How to Grow A Wildflower Garden

How to Grow A Wildflower Garden

How to Grow A Wild and Wonderful 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 -…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 →
What is the Difference between Pansies, Violas and Panolas?

What is the Difference between Pansies, Violas and Panolas?

Pansies, Violas and Panolas, Oh My! Gardener's 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. 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…continue reading →
Easy Steps to Fall Lawn Renovation

Easy Steps to Fall Lawn Renovation

Did you know that fall is the best time of the year to make your old lawn look better than ever or to establish a new lawn? Early to mid-fall is a great time to take on the important job of a fall lawn renovation. The soil is still warm and yet the air is cool; the perfect combination for grass seeds to germinate and turf to take root quickly. Here are some simple tips to renovate your lawn: Seeding or Overseeding an Existing Lawn If you are planning to seed a new lawn or overseed…continue reading →
Plant Fall Bulbs for Spring Color

Plant Fall Bulbs for Spring Color

Planting fall bulbs is a great way to get some very early spring color. There are plenty to choose from, including classics like daffodils, tulips, and crocus as well as the unusual like double snowdrops, blue glory-of-the-snow, and crown imperial lutea. Between all of the different bulbs, there is just about every color under the rainbow and some interesting blends. Narcissus, or daffodils are a spring classic, and are also deer resistant Patuxent carries many bags of blends of different types of bulbs or different colors of the same type of bulbs. An…continue reading →
Mixing Annuals and Perennials for Beautiful Fall Color

Mixing Annuals and Perennials for Beautiful Fall Color

Mixing Annuals and Perennials for Beautiful Fall Color Even though it’s the end of Summer and the daytime temperatures are still 80+, fall and cooler weather are approaching. As the temperatures start to decrease, and the days start to get shorter, it’s time to start thinking about what to color your containers, patio or yard with. The plants will be grouped by type, annual or perennial, but all will be plants designed to be showy in the fall and winter. Annuals last only one season, either summer or spring/fall but usually have more…continue reading →
The Best Trees and Shrubs for Fall

The Best Trees and Shrubs for Fall

There are not many things that signal the arrival of fall quite like the changing of colors in the trees. There is nothing quite like a visually stunning fall garden. This blog details some of our favorites, from burning bushes to maples, azaleas to aucuba, gardenia to hydrangea and beyond. With their orange, yellow, and fiery tones, sugar maples are the highlight of the fall landscape. They enjoy full sun and plenty of room to grow. Their majestic presence in the landscape signals that sweater weather is on its way.       …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 →
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