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What work can I do in the perennial garden in the dead of winter? Edging! – Featured Video

Edging the beds to control weeds and to reduce the lawn area. Plus dividing perennials that you can watch in the event of heaving during the freeze-thaw cycle. Check out this pretty, evergreen perennial – Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’! Joyce Browning…

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The vegetable garden in a warm December

It’s going to be pretty chilly tonight, but the forecast for the coming week sounds a lot like the rest of December – unseasonably warm, and not the slightest chance of a white Christmas. We are breaking records both locally…

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Inside greenery for a snowy day

I don’t know about you, but in the middle of the winter I not only like to dream about summer gardens, I also want to have some greenery inside. Houseplants and I don’t get along well (plus my cats like…

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Winter Gardening and Climate Change

So, living in Howard county Maryland, our USDA plant hardiness zone recently changed from 6b to a warmer 7a, which raised USDA’s extreme minimum temperature from -5 to 0 degrees Fahrenheit.  This and other evidence indicates that our climate is…

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Yukon Golds stored in the ground for the winter

So today was grandparent duty day and I picked up my newly minted 5 year old grandson Tyler from preschool at 1 pm.  It was still such a nice day, I thought he and I could dig up a few…

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Hardening Off Vegetable Transplants, Season Extension

Well, I guess I knew that winter wasn’t entirely over, but will it change my plans to put in some early season broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce, not likely.  Monday, I set up one of my cold frames and loaded it…

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Update: greens post-Polar Vortex

I promised an update on how various protected and unprotected vegetable plants fared in the recent cold snap. We heard from Gordon Clark on his greens before the single-digit cold; here’s what he had to say about what happened next…

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