Grow it Garden in Maryland
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- Published on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:29
- Written by Genevieve Torri
Decorating your home for the winter holidays can be an expensive addition to our budgets. However, by turning a creative eye towards your yard, you can find decorating supplies for free!
Your yard and gardens — or your neighbor's, if you ask nicely — can provide the makings for gorgeous centerpiece arrangements, mantle displays, wreaths and railing wraps.
Here are some ideas:
- Combine evergreens, maple leaves, hydrangea flowers, sage, ivy and pine cones into a floral arrangement.
- Weave grapevines into wreaths instead of evergreens. They will last year after year.
- Place ivy in water-soaked floral foam or a vase with water to add texture to decorations.
- Try pampas grass in indoor winter arrangements for a beach theme.
- Use dried hydrangea flower heads for dry floral arrangements.
- Published on Friday, 08 November 2013 14:53
- Written by Katherine Riley
As the foliage falls faster by the day, I know that every Saturday for the next month will be spent ridding our yard of the thousands of leaves blanketing every surface. Although most of our free time will be spent clearing nature's brilliant bounty, I try to remember that there are other things on our checklist that need doing before the cold weather arrives. Not only do we need to clear the leaves in the yard, but also clear the gutters of old debris in anticipation of snow. Outdoor furniture needs to be cleaned and prepped and in some cases, stored for the winter. I like to do a final cleaning of the grill, knowing that our days of outdoor dining are over, and most of the cooking will be completed indoors. The list goes on and on...but it is easy to stay on top of seasonal tasks with a simple checklist for your home and garden, as the cooler months turn frosty.
• Clean gutters and downspouts
• Hose down outdoor furniture; store umbrellas and delicate items that cannot withstand heavy snow.
• Drain and store garden hoses
• Blow out sprinklers and winterize irrigation
• Turn off outside spigots
• Complete any power washing or outdoor painting projects
• Seed and aerate lawn
• Apply fall fertilizer
• Trim back any dead growth from outdoor plants and bushes.
• Replace air filters
• Check and service heating and furnace
• Schedule chimney sweep
- Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:23
- Written by Genevieve Torri
I found my garden resting peacefully on a grey cloudy day and realized soon I must start my spring garden planning. We are coming to the end of our growing season and the garden will soon be in hues of browns, greys and blacks. My mind wanders over my hot latte planning which plants I will be removing this winter and which seeds I should harvest to replant next year?
Our gardens serve as a creative outlet for me and I take its growth and beauty to heart as compliments of my nurturing artistic skills. Much as a mother does of her own children, I love to plant, nurture, grow and cultivate the garden to its maturity. As children grow and go through stages so do our gardens and fall is the time to reap what we have sowed while planning new accomplishments for next year.
The last of my vegetables are ripening for harvest and many of the flowers are seeding out. I will collect my seeds today and start drafting out a plan for next year’s garden. Seed collecting saves money in gardening and can easily be done from my garden or from the vegetables and fruits I get from local farmers markets. I love finding a yummy pepper from a local grower and saving the seeds to grow in my own garden. For more inspiration of what to plant in your garden next spring visit the Anne Arundel county farmers market or the downtown Annapolis farmers market.