Author Archives: Rachel Edler

Green Beans & Patience: Advice for Gardening with Children

gardening advice children

Summer is finally on its way, and families are starting to plan their summer activities. Swimming, family cookouts, and camping trips are all on the family to-do list.  One great project that kids will definitely enjoy is planting a garden!

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10 Fast Facts About Arbor Day

arbor day facts

Arbor Day, one of our favorite holidays, is right around the corner! It’s a day to celebrate trees and the vital role they play in the world. Trees have a number of important functions beyond looking pretty.

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7 Must-Haves for Your Outdoor Space

must haves outdoor space

In the modern world, it can be easy to stay cooped up indoors. Even with the best intentions, many people only go out to get to their car. Having an amazing outdoor living space can …

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5 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Patio

add patio privacy

If you live in an apartment or even just a well-populated neighborhood having privacy in your outdoor space can be tough. While many enjoy their neighbors’ company for backyard cookouts, no one wants to feel …

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10 Herbs & Vegetables You Can Grow On Your Patio

Herb and Vegetables, Organic Food

Growing your own food can be a great way to enjoy fresh flavor without a big budget. Even if you only have a small apartment balcony you can still grow some of your own food. …

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12 Plants to Create a Cottage-Style Garden This Spring

Spring Gardening

Many people adore cottage gardens for their rustic charm and fairytale-like style. As cottage gardens often have the appearance of having taken years of planting and hard work, they can be intimidating for first-time gardeners.

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Caring for Air Plants

caring for air plants.

Tillandsia or air plants are epiphytes meaning that they don’t require any soil to grow! In nature, they take in their moisture and nutrients from the air or rainwater that falls on them.

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Winter Birding

Red Cardinal example of Winter Birding

Getting the family outside and enjoying nature can be tough in the winter. While the cold may put a damper on many activities, birdwatching is actually a great winter pastime. While it is true that …

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Homestead Garden – Keep green indoors this winter with the best indoor plants

With winter rolling in, your outdoor garden won’t be requiring your diligent attention for a few months. That begs the question: What’s a gardener to do? Whether you’re an avid gardener or you just like …

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Keeping holiday plants alive past the holidays


Traditional holiday plants like poinsettias add color and beauty to your home during the holiday season, but did you know they don’t need to fade away when the last of the decorations get boxed …

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Fall cleanup a drag? This year, give the raking and mulching to someone else.

Just a short while ago, your yard was the scene for fun and relaxation. But when fall comes around, there’s so much to do to get the yard ready for its long winter nap. Between …

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Cutting Back + Cleaning Up

Storm Ready Gardening
The Mid Atlantic’s unpredictable weather patterns are infamous. The top 50 storms in Maryland have all occurred in the months of September and October. Property damage has included unnecessary destruction from loose …

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Canine and Feline Engagement while at work

With the Back-to-School season upon us, our pets need something to keep them engaged while we are away from the house. Have you ever considered what you could do to help keep your dog and/or …

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Add life and color to your dormant garden with fall annuals

When fall rolls around, it’s time for the unpleasant chore of yanking up the faded, scraggly blooms of summer. Luckily, there’s no need to tolerate empty pots and barren beds through the fall and winter. …

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Building a backyard fire pit


Wouldn’t you love to sit around your own fire pit on a crisp, starry night? It’s easier than you might think to build one. All you need are the right materials and a weekend …

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The best plants for shady gardens

There’s a common misconception that a shady garden means a dreary garden, but just because your garden doesn’t get full sun all day long doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Yes, the hosta is everyone’s …

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Beat The Heat

Summer is filled with fun and excitement, but it can also be quite hot and pose potential dangers to us and our pets. There are a few things to consider when planning summer activities with …

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The intricate language of flowers

Words are only one way to communicate. There is body language, sign language and, of course, hundreds of emojis we can use to express what we’re feeling.

Perhaps one of the more poetic ways to …

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Crapemyrtle Care Guide 2019


Planting your crapemyrtle in the proper site will promote flowering, control mildew, and avoid winter damage.
Thrives in sun and heat, provided adequate moisture is available
A slightly elevated position …

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Summer with Pets: Outdoor and Travel safety tips

Fireworks & Thunderstorms

Keep pets in a secure location preferably inside.
Occupy the space with fresh water, toys, and leave a TV or Radio on for noise distractions.
Prior to the event, …

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