Vegetable Gardening 101: How to Start

Vegetable Gardening 101: How to Start

Vegetable gardening is a very rewarding (and tasty!) experience, even for the beginner! But, before you run out to the nursery to buy your first vegetable plant, you need a garden to plant it in. Here, we will show you the first step in vegetable gardening - building your plot. Choose your plot Sun is Everything - Most vegetables (and herbs!) need at least 6 hours of direct sun per day. Soil is also Everything - Plants need soft soil that their roots can easily grow through, so loamy soil is ideal. Proper drainage…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 →

How to Plant Annuals

It’s that time of year again. The trees are full of leaves. The sun is shining. And everywhere you go, the flowers are out blooming. Your neighbors have beautiful gardens featuring flowers of every shape, color and size. Even your local shopping centers probably have flowers planted along the walkways. Are you wondering how your neighbors get their gardens to look so gorgeous? They must spend hours and hours every day working on them, right? Not necessarily. You can have a beautiful garden without sacrificing hours of your time. All it takes is…continue reading →
Top Gift Picks for Mother’s Day

Top Gift Picks for Mother’s Day

Top 5 Gift Picks for Mother's Day It's that time of year again; Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Instead of a last minute throw away gift, this year give that special woman (or women) in your life a gift that will last. Choose a living gift or patio furniture to enhance moms outdoor living space and will remind her of you and your thoughtfulness for months and years to come.  We rounded up our top 5 picks for mother’s day gift ideas to make your shopping easier: Patuxent Nursery has all these…continue reading →
How to Grow A Wildflower Garden

How to Grow A Wildflower Garden

There's something timeless and carefree about a wildflower garden. Wildflower gardens are full of beautiful annuals and perennials, a celebration of natural beauty. It can be intimidating to think about creating one in your landscape but it doesn't have to be. In fact, planting a stunning wildflower garden doesn't have to be hard at all.  Sometimes it's as simple as sprinkle, water and watch the wildflowers grow. There are easy wildflower seed kits, from such companies as Encap, that include all the essentials needed - mulch, seed and fertilizer. Or, if you just need…continue reading →
Early Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs for Your Yard

Early Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs for Your Yard

After a long, dark winter, the beautiful blooms of April are a delight for our eyes. There are so many beautiful flowering trees that are magnificent this time of year. Plant these beauties now to enjoy in your yard this spring and for years to come! Best Spring Flowering Trees & Shrubs One of the first shrubs to bloom in Spring is the Forsythia; their beautiful yellow color is like a ray of sunshine as we clear away the winter gray. The vibrant branches of yellow offer some of the best and brightest…continue reading →
Maximize Your Space with Container Gardening

Maximize Your Space with Container Gardening

Ready to start your garden but you’re short on space? Maybe you live in an apartment or townhouse or space is limited in your yard. Or, you just want to add an extra pop of color on the patio or porch. No worries – container gardening can be an easy and quick fix. All you need is the container, soil, fertilizer and plants. Here are the basic steps you need to take to get the container garden of your dreams: Choosing Your Container Choose plant pots and containers that add interest, color and…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 →
Prepping Your Patio and Patio Furniture for Spring

Prepping Your Patio and Patio Furniture for Spring

We’ve had a mild winter so far in the Mid-Atlantic area, but the colder weather still takes its toll on your patio and patio furniture. Getting your patio in shape can seem like a chore, but it’s not as bad as you think. Here are a few ways to get it done effectively and efficiently. First, remove everything from the area including grills, patio furniture and décor. Sweep the patio surface and then scrub with an appropriate cleaner as recommended by your paver manufacturer. Read instructions carefully and follow them. Pressure wash it…continue reading →
7 Easy Steps to Install a Soaker Hose

7 Easy Steps to Install a Soaker Hose

With the heat upon us, our plants are struggling to survive. Just like us, our plants need watering, some of them even daily. Let's discuss how to make this process easier for you. A soaker hose is a wonderful tool and much easier to use than you might think. Installing Your Soaker Hose Attach the soaker hose to a lead hose (a standard garden hose) that is connected to a faucet. Dig a path in your mulch big enough to sit a hose around your plants. Place the hose in the path and…continue reading →
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