Fall Planting Preparation

The cooler days of fall are a welcome respite after the heat of summer. What you do in your garden now can set you up for a successful fall harvest and spring …
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DIY: How to Make Your Own Compost Pile

If you're a gardener but you don't yet compost, now is a great time to start. Composting is beneficial both to you and the environment, and it's simple to do …
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All About Mulch and How It's Different From Compost

It's spring, and the local gardening email groups are abuzz with questions about mulch, especially:  What to use?  But before we get to what,  let's look at …
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What to Do with Your Dead Leaves - A Roundup of Opinions

      This time of year you see a lot of “eco-friendly” gardening advice about dead leaves and I wholeheartedly endorse the bottom line - that it’s crazy to …
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Organic Mulches for Fall

  Are your beds and borders mulched and ready for winter?  Mulches do a lot to moderate soil temperature, which means preventing freeze-thaw cycles that can …
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Maryland Extension Hort Guru Lew Shell on Soil

  Remember the lovely kitchen garden on the grounds of the Governor's residence in Annapolis?  It's used not just for teaching kids to grow food and, you know, …
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Compost Guru Frank Gouin Answers All Our Questions

  I'd heard Dr. Frank Gouin's name mentioned almost reverentially for years and wasn't about to miss his winter workshop at Homestead yesterday.    So without …
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Dead Leaf Debate, Part 2 - Chopping and Composting

[Part 1 covered  whether to remove dead leaves in the garden.] If you've decided to do something positive with your dead leaves (as opposed to, say, sending …
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Much Debate Over What to Do With Dead Leaves

It all started when an article called "Leaf it Be!" was distributed via email list to gardeners around Metro DC.   In it, the author comes to the rescue of …
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