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Building healthy soil is the key to healthy plants

Healthy soil grows healthy plants.  If you want a vigorous, productive garden, protect and improve your soil. Soil is made up of minerals, air, water, and organic matter.  This skin of the Earth anchors and grows our food, filters our…

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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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Blueberry success is all in the soil

Blueberries on the vine

Farmers and gardeners learn much by daily tending soils and plants. But the winter “off-season” affords us time to dig deeper into topics of interest and learn from co-cultivators and experts in the field. I spent some time in a…

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Garden Cleanup and Soil Improvement

Food gardens are in transition in October. Cool-season crops hit their stride and cover crops replace tired warm-season crops. Rather than put the entire garden to bed we may decide to coax more food from the ground with row covers,…

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The Garden Hoes Podcast Episode 06 Part 2 – Gardening with Children

Listen to this episode If you’re teleworking like we are, keeping the little ones entertained while getting everything checked off on your weekly “to do” list can seem impossible. In this special edition, we explore all the fun ways you…

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The Garden Hoes Podcast Episode 06 PART 1 – Soil Health and planting trees

Listen to this episode Hello Listener, We hope you and your family are safe during this difficult time. Our April episode ended up being rather lengthy, so we decided to turn it into two episodes. So this month you will…

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Serpentine Soils Are Anything But Barren: They Support a Unique Grassland Habitat

I have never been to the African grasslands, where lions, zebras, elephants, and wildebeests seem to be in continuous danger. I have, however, been to a Maryland habitat that few people know about, and that, even though lion-, zebra-, elephant-…

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