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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!

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Seven Invasive Plant Species Every Mid-Atlantic Homeowner Should Know

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In the Mid-Atlantic region, several invasive plant species threaten local ecosystems, gardens, and landscapes. These non-native invasives spread quickly, outcompeting native flora and disrupting the natural balance. Homeowners need to recognize and manage these species to maintain a healthy garden. Common Invasive Plant Species in the Mid-Atlantic: A Quick Guide… Read More »Seven Invasive Plant Species Every Mid-Atlantic Homeowner Should Know

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Organic Garden Magic: Create Powerful Homemade Fertilizers For Your Garden

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Many garden blogs and videos suggest a lot of fertilizers. I often think if I purchased everything the garden gurus say I should, the cost of gardening would far outweigh the benefits! Fortunately, there are lots of homemade fertilizers that work just as well as expensive store-bought products. Our ancestors… Read More »Organic Garden Magic: Create Powerful Homemade Fertilizers For Your Garden

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Garden smarter, Not Harder: 10 Popular Perennial Vegetables

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Perennial vegetables offer an enticing alternative to their annual counterparts. Unlike annuals, which necessitate replanting each year, perennial varieties return season after season, providing a continuous harvest with minimal intervention. Their established root systems add resilience to environmental stresses, requiring less water and maintenance compared to annual plants. Moreover, many… Read More »Garden smarter, Not Harder: 10 Popular Perennial Vegetables