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Yard and Garden Tips and Tasks for July

Spotted lanternfly adults may be found feeding on many hosts, especially tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissma). Report any finds to the Maryland Department of Agriculture immediately, collect a sample or take digital photos of what you have found.   Bagworm caterpillars are now very…

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Monthly Tips for October

Ornamental Plants Mums that are planted this late should be treated as an annual. They will not become established over the winter. Fall-planted asters, however, will become established. Ornamental kale and cabbage produce a nice show of foliage but usually…

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Starting Vegetable Seeds Under Fluorescent Lights

Well,  all of my vegetable seed orders have been placed and the seeds are on their way.  Now, all I have to do is check my fluorescent lights in the basement, get a bale of seed starting mix and make…

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Eat your greens – ALL of them!

They’re good for you, and you don’t want to waste food, do you? Now sit down and… Sorry. The mom in me got a little out of hand there. But we’re in the middle of greens harvesting season, and I…

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Thank Goodness for Daylight Savings Time

I may have jumped the gun (warm weather) a little bit, but yesterday was so pleasant that I thought I would do some planting.  I’ve had broccoli, cabbage, choi, lettuce and tatsoi hardening off in my cold frames and they looked…

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Early Broccoli

We can say our garden never sleeps. Presently, garlic, herbs, onion and broccoli plants are growing. With the warm late winter temperatures, we already started harvesting broccoli and it’s only early March. We used the overwinter technique a.k.a “hibernation” with…

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Two tutus for fall broccoli

Did tutu fabric protect Howard County Master Gardener Susan Levi-Goerlich’s broccoli from cabbage butterflies this summer? I checked with Susan last week at her plot at Westside Gardens, a part of Columbia Gardeners, Inc., to get a progress report. “Yes,…

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