Features

There’s some power in potting mix

Sometimes gardening research produces an interesting anomaly. That’s what happened to Neith Little, a University of Maryland Extension Educator in Urban Agriculture, when she was looking into the pH and salinity of growing media typically used in high tunnels on urban...

Get that puzzle together. Make it keepsake art

Before the coronovirus outbreak, boxes of jigsaw puzzles were gathering dust on shelves and in closets. Short of a family gathering, holiday or hurricane, folks were far too time-challenged to partake of the slow steady satisfaction they provide. But with so many...

Dream rose garden worth the effort

Roses have a checkered history with home gardeners, leading many to chalk them up as more trouble than they’re worth. “That’s because for years, the rose industry focused on the perfect bloom and forgot all about drought resistance, disease and fragrance,” said Chris...

New to a garden center near you

Your gardens may be dormant in winter, but your local garden centers, nurseries and landscape designers don’t take a break. They spend the start of the year attending the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show in Baltimore. It was the 50th anniversary of the show and brought...

Gardening CSI: Do you need a pro?

With the advent of warmer weather, hopefully all the early signs point to a banner year in your garden. If not, though, how do you decide if you’re over your head and should seek the assistance of a professional horticulturalist or arborist? Early this past winter,...

Greenhouse grows plants, ‘A-ha moments’

So, how did it go — that grand plan of yours to start seeds indoors over the winter to save money for spring planting? If you never quite got to it, the 11th and 12th graders in Terry Nuwer’s Agricultural Science program have your back. They’ve been working hard...

‘Color outside the lines’

If you visit the garden of Dr. Robert Lyons, professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, you might say it is too bright, too intense, even garish. “Always, to color outside the lines,” he says. “If plants work together and grow, why not plant them together?” A...

The bumblebee’s heavy load

Ants are often the poster child for being able to carry immense weight relative to their size but bumble bees are no slouch as big lifters of the insect world, either. While an ant can carry up to 50 times its body weight, the humble bumble bee loads itself up with...

Big saws opening doors for Boyle

Ever since the sawmill capable of cutting logs larger than five feet in diameter arrived in 2014 starting his business Wood Ingenuity, David Boyle has had his big tree radar cranked up. “I was bad about it,” he admits of those early years searching for large trees....

African violets offer break from dreariness

Routinely ranking as one of the most popular houseplants, African violets are one of the bright spots in a month that often reaches the peak of winter dreariness. They feature flowers nearly all year and are relatively easy to care for since they prefer the same...

New home products for 2020 just might save you money

“A lot of people really don’t like their cable bill,” stated Boyce Thompson, the author of three books on residential design and construction and one of the featured exhibitors at this fall’s Maryland Home and Garden Show, where he showcased his “Top 10 Life-Changing...

Construct wooden decorations for your garden

Wooden home decorations are an excellent choice for creating a beautiful and cozy home. You do not have to purchase all your wooden decorations; you can make some. Wood is readily available and you may even pick small logs while walking in the woods. Once you have...

Ride out the winter in the garage

Gardening is not just a beloved pastime for many Americans; it’s also a way to get exercise, to get the mental health benefits of spending time outdoors, and to take a little time for themselves during the day. That’s why so many people stick to gardening and...

Trending: Ecological backyard solutions

Although last fall’s edition of the Maryland Home & Garden Show showcased more home than garden, two of the show’s garden exhibitors had some novel gardening ideas that reflected a few of 2019’s top gardening trends, all of which look to continue to grow into...

Zajic’s homegrown botanic gem thriving

Down a private road in Sussex County, Del., is a garden that backs up to Old Mill Creek, the eastern-most branch of the 150-acre Red Mill Pond. This American-style called Mill Pond Garden, is designed by its owner, Michael Zajic, a former horticultural supervisor of...

Train garden on track for 85th year

Last summer I spotted an elf at work in downtown Cambridge. Wearing offseason attire — shorts and t-shirt — he hunkered amidst a gaggle of model train equipment inside the “old” firehouse, the door ajar to let in some air. Waving me inside, it seemed like Christmas in...