WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath is:
* Host of the nationally syndicated Public Radio show, You Bet Your Garden
* Contributing Editor and columnist for Greenprints magazine
* Former Editor-in-Chief of ORGANIC GARDENING magazine
* Author of books on Tomatoes, Compost, Seed saving and Kitchen Gardening
* Mike makes several appearances around town. They are listed in each week's column..
* Do you have a question for Mike? Email him at email@example.com. (Please include your name, location and the topic in the subject line)
The only safe and sensible time to sow cool season grass seed is mid-August, when the soil is perfectly warm and the next nine months will be nice and cool.
In the Victorian secret language known as the "Floral Code," each kind and color of posie holds a specific meaning. Roses in general do mean love, but the key to what kind of love is in the color.
Local lawmakers acknowledge that legal limitations on fertilizer used by homeowners would lead to cleaner water essentially for free, but that such actions "face strong opposition from fertilizer lobbies."
I hope this will be the year we help lots of listeners get their lawns off drugs. We'll discuss compost feeding in depth in the coming weeks.
Although our weird winter weather has a lot of bulbs behaving badly, there's no real danger. Those leaves are full of nature's finest antifreeze, and the all-important flower stems are still safely underground.
We always clue our listeners in to the money-saving deals that some seed catalogs offer as an incentive to get people to order before the big springtime crush, but I've never seen an offer like this in my 20 plus years of garden reporting.
Acorns are a sign that your oak is healthy and happy. The only thing you can do to prevent them would be to cut down the tree.
Happy New Year, everybody. Time for a new calendar on the wall, a big note over your desk reminding you not to write 2011 anymore, and, of course, the requisite New Year's resolutions.
Tips on keeping that Christmas tree green throughout the holidays and what to do with it afterward.
Horror stories from pre-wrapped Christmas trees -- and what to do if you're the victim of a bug-ridden tree. Plus, keeping your berry trees fruitful and what not to do with fireplace ash.
Cut Christmas tree in the house? Check that water reservoir every day and make sure it stays filled.
No, the secret to keeping a cut tree fresh is not in any magic mixture you place in the water holder in the tree stand. It's in the handling of the tree before the bolts that hold it in that stand get tightened.
Getting rid of pesky ladybugs might not be as straightforward as you think.
Anybody who tells you to add lime, fertilizer, wood ash or other junk to your compost is wrong, wrong, wrong. You want a second opinion? They're ugly, too.
Any mulch can provide cover for shrews and voles, especially wood, bark and root mulches, and especially when such mulches are applied too heavily or mounded right up against the sides of plants.
You can't leave rosemary -- or pretty much any plant -- outside in a container over winter. The roots, trapped above ground, would freeze and the plant would die.
Shredded leaves are one of the best mulches you can use around any plant -- they prevent weed growth, retain soil moisture and attract earthworms to aerate the soil and feed your plants for free.
Listeners beware -- this is what happens if you use any kind of wood mulch within 30 feet of your home or car.
Fall is not the time for pruning -- nothing should be pruned between now and the dead of winter.
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