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)
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.
Well, here we go again. Another weekend with a slew of gardening chores that should be done, but with way too much wetness in the ground and in the forecast to do almost any of them.
The cries have been heard from all over TOP-land: The stink bugs are coming; the stink bugs are coming ... INSIDE!
After the deluge of rain last week, Mike McGrath has advice for you about lawn care and about your tomato and pepper plants.
The best thing to do this weekend is to plan what needs to be done sometime this fall, like core aeration, the filling in of bare spots and/or giving the grass its biggest feeding of the year. Then arrange the machine rental or get the supplies in hand and hope the ground is dry by next weekend.
Well, Irene sure was an unwelcome guest now, wasn't she? Next time I go three days without electricity, I hope it's because I went camping.
Wait until the temps are cool enough and there aren't enough days left to get a harvest.
The possibility of Hurricane Irene dropping by might make it hard to cross most items off of our big fall "Honey do" list this weekend, but here's what needs to be done sometime over the next month.
WTOP's Garden Guru Mike McGrath offers up advice for your fall lawn.
Blister beetles are dangerous farm pests.
Gayle from Fairfax has a common complaint. She writes: "This is the second year in a row that my balcony tomatoes have ALL succumbed to blossom end rot. Every. Stinking. One."
WTOP's Mike McGrath says you need to make sure your lawn care company isn't using Imprelis, if you have spruce or pine trees.
The annual Parade of Ponds organized by Premier Ponds of Burtonsville, Md. is a great way to see lots of examples of the different ways you can use water in the landscape.
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