How to Overwinter Container Plants | 6 Steps for Bringing Your Plants Indoors

How to Overwinter Container Plants | 6 Steps for Bringing Your Plants Indoors

Our houseplants, citrus trees, and tropical plants have had their day in the sun, but now we must bring them in for the winter to ensure their survival. Typically, once temperatures drop below 50 degrees overnight, you know it is time to make the move. Not so fast though, there are some steps that you should take for a seamless transfer while leaving the mess outdoors.
Top 12 Fall Container Plant Ideas

Top 12 Fall Container Plant Ideas

Once the cool, crisp evening air arrives in autumn and pumpkin spice cycles back to the market, porch flower planters become a staple of every household. The relentless heat of summer made it difficult to give your container plantings enough water to make up for the constant scorch of the summer sun. Thankfully, the autumn sun is much more forgiving and your container garden can reemerge with a plethora of foliage, fruit, and blooms.
How to Repot a Houseplant

How to Repot a Houseplant

I’ll let you in on a little gardening secret... plants grow. Shocking, right? Eventually, your houseplants will outgrow the beautiful containers you put them in and need some more room to stretch their legs. Repotting will boost your plant's vigor and promote the development of a healthy root system. However, it is important to know when and how to properly replant a houseplant in order to effectively encourage plant growth.
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 →
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 →
Feeding Backyard Birds in the Winter

Feeding Backyard Birds in the Winter

Do you enjoy watching the birds flitting about your yard?  I certainly do.  Folklore tells us that the robin is the harbinger of Spring.  But what about in the winter?  There is a definite nip in the air and natural food sources for the birds are becoming scarcer.  Holly berries seem to be the go-to snack for the robins in my yard. To keep the beautiful robins, cardinals, finches, jays and other backyard beauties in my yard, I feed the birds year-round.  The robins love the worms after the rains.  But because the ground freezes in the winter…continue reading →
Caring for Your Live Christmas Tree

Caring for Your Live Christmas Tree

Not much evokes the holiday feeling than the feel and smell of a live Christmas tree. If you are going to get a live tree this year, here are some easy tips to ensure that it’s as beautiful on day one as it is after the holidays are over. Step 1: Choose a Healthy Tree Avoid trees with a lot of dead or brown needles. Gently bend a branch to make sure the needles are flexible and remain on the tree. Step 2: Prepare the Base of Your Tree Prepare the base of…continue reading →