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Gardening Resolutions 2020

Happy New Year! At the beginning of January we typically think through what we plan to do better in the coming twelve months in all aspects of our lives, whether that’s reading more books or committing to a fitness program…

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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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How will climate change affect native plants?

Maryland temperatures are predicted to increase 5⁰ F to 11⁰ F by 2100. Higher temperatures will cause native plants to experience more heat-related stress, a situation that will be made worse by longer droughts. Warmer temperatures will cause earlier leaf…

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Record Rainfall and Resilient Vegetable Gardens

More than 63 inches of rain has fallen so far this year on the Baltimore/Washington region, breaking a 129 year record. Gardeners are more often in the habit of hoping and praying for rain during hot, dry spells. This year…

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Climate-Smart Garden and Lawn Techniques

Our own Dr. Sara Via, Professor and Climate Extension Specialist here at UMD has been featured in a pair of brief audio programs and articles produced by Yale Climate Connections.

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How Climate Change Works

In my last post, I addressed some common questions that farmers ask about climate change. Although I considered why the scientific information documenting climate change is trustworthy, I didn’t actually explain how climate change works. A savvy reader picked up…

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Climate Change??  Show Me The Evidence

If you’re not sure whether climate change is real, you’re not alone. Although recent surveys reveal that 75% of Marylanders think climate change is occurring, many people say they just don’t know enough to be certain about whether it is…

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