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July 11, 2019

Coincidentally, before the newest NOAA news release came out, I was looking at and thinking about the climate data that many gardeners use to plan their planting schedules: the frost dates. The Farmer's Almanac has a handy frost date calculator. Just plug in your zip c...

May 2, 2019

In response to garden center customers' interest in pollinator plants for shaded gardens, I collaborated with my colleagues to write this blog post of recommended plants. But as I was thinking about it a little more, another question that I often hear from other garden...

April 4, 2019

A couple weeks ago, my husband and I, along with my parents, spent a few days in Pennsylvania. Part of our trip included a visit to Longwood Gardens, our first time. I would love to go back, as it's impossible to see everything in one day. Besides, a visit in the...

December 27, 2018

For longer than I care to admit, I was experiencing everything that's sung about in the Pepto Bismol jingle (except for heartburn) on a daily basis.

It became progressively worse and started to disrupt my sleep. So I went to my doctor, who referred me to a GI specialist...

December 20, 2018

It's been nearly a year since I first started writing about good bugs in the garden. That four-part series of posts became the basis for my hour-long talk for Rooting DC. While I've proposed a different topic for this year ("Resilient Vegetable Gardening in the Time of...

December 6, 2018

In the summer of 2014, UDC offered free soil testing to the community. I was happy to take advantage of this opportunity. My reported results were as follows: the soil's pH was neutral, the nitrogen level was reported as "sufficient," and all other major nutrient level...

November 29, 2018

Winter gardening expert Eliot Coleman observed that when the hours of sunlight drop to less than 10 hours per day, plant growth comes to a crawl or stop. He called this period of time 'Persephone Days'. In Washington, DC, our Persephone Days span from November 17 throu...

October 25, 2018

I'm an enormous fan of the YouTube channels produced by PBS Digital Studios. I've posted before about my affection for Deep Look, an exploration of life on the small scale, mostly about bugs and ocean life.

Well, I just have to tell you that the most recent video from I...

October 4, 2018

My husband and I were lucky enough to catch the Wings of Fancy live butterfly exhibit at Brookside Gardens on the weekend before it closed. If you missed it, check out the Smithsonian Natural History Museum's live butterfly pavilion, which is open year-round. At Brooks...

September 20, 2018

In the above video, Patrick Dolan explains his gardening methods. His methods have a lot of overlap with my own and I agree 100% with his five gardening principles:

  1. Grow a lot of food

  2. Don't spend much money

  3. Don't work harder than you have to

  4. Work with...

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