A Bittersweet End to Outdoor Gardening Season

It’s been a wet one hasn't it! Record rainfall levels and days upon days of lingering results. Since spring we have battled powdery mildew and fungus levels to …
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Top Plants for Shady Gardens

There's a common misconception that a shady garden means a dreary garden, but just because your garden doesn't get full sun all day long doesn't mean it can't …
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How to Repair Your Garden After a Spring Frost

Maryland springs are unpredictable. One day you'll be enjoying a sunny afternoon out on your patio. The next week you're bundled back up in a winter coat and …
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Should I Trim Back Hostas After the First Freeze?

Preparing your perennials for winter is essential if you want to see healthy blooms in the spring. Fortunately, some plants are very low-maintenance and …
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How to Prepare Your Perennials for Winter

Year after year we experience harsh winters with heavy snow, slick ice and freezing temperatures, yet our bodies never quite adapt to these unfavorable weather …
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5 Tips to Efficiently Water Your Garden

Water is a precious resource, and just like people need water to thrive, so do your plants. While watering plants is essential, there are ways to use the …
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5 Steps to Harden Off Seedlings

Botanical Interests '5 Steps to Harden Off Seedlings' Provided by Botanical Interests Hardening off is the process of getting indoor-started seedlings …
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Fencing Your Vegetable Garden to Keep the Critters Out

Your vegetable garden is enjoyed by all, and not just the members of your family. If left unattended and unguarded, it will be enjoyed by the little and larger …
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Bundle Up Your Garden

  Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert After the winter of 2013-2014, many of us want to be more vigilant to protect our precious trees and perennials from …
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When Gene Sumi Speaks, We Listen

  by Rita Calvert Every year both stores of Homestead Gardens feature winter workshops to help us get charged up for planting and growing seasons and just help …
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Most Popular Gardening Topics of 2013

It's the year with 365 brand new days to fill! Bet you never thought of it that way before. You chose if you want the day half (or completely) full or half …
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All Plants Think About Is Sex!

Seasonal Design with Rita Calvert Lucky me, to be able to visit Selby Boatanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida for the holidays. The real beauty of the exhibit …
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