Maryland Grows

Category: Lawn & Garden


Deer: Stay Out of My Garden!

Q: I had great plans for my vegetable garden last year, but it was overrun with deer. They nibbled my seedlings down to the ground and ate my tomatoes. What can I plant this year that these varmints won’t eat?…

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Q&A: What kind of soil should I use in raised beds?

Q: I plan to build four raised beds for vegetable gardens in the spring. I need to purchase garden soil to fill these beds. What kind of soil should I use in raised beds? What do I look for when…

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Monthly Tips for February

Soil Test your soil. Be prepared to raise soil pH with lime or lower soil pH with iron sulfate and elemental sulfur this spring according to the written recommendations you receive.  For more information on soil testing see: Soil Testing Bare…

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Winter Sowing: How I Get a Jump Start on My Summer Flower Garden

Winter sowing is a technique gardeners can use to start growing seeds outdoors during the winter months. If you have limited space for starting seeds indoors, winter sowing might be an option for you, depending on what you want to grow. I first tried winter sowing last year with…

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Light Choices for Starting Plants Indoors

There seem to be new lighting choices for indoor plant growing every year. If you’ve been starting annual flower and vegetable plants indoors you probably learned early on that natural light entering through windows is hardly ever adequate. Some type…

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Post Oaks in the Big City

If you live in one of Maryland’s older towns, you probably have a lot of heritage trees – native trees inherited from the forests and fields that existed before your town was built out. It’s part of what gives old…

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Q&A: What’s wrong with my cherry laurel shrubs?

Q: My cherry laurels do not look good. There are brown spots and holes on the leaves and white stuff on the trunk. What can I do? A: First, there is a lot to like about cherry laurels (Prunus laurocerasus)….

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