Category Archives: Gardening

The Foodscape Revolution

By Guest Author Brie Arthur
“Garden to Table” is the best way to describe my passion for adding purpose to landscapes in suburban neighborhoods, office parks, school campuses and retirement communities. With an education …

Read more »

5 night-blooming flowers to plant in your garden

Sitting outside on a beautiful summer afternoon is nice, but you don’t need the sun to enjoy your backyard. When the warm air cools off, the blazing sun goes down and the stars come out, …

Read more »

Think outside the planter box: Surprising veggies to grow vertically

Fresh vegetables and fruits are one of the best things about spring and summer. Growing your own can be rewarding, and you don’t need a big garden plot to fill your table with fresh, home-grown …

Read more »

How to Attract Bees to your Garden

 If you’re a gardener, you’re already well aware of the essential role bees play in ensuring a productive harvest. But far beyond the backyard garden, bees are responsible for pollinating 80% of our flowering crops, …

Read more »

How to repair your garden after a spring frost

Maryland springs are unpredictable. One day you’ll be enjoying a sunny afternoon out on your patio. The next week you’re bundled back up in a winter coat and avoiding the outdoors. While the fluctuating temperatures …

Read more »

Master gardeners: Who are they and how do I become one?

Are you interested in learning more about gardening and horticulture? Are you passionate about topics such as sustainable gardening or plant pathology? Do you love volunteering your time to local food efforts? If the answer …

Read more »

Do I have to trim back hostas after the first freeze?

Preparing your perennials for winter is essential if you want to see healthy blooms in the spring. Fortunately, some plants are very low-maintenance and require little to thrive. Hostas are a great example, as they …

Read more »

How to prepare your perennials for winter

Year after year we experience harsh winters with heavy snow, slick ice and freezing temperatures, yet our bodies never quite adapt to these unfavorable weather conditions. Sure, our Midwestern roots help us handle winters better …

Read more »

What to do with your harvest this fall

The growing season is nearly finished, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy delicious veggies, fruit and herbs from the garden. Rather than letting excess produce go to waste, use these storing methods to …

Read more »

5 Simple Tasks to Make Your Yard Look Fab This Fall

Don’t put away your garden gloves just yet. Fall is officially here, and there’s still yard work to be done! Not only does lawn maintenance keep your yard looking tidy, but it also prevents diseases …

Read more »

A convenient coservation solution: The benefits of xeriscaping

Those of us who don’t live in drought-prone areas or desert regions might use water without giving it much thought. Water, however, is a precious resource these days, and taking small steps to conserve water …

Read more »

Why Fall Is Planting Time for Trees, Shrubs & Perennials

So you think it’s too late in the year to plant or transplant trees, shrubs and perennial plants in your garden? Well, the good news is that it isn’t. Actually, you are at the ideal …

Read more »

Simple Tips for Designing and Planting Fall Flower Bulbs

Bulbs are the gateway to the garden. Plant them now and forget about them. By the time spring rolls around, the garden will be full of buds ready to blossom.
And, with cooler temperatures, …

Read more »

Celebrate National Blueberry Month with Recipes, and Planting Tips

Celebrate National Blueberry Month with Recipes, and Planting Tips
Pancakes, tarts, pies, we love adding blueberries to any recipe. And we’re not alone.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes July as National Blueberry …

Read more »

5 tips to efficiently water your garden

Water is a precious resource, and just like people need water to thrive, so do your plants. While watering plants is essential, there are ways to use the resource thoughtfully to prevent waste. Here are …

Read more »

3 Ideas to Keep the Bunnies Off Your Plants

With options ranging from nutritious green beans to filling potatoes, planting a garden is a great way to stock your home with delicious and fresh food. But you aren’t the only one who will find …

Read more »

5 signs you might be ready for your own hobby farm

Living in the city has its perks, but you’re ready for something new, something different. You might even be ready to escape the bustling city altogether and finally try out the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed …

Read more »

5 Steps to Harden Off Seedlings

 
Botanical Interests ‘5 Steps to Harden Off Seedlings’Provided by Botanical Interests
Hardening off is the process of getting indoor-started seedlings accustomed to the outdoor environment by gradually exposing them to daily …

Read more »

Fencing Your Vegetable Garden to Keep the Critters Out

Your vegetable garden is enjoyed by all, and not just the members of your family. If left unattended and unguarded, it will be enjoyed by the little and larger critters who live nearby, too. To …

Read more »

New Year’s Resolution: Healthy Eating for All (so)…Go for the Garden!

 
Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
The holidays are receding from view, and the excitement of the new year is brimming with healthy options for your eating and growing pleasure. Here …

Read more »