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Karen

I'm an apprentice master gardener in central Maryland. My husband and I are blessed to live on one acre, so I have lots of room to garden. I'm currently planting an orchard of varying fruit and nut trees, flowers both perennials and annuals, wildflowers, and of course, the kitchen garden. Thanks for joining me on this adventure!

growing rhubarb

The Complete Guide to Growing Rhubarb – A Spring Delight

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Rhubarb, with its vibrant crimson stalks and tart flavor, has long been a staple in gardens around the world. Originally cultivated for its medicinal properties in ancient China, rhubarb eventually found its way into culinary traditions across Europe and North America. Today, it is grown in temperate climates all over… Read More »The Complete Guide to Growing Rhubarb – A Spring Delight

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Hardening Off Your Seedlings: Time to Get Tough

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In today’s podcast, we talk in-depth about the process of hardening off seedlings before planting them out in pots, raised beds, or out in the garden. Before transplanting your seedlings into the garden, it’s essential to introduce them gradually to outdoor conditions—a process known as hardening off. This involves exposing… Read More »Hardening Off Your Seedlings: Time to Get Tough

heirloom tomatoes

Sherva’s Tomato Obsession: It’s the Year of the Heirloom Tomato

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Sherva admittedly has a tomato obsession. How else could you explain having a library of 200 heirloom tomato seeds and growing 42 different varieties? Listen to Podcast Episode 9: Sherva’s Heirloom Tomato Obsession Each year the University of Maryland Extension picks a vegetable to highlight. This year, 2024, is the… Read More »Sherva’s Tomato Obsession: It’s the Year of the Heirloom Tomato

pollinator friendly garden

Blooms And Butterflies: How To Make Your Garden A Pollinator Hotspot

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In a vibrant garden ecosystem, pollinators play a pivotal role. From bees and butterflies to hummingbirds and beetles, these tiny creatures serve as vital messengers, facilitating the reproduction of flowering plants and ensuring the continuation of diverse habitats. As stewards of our gardens, it’s essential to recognize and harness the… Read More »Blooms And Butterflies: How To Make Your Garden A Pollinator Hotspot

plant disease

Guarding Your Groceries: Expert Tips for Plant Disease Prevention

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Plant Disease Management: Insights from the Garden In the gardening world, dealing with the complexities of a plant disease can be daunting. However, armed with knowledge and practical tips, gardeners can effectively manage and mitigate the impact of these diseases on their beloved plants. The journey to mastering plant disease… Read More »Guarding Your Groceries: Expert Tips for Plant Disease Prevention

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Blooms and Blunders: Learning from Our Gardening Mistakes

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We Must Be Very Smart By Now! Are you struggling with some gardening mishaps? Do you find your seedlings performing in a way that leaves you scratching your head in frustration? You’re not alone. In today’s podcast, we’re going to dive into some common gardening mistakes and share our experiences… Read More »Blooms and Blunders: Learning from Our Gardening Mistakes

starting onions and peppers

From Seed to Harvest: Starting Onions and Peppers Made Easy

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It’s February, time to start some seeds! Welcome to our latest podcast episode where we dive into the exciting world of gardening! Today, we’re discussing everything you need to know about starting onions and peppers from seed. It just so happens that onions and peppers are great companions, both starting… Read More »From Seed to Harvest: Starting Onions and Peppers Made Easy