Maryland Grows

Category: Food Gardening


Heatless hot peppers

I’ve been using this current cold snap to get my seed orders together, and one thing I am planning to grow this season is a few not-so-hot peppers. Not in the “yuck, far from delicious” sense, but in the “surprisingly…

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Are Cheaper Vegetable and Flower Seeds Just as Good as More Expensive Seeds?

“Though I do not believe a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” From Faith in…

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My Accidental Taro Adventure

I grew taro this year pretty much by accident. Here’s how it happened. This spring I gave a talk on root vegetables to a lovely group of seniors. For this talk, I like to buy a bunch of widely assorted…

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North Georgia Candy Roaster: A Winter Squash to Remember

I enjoy the variety and versatility of winter squashes but don’t consider myself a big enthusiast for these dependable garden staples. However, one cultivar that I’ve come across over the years in seed catalogs and the heirloom gardening world has…

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Think vertical!

Winter is coming! And the months when we’re less active planting and harvesting are a great time to strategize for next year’s garden. One of the tasks you might plan over the winter (or actually complete, if the weather is…

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The Elusive Fig

Fig questions have been pouring into the Home & Garden Information Center’s Ask an Expert service this fall. One reason for this, I think, is that most of Maryland’s fig trees were not “killed to the ground” during the relatively…

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Allium Leafminer: Possible Ornamental Plant Pest?

There is a new pest in our area first found in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in December 2015. It is the Allium leafminer (Phytomyza gymnostoma) which attacks Allium plant species. Leeks tend to be the most damaged host, but all Allium…

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