Author Archives: Rachel Edler

Groundcovers in winter

Just when it appeared that we’d debated ALL the possible reasons to remove dead leaves from our gardens, up pops another and it’s these lovely groundcovers.    Me, I’d rather look at these all winter than …

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Subscribe to Maryland’s Home and Garden Newsletter

Posted by Susan Harris

Great news from Maryland’s Cooperative Extension Service – which just happens to be routinely cited one of the best in the country.   It’s their bi-monthly newsletter, “full of  good gardening information …

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What I’m Really Doing in my Garden in November

by Gardening Coach Susan Harris

Here’s my monthly garden-coaching article about what a low-maintenance gardener (ME) really does, and still has a garden she’s thrilled to look at.   So it isn’t the 30+ things …

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Dead Leaf Debate, Part 2 – Chopping and Composting

Posted by Susan Harris

[Part 1 covered  whether to remove dead leaves in the garden.]

If you’ve decided to do something positive with your dead leaves (as opposed to, say, sending them …

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This Weekend: Poinsettia Fields Open for Your Inspection

Okay, they’re not fields, but 30,000 of them spread out over acres of greenhouses.   And this weekend you can get an inside view of how they’re grown and the surprising diversity in their look and size.

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Maryland Tree Program Means $25 Off Your Purchase

by Susan Harris

Maryland residents, lucky you!  You’re eligible for a $25 off coupon toward the purchase of any eligible tree priced at $50 or more.  The state is hoping to have 1 …

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For Garden Blogger Bloom Day: Roses, Berries and a bit of Fall Foliage

by Susan Harris

On the 15th of every month, over 150 garden bloggers from around the world take part in a fun event – posting photos of what’s blooming in their garden.   Garden Blogger Bloom …

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Much debate over what to do with dead leaves

Posted by Susan Harris

It all started when an article called “Leaf it Be!” was distributed via email list to gardeners around Metro DC.   In it, the author comes to the rescue …

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Joseph ♥ ‘Blue Princess’ Hollies

Posted by Susan Harris.

The other day I asked Joseph Panossian, Homestead’s Woodies Guy, for his top pick in the Woodies Department right now and he practically ran to grab a ‘Blue Princess’ …

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It’s Turkey-Tasting Time

Posted by Susan Harris.

Honestly, Thanksgiving wasn’t even on my radar til I ran into this turkey-tasting opportunity at Homestead the other day.   Available for tasting were white and dark turkey tidbits grown …

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Not too late to plant trees and shrubs

Posted by Susan Harris.

You don’t have to take my word for it – it’s what Joel Lerner says in today’s Washington Post.  Read the whole article.

And he has this to say about pruning …

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Golden Spades do Poinsettias

Posted by Susan Harris

Meet the Golden Spades, the bunch of committed gardeners who come to Homestead monthly to soak up a little Sumi wisdom.  They meet at 10 a.m. on first Tuesdays, …

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The Annapolis blogger behind food and gardening blog “What’s the Muck?”

Posted by Susan Harris
Well, if you’re reading this you’ve seen at least ONE garden blog but did you know there are thousands of them?  There are over 1,000 in this …

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Another fall stunner – Amsonia hubrichtii

Posted by Susan Harris

My absolute favorite perennial for late October, early November?  Amsonia hubrichtii, common name Willow Blue Star (though I’ve never seen anyone actually use that.  So I think in this …

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What’s up with FreezePruf?

Posted by Susan Harris

Suddenly, blue bottles of a product called FreezePruf are showing up on the doorsteps of garden writers and on the shelves of retail garden centers.   And naturally, bloggers are …

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Love plants? Then watch Michael Pollan’s “Botany of Desire” on PBS Wednesday October 28

by Susan Harris
Most people know Michael Pollan as a food writer and activist for local and organic food, but his earlier gardening books are what made me a fan.   His Second …

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Japanese Maples!

They’re so beautiful in late October, a poor blogger’s tempted to say “OMG!”

Posted by Susan Harris

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Ornamental Grasses in all their Glory

by Susan Harris
Who can resist ornamental grasses in October?  Or even more so in November, December, January and February when there isn’t much going on in the garden but we haven’t yet removed …

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What I’m doing in my garden in October

by Susan Harris
You know those long lists of Things to Do This Month, with somewhere between 20 and 30 items? Honestly, instead of inspiring me to take action, they cause my eyes to glaze over …

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