All About Terrariums

All About Terrariums

Terrariums are low maintenance, beautiful mini gardens that are great for small spaces indoors. Whether you received one as a gift or want to build one for your home or office, here is our guide. What are terrariums? Terrariums are also called mini greenhouses. They are small, sometimes enclosed, environments for plants. The plants and the soil in the terrarium release water vapor – essentially recycling water. The vapor is then collected onto the walls of the vessel and trickles down to the soil. Terrariums are self-nourishing, which is why they require little…continue reading →
The Ins and Outs of Indoor Seed Starting

The Ins and Outs of Indoor Seed Starting

The Ins and Outs of Indoor Seed Starting Indoor seed starting can be a rewarding experience, especially for the new gardner or a gardener who has a hard time waiting each year for Spring to come! If you are new to indoor seed starting, here's our step by step guide to get you started. Get Your Timing Right The goal to indoor seed starting is to have seedlings ready to go outside by the time the weather is favorable. This means that timing is everything. You will need to plant your seedlings early…continue reading →
Less is More for Your Flower Garden

Less is More for Your Flower Garden

Less is More for Your Flower Garden The Benefits of Biodegradable Pots For Your Garden In our plastic-taxed world today we need to find a way to shrink our man-made footprint! At Patuxent Nursery, this has been on our minds for several years. We have been working towards a biodegradable pot that can be planted in the ground and will break down in the soil leaving the soil in better condition. We are now moving forward in our annual production growing. Starting in the spring of 2019, we will be using an Ecco…continue reading →
How to Keep Potted Plants Alive

How to Keep Potted Plants Alive

Do you love plants, but find that gardening stresses you out? Do you cringe every time someone hands you a plant and tell them you’re “sure to kill it within a week?” Do you envy the green thumbs of your neighbors, friends and relatives, while struggling to keep even one houseplant yourself? If this sounds like you, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Plenty of people struggle to keep plants alive at first, but with time, practice and a little instruction, anyone can learn to do it. Just because it isn’t something that…continue reading →
How Much Mulch Do I Need

How Much Mulch Do I Need

Well, it is that time of year again.  The days are growing longer and the trees and shrubs are starting to bud.  Now is the time we start to think about enjoying the great outdoors again as the sun starts to warm things up. Prior to it getting too hot out, it is always a good time to do a thorough spring clean up of your yard. Along with that clean up, a fresh layer of mulch always says spring is here.  So, today we want to address many of the questions we…continue reading →
How to Care For Succulents – A Handy Guide

How to Care For Succulents – A Handy Guide

What is a Succulent? If you ever stroll through a greenhouse, you will likely walk by a selection of plants that look like they are from another world.  Their leaves look plump and rigid and they often have vibrant, almost iridescent, colors or patterns.  These, my friends, are succulents.  Succulents, by definition, are plants that store water in their leaves or foliage - hence the thicker, more substantial looking leaf.  When I think of a succulent, a cactus is always the first thing that pops into my mind - one of those big…continue reading →
Best Trees and Shrubs for Birds in the Winter

Best Trees and Shrubs for Birds in the Winter

During the colder weather here in Maryland, birds have to find their own food. Berries, seeds, and habitats in protected tree limbs are not as plentiful as they are during the warmer summer months. But, there’s an easy solution to this problem: planting trees and shrubs for birds to get sustenance from throughout the cooler weather. Let's talk about the best trees and shrubs for birds in the winter! Great examples of smaller shrubs that attract the birds in the winter are bayberry, winterberry holly and viburnum. All of these have berries that persist throughout…continue reading →
3 Tips for Adding Privacy to Your Yard with Trees and Shrubs

3 Tips for Adding Privacy to Your Yard with Trees and Shrubs

When we walk outside into our yard it is always nice to have a little privacy.  But not everyone likes the expense or the look of traditional fencing. Over the years, we have had countless customers looking for creative ways to add privacy to their yards with trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs create a natural barrier that not only looks beautiful, it is also functional. Here are some of our tried and true tips for adding screens to your yard with fast growing privacy trees and shrubs: Tip #1  – Add a…continue reading →
6 Reasons You Should Mulch

6 Reasons You Should Mulch

Nothing heralds the coming of Spring quite like a freshly mulched yard. But mulch isn’t just for aesthetics; it is also very beneficial to your plants and soils. Here are just 6 reasons you should mulch this Spring: Mulch helps improve soil moisture and prevents plants from drying out too quickly. Mulch helps reduce soil erosion and soil compaction. Mulch helps maintain optimal soil temperatures by creating a barrier from the heat and cold. Mulch helps increase soil nutrition as it decomposes by improving soil structure, thus providing better drainage and better use…continue reading →
What is the Difference between Pansies, Violas and Panolas?

What is the Difference between Pansies, Violas and Panolas?

Gardeners often confuse Pansies, Violas, and Panolas with each other. All are wonderful fall and winter, as well as early spring, plants but they have slight differences that are worth noting. Pansies vs. Violas In the fall, winter and early spring season there are few flowers that will bloom and produce lots of color despite the cold weather. Surprisingly, one of the sturdiest plants are pansies. Pansies look and act a lot like violas but they have a much larger flower, and larger leaves as well. Another difference between the two fall favorites…continue reading →
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