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Basil downy mildew is back in Maryland gardens

Hurry up and enjoy your basil plants while they are healthy. That insidious disease, downy mildew, is infecting basil across the mid-Atlantic region. I first noticed it in a Howard Co. community garden last week and then in my home…

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Wisdom from the Pizza Garden

Ashley Bodkins (University of Maryland Faculty Extension Assistant & Master Gardener Coordinator, Garrett County) gave a great presentation yesterday on creating a pizza garden, the latest installment in the series Garrett County Vegetable Gardening Classes and Events. A pizza garden is not…

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Growing herbs in a cold frame

Well, we woke up to snow yet again this morning in Garrett County.  Will spring ever arrive in Mountain Maryland?  As we ponder that question, I thought I would share a trick that keeps a bit of green from our…

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Basil downy mildew

Does your basil look like this? Then I’m sorry to say your plants are likely to have downy mildew, a fungal disease that’s fatal to our favorite pesto ingredient. I found it on some of the Italian basil plants in…

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New to me: growing fenugreek

I just got done last week telling a bunch of Master Gardeners at our Annual Training Day that they ought to grow “new to you” plants, so here’s one of mine for the year – fenugreek! At the Washington Gardener…

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Guest post: Fast and furious cooking!

This is a guest post by Kurt Jacobson, who runs the Fast and Furious Cook blog. We’re very happy that he’s found our blog useful! Please check out all his great recipes.* Like some of you readers out there I…

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Grow it! indoors

Grow it ! Eat it! is a wonderful trend. I am glad that I am part of it. And the best part of it you can grow vegetables anywhere even if you have limited space. Pictures of some really great…

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