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Garden Plot: Beware of basil blight and how to curb mosquitoes with BTI

This week, Garden Plot editor Mike McGrath has tips to find and maintain healthy basil plants, how to safely curb mosquitoes and tips for composting.

Friday - 06/27/2014, 08:20am EDT

Tags: garden plot, tilling, basil, mosquitoes

Garden Plot: Torch those dandelions goodbye

Weed and seed like a pro with advice from Mike McGrath.

Friday - 04/26/2013, 09:52am EDT

Tags: garden plot, ticks, pets, Mike McGrath


Garden Plot: Winter maintenance for trees, shrubs and lawns

Save the Date: Mike will appear at the Community Home Show at the Universities at Shady Grove on Saturday Feb. 9.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 12:35pm EST

Tags: garden plot, Mike McGrath, rye, lawn care


Garlic sprays and taming weeds with flames

The white flowers early in the season are very distinctive, so learn what the plant looks like and pull it slowly out of wet soil right away before those flowers can turn into the explosive seedpods.

Friday - 03/30/2012, 08:58am EDT

Tags: pests, garlic, ticks, mosquitos

Keeping your lawn on drugs will cost you $4 billion

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."

Friday - 02/03/2012, 03:40pm EST

Tags: lawn care, Chesapeake Bay, Mike McGrath, garden plot


How to find health insurance outside of work

Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance - Story: New Rules, Resources Make It Easier to Find Individual Health Insurance

Thursday - 01/12/2012, 04:45pm EST

Tags: Janet Bodnar, health insurance, retirement