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Garden Plot: It's WAY too early to plant tomatoes

Mike McGrath explains exactly what you can and can't plant this weekend to improve your lawn and crops for the coming year.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 08:23pm EDT

Garden Plot: Don't want to get stung? You won't!

Mike McGrath tells the truth about the bees in your lawn, and answers every corn gluten meal question you can throw at him.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 08:23pm EDT

Get your corn gluten down this weekend

The ground temperatures will be perfect this weekend to do one important thing for great weed-free lawns this summer.

Friday - 04/04/2014, 09:32am EDT

Garden Plot: Edible pansies and how to defeat an ant infestation

This week Garden Editor Mike McGrath explores the health benefits of pansies and how to rid your home of ants.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 08:11am EDT

What you and your lawn need to know for spring

It's finally spring: Here's what you and your lawn need to know.

Friday - 03/21/2014, 08:46am EDT

Garden Plot: Tips for spring lawn care

This week in Garden Plot, editor Mike McGrath says forget spring seeding, just get your gluten down now.

Friday - 03/14/2014, 11:59am EDT

Garden Plot: Here's how you grow those hops

This week, Garden Plot dishes on hops, moles, voles and more.

Monday - 03/10/2014, 01:13am EDT

Yes, you can grow your own hops

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath takes on growing hops plants for beer, seasonal pruning, and those pesky moles, voles and rabbits, which can kill your lawn and plantings.

Friday - 03/07/2014, 04:28am EST

Garden Plot: Yes, you can save those unplanted tulips

Mike takes on unplanted tulips sprouting in the garage, when to spread your corn gluten and what to do with exposed roots in the front yard.

Friday - 02/28/2014, 01:53pm EST

Weather is warmer, but it's not spring

The weather is getting warmer, but don't be fooled. It's not spring yet.

Friday - 02/21/2014, 04:57pm EST

Don't prune those roses now

Now is not the time to prune your roses, but it is the time to prune your maple and other big trees. WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath also has advice on how to handle road salt on your lawn.

Saturday - 02/15/2014, 08:48am EST

Garden plot: Frozen limbs and Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is around the corner - but it's still pretty cold out there. Here's what you need to know.

Friday - 02/07/2014, 12:22pm EST

Garden Plot: Forget the roses, go for orchids this Valentine's Day

Garden Editor Mike McGrath discusses how these bitter cold temperatures will affect the mosquito population and floral options for your sweetheart.

Friday - 01/31/2014, 01:26pm EST

Garden Plot catalog picks: The heirlooms strike back

Garden Plot looks at some offerings from the more interesting seed catalogs.

Friday - 01/24/2014, 06:47am EST

Garden Plot: Seed catalog season offer discounts, giant tomatoes and pictures

Mike McGrath says seed catalog season is upon us. Not only does he offer several discounts, he also points out new products worth taking a look at.

Friday - 01/17/2014, 12:08pm EST

Catalogs decoded: What terms like ‘hybrid,' ‘heirloom' and '50 days' mean

Starting this week, we'll begin our big seed catalog roundup. Garden Plot editor Mike McGrath reviews terms and phrases you'll need to know when selecting which seeds to order this year.

Friday - 01/10/2014, 06:17pm EST

Garden Plot: Non-toxic pest control advice

How do get rid of the pesky indoor pests like silverfish and roaches but without pesticides? Garden Plot Editor Mike McGrath has you covered.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 12:03pm EST
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New Year's resolutions for your home and garden

Garden Plot editor Mike McGrath has tips to recycle your Christmas tree as well as some New Year's resolutions.

Friday - 12/27/2013, 12:47pm EST
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For Christmas, a festive plant that deer won't eat

Looking for a last minute gift?

Saturday - 12/21/2013, 05:28pm EST
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Garden Plot: An end to the de-icing debate

Rock salt? De-icer? Sand? Kitty litter? WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath tells you how to keep your sidewalks and driveways ice-free, and what substance will actually help your plants.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 10:37am EST
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