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Moth crystals can prevent indoor whiteflies

To rid your houseplants summering outdoors of whiteflies before bringing them indoors, use moth crystals, because in my experience, insecticidal soap will not work! In the evening, drape a clear plastic bag over the whitefly infested plant, and place a small Styrofoam...

Coreopsis features yellow-flower rewards

Coreopsis is a wonderful native herbaceous perennial that comes up out of the ground every spring, has dark green foliage and beautiful bright daisy-like yellow flowers in the summer. Like all plants, Coreopsis has a common name, Tick Seed, but it does not attract...

Crape myrtles entrenched as a Shore thing

While they may be native to places in East Asia, crape myrtles have long been ubiquitous with Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With a plethora of color and height options among its varieties, the tree’s beauty avails itself to a lot of different situations. They line streets...

Phippins are paying it forward

As Chris and C.J. Phippin moved around from state to state, their passion for helping foster children always came with them. After moving to Maryland last fall and settling into a property with more space than they’ve ever had, they want their outreach to expand as...

In pursuit of the hot pepper

With quarantine spring underway last April, I agreed to grow a pandemic garden with some neighbors. Taking a poll of preferred vegetables to sow, I prepared to hear the old standbys requested: tomatoes, lettuce, squash, carrots, cabbage, beets. But a transplanted Nova...