Maryland Grows

Category: Lawn & Garden


Spooky Behaviors of Pollinators: The Curious Lives of Parasitic Bees

Fall is here and along with the pumpkins and falling leaves, there is one thing that pops up everywhere: Halloween! And because I can’t add Halloween decorations to a blog post, this blog will have a “conceptual” Halloween twist. Today,…

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Spooky season brings us creepy but tame beneficial Garden Orb Weaver spiders – Featured Video

Come and see the big female garden orb weaver, she has a huge cicada in her web. View video on YouTube Joyce Browning Horticulturist, Master Gardener Coordinator Video credit: Bethany Evans Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Program Alumni; CPH

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Create a pollinator-friendly garden

Soldier beetle

What did you have for breakfast?  If your plate included toast with jam, fresh berries, granola with nuts, coffee and juice, you had a nice balanced breakfast, right? Take away everything that needs a pollinator and your left with only dry…

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Podcast: HGIC’s lead horticulturist reveals this year’s top gardening topics

What are the most frequently asked questions this year at the Maryland Extension’s Home & Garden Information Center? Our lead horticulturist Debra Ricigliano revealed some of the hottest topics during her chat with Washington Gardener Magazine editor Kathy Jentz for…

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Rain Gardens – The Garden Thyme Podcast

In this month’s episode, we are chatting all about the benefits of rain gardens (~12:45).  Every time itrains, water runs off impervious surfaces such as roofs, driveways, roads, and parking lots, collectingpollutants along the way. Maryland’s average rainfall is about…

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My flowers should be attracting lots of pollinators, but they’re not. What’s going on?

The presence of pollinators on flowers depends on many factors, so it is hard to know exactly why they are not visiting your flowers as much as you would expect. Plus, sometimes these factors happen simultaneously, so it may be…

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Invite butterflies to your garden

A common buckeye butterfly sips nectar from native New York ironweed.

Raise your hand if you love butterflies.  Wow, that’s a lot of hands.  It’s hard to resist the fluttering appeal of butterflies with their delicate wings, zig-zag flight and graceful presence in our gardens.  So, why resist?  Revel in butterflies’ visits…

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