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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

Garden Plot: Tomato plants need warm nights

Nights with temperatures in the 40s won't kill your plants as impressively as frost, but those temperatures will stunt the growth of your tomato plants.

Friday - 05/03/2013, 10:04am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, tomatoes, Mike McGrath, crabgrass, mulch,

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Mantises could be the answer to your stink bug problem

Could a praying mantis put an end to the stink bug epidemic?

Wednesday - 04/24/2013, 11:16am EDT

Tags: praying mantis, stink bugs,

Cicadas, ticks and moles in your garden

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on cicadas, moles and ticks. And he has some tips about when to put your summer plants outside.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 03:53am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, cicadas, moles, ticks

Garden Plot: Some vegetables need to be planted now

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath shares his advice on when to plant this spring and what will kill your vegetable garden.

Friday - 04/05/2013, 10:03am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, corn gluten,

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Archi's Acres looks to bring hydroponic garden to D.C.

A hydroponic garden that employs veterans may open in D.C. next year. One of its partners, Dylan Ratigan, wants to see veterans play a larger role in solving the nation's problems.

Thursday - 04/04/2013, 10:06am EDT

Tags: Daniel Ratigan, veterans, Colleen Kelleher

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How to care for Easter lilies

Easter lilies don't bloom naturally at this time of year. WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath has advice for how to care for those plants you get and give as gifts.

Friday - 03/29/2013, 07:45am EDT

Tags: Mike McGrath, Garden Plot, easter lily

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Garden Plot: Your peas can freeze on St. Patrick's Day - unless you cheat

Sunday is St. Patrick's Day, the lucky day for planting cool-weather loving snow peas, snap peas and shelling peas in your almost-spring garden. But it won't be very lucky if you just bury the poor pea seeds in freezing cold soil.

Friday - 03/15/2013, 10:13am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath,

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Urban gardeners in Frederick need new space

A community garden in the heart of downtown Frederick has been a dream come true for about 40 people who had grown produce on 18 plots for their families over three years.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 06:00am EST

Tags: Frederick, Frederick Community Garden Association,

Lawn care: Never aerate cool season lawns in spring

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on when to aerate lawns, when to add corn gluten and grass seed, what not to do to boxwoods and when to prune apple trees.

Friday - 02/15/2013, 11:35am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath

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