How to Dry Herbs

How to Dry Herbs

How to Dry Herbs We have talked about canning vegetables in order to preserve your summer harvest for the winter. For this post, we’re going to focus on how to dry herbs so that they can be used in soups and stews or even to make balms or infusions. In general, the best time to harvest herbs is right before they flower. After flowering, the flavor of the herbs changes slightly to be a little bit bitter. Keeping this in mind, try to decide which herbs you’re going to harvest and use for…continue reading →
It’s Time to Plant Fall Vegetables

It’s Time to Plant Fall Vegetables

It's Time to Plant Fall Vegetables! Growing your own food can be a daunting task, and it is difficult to know when or how to get started. More experienced gardeners start their own seeds; however the easiest way to start growing vegetables is to buy starters, or small vegetable plants from a local nursery or greenhouse. When to Plant Your Cool Weather Vegetables Now is the time to get all your cool weather vegetables in the ground, even though it’s August and the weather is still hot. In Maryland, it’s a lot easier…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 on you. A soaker hose is a wonderful tool and much easier to use than you might think. Here are 7 easy steps to install a soaker hose: 1. Attach the soaker hose to a lead hose (a standard garden hose) that is connected to a faucet. 2. Dig a path in your mulch big enough to sit a hose around your…continue reading →
How and What to Plant in the Summer

How and What to Plant in the Summer

How and What to Plant in the Summer  Bet you didn’t know it’s more than okay to plant in the heat of summer. Well it is! We’ve always been told to plant in spring and fall but warmer temperatures don't mean you can’t add to your landscaping beds. It only takes a little extra attention and a few simple techniques to help new summer plantings thrive. You shouldn’t try to plant things like a bare-root, newly dug or newly divided plant. What you can plant are new perennials, annuals and shrubs if the…continue reading →
Canning 101: Preserving Your Vegetable Harvest

Canning 101: Preserving Your Vegetable Harvest

Ever wanted a taste of summer when it’s freezing outside? Want to make the best use of herbs? Want to learn a brand new skill? Consider canning your harvest. This week, we’re going to focus on canning, in preparation for our Canning 101 class on July 30th. 3 Main Steps to Canning Sanitizing Your Jars There are 3 main steps to canning: sanitizing, preparation and sealing the jars. First, it’s important to sanitize the glass jars that you’ll be using. The easiest way is to set the jars and the lids in the…continue reading →
Plant a Tree with the Maryland Tree Program

Plant a Tree with the Maryland Tree Program

Patuxent Nursery is proud to be a participating nursery in the Maryland Tree Program. The goal of the program is to plant 150,000 new trees in Maryland. What is the Maryland Tree Program? The Maryland Tree Program is an initiative of the Department of Natural Resources. The program was launched in 2009 to encourage citizens and organizations to partner with the State to plant new trees. As Marylanders, we take pride in our State and our natural world. We understand the value of stewardship and the importance of a sustainable future, and are…continue reading →
Choosing Outdoor Furniture

Choosing Outdoor Furniture

Helpful tips and recommendations to add comfort and value to your outdoor living space Outdoor patio furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, not to mention prices. You’ve worked hard on creating your outdoor living space and now you want to enjoy it in comfort and style. Choosing comfy, long-lasting furniture can mean the difference between hanging out on the patio for a while or heading back in after a few minutes on an uncomfortable, cheap chair. While how it looks is important, how the furniture is built and the quality of it…continue reading →
How To Care For Your Outdoor Furniture

How To Care For Your Outdoor Furniture

If you have a deck area outside of your home, you should feel truly lucky. It makes for a great spot to retreat after a tiring day at work and just relax, or hold a party with some relatives and friends there. Take your time to design a comfortable and good looking area outside of your home, and you will greatly benefit from the opportunities it presents. If there is one thing you should know about designing a deck area in your backyard, it is that you should be careful of the furniture…continue reading →
How to Water Your Lawn

How to Water Your Lawn

Everyone wants the greenest grass on the block. You probably drive by your neighbor or through an adjacent neighborhood and think "how is their grass so green?!" at least once per day or week. In honor of Smart Irrigation Month kicking off this week, we're sharing tips from our expert lawn care team on how to water your lawn so you can make sure your lawn and garden are both green and watered efficiently. Don't over-water If you're looking for the lushest, greenest grass, you need to be watering your whole lawn, three…continue reading →
Pollinators We Love

Pollinators We Love

Why Care About Pollinators? Pollinators - or bees, birds, bats and other animals and insects that spread pollen are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. They sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce through pollination. Without the actions of pollinators, our food supply and surrounding landscapes would collapse. These creatures travel from plant to plant carrying and transferring pollen - critical to the reproduction of most flowering plants, thus critical to our ecosystem. Our favorite pollinating friendly flowers Agastache - Made up of…continue reading →