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Dogwood trees worth the extra work

Dogwood trees worth the extra work

Dogwood trees can at times feel like caring for a young child. A favorite of Southerners, the trees are a bit picky about where they’re put, getting cranky in too much sun, moisture or dryness or when their environment changes quickly. But their inspiring beauty and...

Try tomatoes that don’t bite back

The second Sunday in May is set aside for celebrating moms, grandmoms, and others who have lovingly nurtured us. But it also marks the unofficial start of outdoor planting season for gardeners who’ve lovingly tended tomato plants...

Brothers are history detectors

If you have ever spotted someone ambling along in a field, slowly swinging a metal detector to and fro with each careful step, and wondered, “What could they possibly be finding out there?”, the answer might surprise you. The Mid-Shore is rife with history and...

Plant pairing sites prepare combo platter

As a former editor of The Mid-Atlantic Grower newspaper for horticulture and a garden club member, I get lots of e-mails about gardening. Recently an e-mail from Proven Winners announced the launch of a new, free “Perfect Plant Pairings” tool which was developed to...

Growing ‘forgotten fruit’

If you could choose any fruit tree to grow, which would you pick?. Today’s iconic standby, the apple, would likely be the most popular answer. But some area growers with a taste for adventure are branching out, helping to carve a new niche for forgotten native...

Help out those hummingbirds … naturally

Help out those hummingbirds … naturally

One of the sweetest visual treats of spring is viewing those visiting bejeweled beauties, hummingbirds. To keep the seasonal spectacle going, people often double down in their feeding efforts, dutifully purchasing or making syrup, filling, then rigorously cleaning...

A plan to can is a plan for the future

There’s no need to go into detail that 2020 was strange, but one good thing that may have come out of it is more downtime and many people looking to grow and preserve their own food. The process offers a way to cut grocery costs and boost the body with more healthy...

It’s just the way the worm turns

Not all worms are created equal. Gardeners typically consider worms “the best thing you can do for your soils.” But that is not true, asserts Ryan Hueffmeier, director of the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center in Minnesota. He was the speaker in a recent Zoom...

When a nest can become a pest

A popular and pesky spot that birds choose to nest, such as this mother blackbird and her chicks, are the corners of a porch or garage roof. There’s something so fascinating about finding a bird’s nest as a child. A little home crafted by birds using bits of nature to...

Classical arrangement: New life for vintage jewelry

Some 40 years ago, Nancy Jarvis opened her front door to find a large unlabeled box she wasn’t expecting. Upon opening it, she found it full of artificial flowers and it fueled her craftiness and creativity. “I just went crazy,” she said. “I started making wreaths and...

Phlox offers a little bit of everything

Phlox offers a little bit of everything

At the turn of the 20th century, phlox was a mainstay in most gardens for its numerous varieties, soft colors and versatility. Its popularity faded after World War II as perennial gardens became viewed by many as too old-fashioned but has since made a comeback with...

Technology helping us to connect in pandemic

Keeping in touch in current times can be difficult with restrictions, but the pandemic has also shown the importance of reaching out to your loved ones. From the elderly living alone or in assisted living, college kids who aren’t able to easily travel home as often,...

Creativity hanging on by a thread

Creativity hanging on by a thread

Before the trees at the Adkins Arboretum naturally show their color this year, a group of creative people are giving some an early burst through the center’s yarnstorming event. With aliases like yarn bombing, guerrilla knitting and “kniffiti,” yarnstorming is a form...

Displays say: ‘Love thy neighbor’

February on the Eastern Shore can be bleak; the sparkle and excitement of the holiday season have passed, and the dreary, gray winter days fade quickly into dark, chilly evenings. An uplifting sight, however, can be found on Talbot Street in St. Michaels every year...

Gardening witnessing resurgence of interest

With 2021 well under way, the new year for gardeners is right around the corner. Each year, Garden Media Group issues a trends report, discussing what’s popular and emerging on the gardening scene. “This year, we had to scrap many trends we had identified and examine...

A hobby with every fiber of your being

Michelle Follett refers to her relatively new shop, in downtown Cambridge, as a “destination for the serious and the curious.” Those already involved in weaving and textile arts are summoned into Michelle Follett’s Textile Teachings with beautiful fiber of every color...