America's Test Kitchen via AP)

We wanted a simple, economical cut of meat for a casual backyard barbecue. After considering various cuts, we landed on flank steak. Like other cuts from the chest and side of the cow, such as skirt steak and hanger steak, flank steak boasts rich, full, beefy flavor.

How to fertilize your garden organically

This undated photo shows application of an organic fertilizer in New Paltz, NY. Soybean meal is only one of a number of organic material that can be used to fulfill plant nutrient needs. (Lee Reich via AP)

In gardening, whether you’re talking about pest control or fertilization, “organic” generally means natural. The word “organic” refers to “organic matter,” the linchpin of organic gardening and, traditionally at least, all good gardening. “Organic matter” is material derived from what is or was once living.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie

This May 2018 photo shows a chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream pie in New York. This desert is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Cheyenne Cohen via AP)

If you want to end a summer celebration or gathering with a big old bang, you would be hard pressed to pick a better dessert than an ice cream pie. Somehow, ice cream stuffed into a pie crust just seems so much more festive and decadent and sultry than bowls of ice cream.

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