Maryland Grows

Category: Food Gardening


Squash Family Pest Problem Tips

The squash plant family (Cucurbitaceae) includes many garden favorites- cucumber, summer and winter squash, pumpkin, muskmelon, and watermelon. Unfortunately, it’s a family vulnerable to some of the most consequential insect pest and disease problems. The names squash bug, cucumber beetle,…

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Featured Video: Keep Bugs Off My Vegetables! How to Deal With Insects in the Garden

Mike Raupp, “The Bug Guy” for the University of Maryland Extension, talks about an easy way to get rid of pesky bugs in your garden called Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. Integrated Pest Management coordinates the use of pest biology,…

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Onions and day length

Have you ever looked through a seed catalog, deciding which onion seed or plants to buy, and been perplexed by the words “long-day” or “short-day” attached to each variety? Or sometimes “intermediate-day” or “day-neutral”? You might just give up in…

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Heirloom or Hybrid: What’s in My Seed Packet?

Selecting new seeds to buy each year is an exciting activity. Whether choosing vegetables or flowers, there is more to our selection process than falling for a pretty picture. Does it matter if the seed is an open-pollinated variety or…

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Featured Video – Container Gardening

Container gardening is a great way for beginning gardeners to start producing their own food. Jon Traunfeld from the University of Maryland Extension talks about everything you need to know, from potting soil to planting, to grow vegetables in containers….

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Black Covers Can Put Weeds to Bed… For Good

Have you experienced one or more of these garden scenarios? It’s early April and chickweed, henbit and other winter annual weeds are growing so thickly in a vegetable or flower bed that the soil can’t be seen. The winter rye…

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Lawn and Garden Tips for March

Ornamental Plants Starting Seeds Indoors – Many types of annual flower plants can be started indoors this month. Generally, most are started 5-6 weeks before they are planted outdoors. Spring bulbs are emerging and some are even flowering at this time. Exposed leaves…

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