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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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What your flowers really say on Valentine's Day

Thursday is Valentine's Day. And if you didn't already know that, this is probably the most helpful garden tip you'll get from me this season.

Friday - 02/08/2013, 10:47am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, mike mcgrath, rose colors

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How to keep your Christmas tree healthy

A horticulturist and former University of Maryland professor who owns a Christmas tree farm offers advice.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 04:02am EST

Tags: thomas warren, christmas tree,

Rosemary trees, home-grown gifts and voles

A sure sign of the approaching holidays is the appearance of those wonderful Christmas-tree shaped cones of live rosemary in garden centers and upscale supermarkets.

Monday - 11/19/2012, 09:48am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, mike mcgrath, christmas trees, amaryllis

Why you need to get rid of acorns

White-footed field mice consume acorns, and those mice are known for carrying Lyme disease.

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 04:01am EDT

Tags: acorns, mike mcgrath, michelle basch, Garden Plot,

Tips to keep squirrels from destroying pumpkins

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath recommends using everything from hot peppers, to deer repellent and dog hair.

Tuesday - 10/09/2012, 02:36pm EDT

Tags: pumpkins, squirrels, Halloween, mike mcgrath, Kristi King

Don't prune anything now - especially spring bloomers

This is the worst time of year to prune anything. Doing so will stimulate new growth and interfere with the plants successfully going dormant for the winter.

Friday - 09/21/2012, 10:28am EDT

Tags: mike mcgrath, Garden Plot,

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