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Planning and budgeting for a new raised bed garden

Even though it is snowing again today, I am dreaming of gardening season and I am working on a budget for a new raised bed garden that will be 8’ x 4’ x 12”. I have always grown vegetables in…

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How to plan a garden now — and challenge yourself to try something new

January in western Maryland is not what you would call “prime” gardening season; however, it is one of my favorite times to start thinking and planning for my upcoming gardens and gardening projects. I am lucky to have several season…

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Native Solitary Bees: Don’t Make Your Landscape Too Tidy This Fall

Cooler evening temperatures might have you switching gears from planting and maintaining your landscape to fall decorating and garden cleanup chores. While cleaning up diseased and pest-infested plants in your yard and garden are important to prevent problems in the…

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Firefly or Lightening Bug? You Decide!

This summer I have witnessed more fireflies than I’ve ever seen. Each evening gracing our fields and pasture, it is truly unbelievable to see thousands of beautiful and magical flashes of light as night falls. My 4 year old absolutely…

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These Wasps Are Not Social Distancing!

Wasps are some of the most highly disliked insects and are often all linked together with bees as being “bad”. When my co-workers and I led a group of elementary school children on a bee lesson, our very first question…

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Hidden Garden Party: Who’s Eating Whom?

Who loves a party? I know I do, especially a summer BBQ with all the family favorites! Insects are no exception and really know how to have some fun. Pictured above is a party of aphids, which are tiny little…

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Carpenter Bees Are Native Pollinators

A sure sign of spring is the emergence of carpenter bees. Have you seen the perfectly circular small holes that these bees chew into wood? I mean honestly, I have trouble drawing a perfect circle freehand, much less chewing one!  …

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