Maryland Grows

Category: Food Gardening


Winter is for garden planning

It’s time to plan the 2020 vegetable garden! Or at least time to start thinking about it. Times have changed – I used to be thrilled when a seed catalog showed up before Christmas, and now it’s “What? The first…

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Please Pass the Cranberry Sauce and Give Thanks for Pollination

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones and usually involves first preparing and then ingesting a lot of delicious goodies. Each family has recipes and traditions related to Thanksgiving, and even foreigners (like myself) may join in and…

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Winterizing Figs and Planting Cover Crops in a Changing Climate

Planning, preparation, timing, and flexibility are becoming more important for food gardeners trying to adapt to climate change. For example, some gardeners are planting more late crops and reaping larger and longer harvests of leafy greens in the fall. But…

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Halloween vegetable stories and a squash update

Hope everyone enjoyed a spooky, stormy Halloween. Above is the oversized turnip that my mom carved a few years ago in accordance with the pre-pumpkin British Isles tradition. You can read about carving turnips in this Atlas Obscura story. I have…

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Unique Garden that Grows Plants, Families & Friendships

On morning runs through the neighborhood I began noticing a unique home garden. It encompassed a large part of the backyard and it seemed like a new bed or structure was always popping up. I wanted a closer look. I…

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How to Pick and Keep the Perfect Pumpkin – Featured Video

Searching for a pumpkin for the Halloween season?  Watch this video from NC State Extension about picking and storing pumpkins. Learn more about pumpkin and winter squash at the HGIC website.  

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The green tomato dilemma; or, will this fruit get any riper?

I was reminded on social media this morning of an article published back in June by John Porter on the Garden Professors blog. It’s about which fruits (some of which are vegetables in a culinary sense) continue to ripen after…

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