Quick Tips 10.17.2020

It’s that time of year, leaves are falling and you’re raking up mass piles of…mulch. Yes, that’s right. Leaves serve as an excellent form of mulch for overwintering perennial herbs, flowers and vegetables. 3-4 inches of leaf litter layered over the base of plants helps maintain moisture levels, creates an insulation barrier by trapping air, and prevents soil erosion. As a bonus, keeping a layer … Continue reading Quick Tips 10.17.2020

Food for Thought: Fall Plantings

Gardening, much like all things in life, is all about perspective. The fun part is how that perspective changes throughout one’s gardening journey. In my case, one aspect of my gardening perspective that has changed dramatically over the last five years is how I view succession planting. Specifically, planting in late summer for a fall harvest. When we moved to Maryland (zone 7a) I was … Continue reading Food for Thought: Fall Plantings

Saving Cucumber Seeds

We’ve survived the dog days of summer, and as autumn creeps in our plants start to look exhausted. Growth slows, the leaves may take on a yellow tinge or start to curl under, and productivity drops; the season’s end is approaching. Now is a good time to start weighing your options for seed saving. Do you have any heirloom or open-pollinated varieties growing in your … Continue reading Saving Cucumber Seeds

Millennial Gardener Feature Month 2020 – Closing Remarks

I would like to extend many thanks to this year’s features. I always take great pleasure in reading about their gardening journeys. Whether it’s their first attempt or they’ve been gardening for decades, both perspectives are invaluable for others within the gardening community. This group in particular seemed to emanate the “just go for it” vibe and I love it! Each year, no matter how … Continue reading Millennial Gardener Feature Month 2020 – Closing Remarks

Millennial Gardener Feature Month 2020 – Andrea

As our final feature of 2020, it is my pleasure to introduce Andrea (and Ally). Andrea and I have chatted about her little garden throughout the season and her enthusiasm has been a breath of fresh air during these unprecedented times. She has embraced her failures as gracefully as her successes and she’s already looking forward to more challenges next season. Take a look! Name: … Continue reading Millennial Gardener Feature Month 2020 – Andrea

Millennial Gardener Feature Month 2020 – Katie

I’ve had the pleasure of making some new friends this year, one of which was the fabulous Ms. Katie Cole. She and her fellas had expressed interest in some of the pepper and tomato plants that I was starting from seed, so I handed off seedlings and from the looks of things they have done a fantastic job tending them! Let’s see how their 2020 … Continue reading Millennial Gardener Feature Month 2020 – Katie

Millennial Gardener Feature Month 2020 – Tara

Another glorious Tuesday, another fabulous feature! This radiant soul not only cultivated a thriving kitchen garden but she repurposed an old fence to build her own beautiful raised bed. Tara’s can-do attitude set her up for a successful first year of gardening here in the Mid-Atlantic; let’s see what she has growing! Name: Tara Jensen State: Maryland Grow Zone: 7a Gardening style (container, raised bed, … Continue reading Millennial Gardener Feature Month 2020 – Tara