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How to improve your garden's soil over the winter

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on what to put on your garden to keep the soil nutrient-rich through winter and on how to get rid of those pesky gnats that show up on your houseplants.

Friday - 11/08/2013, 07:11am EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, mulch

Checklist for cool-season lawns and how to avoid common, outdoor fall mistakes

Fall lawn care time is here. WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath has a list of what to do to ensure your lawn looks great and has tips for what to plant now.

Friday - 09/06/2013, 11:52am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath,

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Garden Plot: Insects attack! How to get rid of beetles, yellow jackets and bagworms

Insects can attack and wreak havoc on plants. Read about ways to get rid of three common insects.

Friday - 07/26/2013, 01:54pm EDT

Tags: garden plot, yellow jackets, bagworms, Japanese beetles, Mike McGrath,

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What not to plant in the heat and how to handle brown spots

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath tackles when to fertilize and plant for the most success.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 10:52am EDT

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, tomatoes

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How to repel mosquitoes the natural way

In the "tropical swamp of downtown D.C.," crushed plants, whirring fans and water warfare can all help repel the buzzing pests.

Friday - 06/21/2013, 09:42am EDT

Tags: mosquitoes, Mike McGrath, garden plot, toads, lawn mowing, lemon balm,

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Cedar's chef keeps menu fresh with rooftop garden

Cedar Executive Chef Aaron McCloud picks his restaurant's produce from the rooftop garden he created on top of the building at 8th and E streets in Penn Quarter.

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 06:40am EDT

Tags: cedar, cedar dc, Aaron McCloud, Bob Madigan, restaurants

Freshest veggies aren't necessarily in the produce aisle

The grocery store's produce aisle is teeming with wholesome food, right? Maybe not.

Friday - 05/31/2013, 07:25am EDT

Tags: Joan Jones, Food, vegetables, produce

Gardening with kids: Tips and advice for starting an active and healthy habit

For adults, gardening can be one of the most rewarding activities of summer. However, getting kids to enjoy the same activity may present challenges for some parents and caregivers. Several area experts offer advice and tips on making gardening a fun, healthy and rewarding summer activity for youth.

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 07:52am EDT

Tags: kids, obesity, screen time, We Can!, National Gardening Association, Hoai-Tran Bui, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: How to beat back mosquitoes

Garden Plot Editor Mike McGrath answers all of your garden and lawn care questions. On the list this week: controlling ticks and mosquitoes, wise watering and rose bush care.

Friday - 05/17/2013, 10:49am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, garden plot, Tick Tubes, watering, mosquitoes, ticks, lawn care

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Preventing and treating poison ivy

It's the time of year when everyone starts heading outside. And it is also the time of year when doctors see an uptick in poison ivy cases.

Monday - 05/13/2013, 07:21am EDT

Tags: poison ivy, Paula Wolfson, spring, Mike McGrath, garden plot, Howard Brooks, Georgetown

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