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 – Garrett

If you’ve been following along this year you’ll have read my post gloating about how my baby brother was (finally) giving gardening a try and how THRILLED I am about it. Like many first-time gardeners, he said he was going to start small and ended up with a full blown collection of herbs and vegetables. Let’s see how his first season is going, shall we? … Continue reading Millennial Gardener Feature Month 2020 – Garrett

Food for Thought: Sunflowers Are For The Birds

Literally. I mean besides the obvious fact that birds eat sunflower seeds. Sunflowers are, in every way, for the birds. Sure, they’re beautiful eye candy that adds a pop of color to any yard or garden, and the insects LOVE them. Bees, hover flies, June bugs, Assassin bugs, beetles of all kinds; you name it. But, to our feathered friends sunflowers are so much more … Continue reading Food for Thought: Sunflowers Are For The Birds

Summer Garden Highlights 2020

About this time each year, I force myself to take pause and evaluate the status of my garden. I share whats growing, the things that have gone well, the epic failures and what I’ve learned thus far. This year has been no different; I’ve had some surprising successes and some frustrating failures but there are lessons hidden everywhere so let’s learn together. Shall we? Let’s … Continue reading Summer Garden Highlights 2020