Author Archives: Rachel Edler

After you move, get to know your new landscaping

After moving to a new city, most people like to spend time getting to know their new community. They might spend a day walking around the neighborhood, checking out the nearby shops and restaurants, who the locals …

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The Zika virus scare: 5 steps you can take to control mosquitoes and prevent bites in your backyard

The Zika virus has already affected more than 1 million people in Central and South America, and now there’s cause for concern about the deadly disease coming to the U.S. While outbreaks in …

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How to store leftover seeds for next year's garden season

You’ve finished planting your vegetables, fruit and flowers, but now you’re left with extra seeds and are not quite sure what to do with them. Do you just throw the seeds away, or can you …

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What is a rain garden?

During a storm, rain travels through downspouts, runs across lawns and streets, and then is ushered down a storm drain that dumps the water into streams and lakes. This would be fine, except for the …

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Choosing the best full-sun plants for your Maryland yard

Every spring you plant your garden and dream of the beautiful blooming flowers soon to come. Those dreams are quickly diminished, though, if your plants haven’t quite taken off like you’d imagined by the end …

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Make your own garden markers with these three easy DIY ideas

Spring is the one time when you actually love getting your hands dirty because it means you’re outside working in the garden! To you, there’s nothing more relaxing than digging your hands into the fresh …

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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 …

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Keep the kids active and outdoors this summer with these easy garden ideas

TVs, iPads and video games aren’t necessarily bad when enjoyed in small doses, and these devices can actually come in handy during those cold Maryland winters when the kids are cooped up indoors. Now that …

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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, …

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Why are some eggs brown?

When scanning the selection of eggs at the grocery store, you’ll most likely see white shells inside each carton. If you raise chickens or buy eggs from the local farmer’s market, however, you’ve probably noticed …

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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 …

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Grow a garden oasis for pollinators with these 4 tips

Most people view bees as just a nuisance and wish to get rid of them, but as a gardener, you understand just how beneficial these insects truly are. Like butterflies and hummingbirds, bees are pollinators …

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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 …

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Pet Proof Your Holidays

The holidays can be a busy time for families, and if you have pets in the home those distractions could put your four-legged family members in danger. So as you decorate the home in tinsel …

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The Perfect Greenery to Decorate Your Home for the Holidays

Nothing decorates a home during the holiday season better than a Christmas tree. One of the best investments your family can make for this holiday season and the many more to come is investing in …

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Planting Amaryllis Bulbs In Three Easy Steps For Beautiful Winter Blooms

Everyone loves flowers and during the dead of winter, they can spruce up a house with their beautiful colors. One plant that shines at this time of year is the amaryllis. If you’ve been thinking …

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Poinsettias Bring Living Holiday Cheer into Your Home During the Long Winter Months

Nothing spruces up your home and adds color for the holidays better than a poinsettia plant. A traditional red poinsettia blends perfectly with the reds and greens found in many holiday decorations. If you want …

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Customized Wreaths Make Stunning Home Decorations

Decorating your home like those you see in a magazine spread isn’t easy. It requires an artistic mind and some design know-how, as well as a sense of color, size, lighting and an understanding of …

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Holiday Lighting Tips and Tricks

‘Tis the season to deck the house in garland and lights, and maybe an illuminated lawn ornament or two! If you’re planning to flip the switch and light your house and yard up with festive …

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Beginners Guide to Gardening: Harvesting Those Fall Veggies

The fall gardening season is coming to an end, and you probably have plenty of delicious vegetables to keep you busy processing and freezing for weeks to come. From roasting squash to steaming kale, your …

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