Maryland Grows

Category: Food Gardening


Cardinal Flower Is for Hummingbirds

I gave up on my hummingbird feeder years ago. It was more than I wanted to do to keep up with changing the sugar solution every two to three days, as recommended to keep the food free of spoilage that…

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Garden update: beans, eggplant, chard

This has been a tough year for bean-growing, at least around these parts; both the Derwood Demo Garden and my community garden have seen large populations of Mexican bean beetles, as well as hungry rabbits.

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Monthly Tips for August

Fruit If you must apply a pesticide, spray during the coolest parts of the day and follow label directions closely. Harvesting fruit before peak ripeness helps minimize problems with yellow jackets and sap beetles. Yellowjacket bottle traps are commercially available…

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No-till gardening and weed barriers

In a mid-March post, I wrote about the advantages of using heavy-duty weed barrier fabric to smother weeds and create a no-till plant bed. In mid-June, I found myself with two beds that were starting to get weedy. The winter…

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Reminder! 2018 Home & Garden Information Center Survey – Respond by July 31

The University of Maryland Extension Home & Garden Information Center (HGIC) is conducting a brief survey of its Ask a Gardening Expert service. This service is conducted by Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturists, employed by HGIC, who answer home gardening, lawn care, and pest management…

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Basil downy mildew is back in Maryland gardens

Hurry up and enjoy your basil plants while they are healthy. That insidious disease, downy mildew, is infecting basil across the mid-Atlantic region. I first noticed it in a Howard Co. community garden last week and then in my home…

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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. Learn more about plant pests. Take a look at more videos on the HGIC YouTube…

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