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Community Gardening

Not enough space or hours of sunshine to grow what you love at home? Try community gardening! Counties throughout Maryland and Virginia have set aside areas where gardeners can rent plots to plant their favorite flowers, fruits and veggies. These gardens provide fabulous opportunities using public space to enhance environmental benefits, aesthetic value, and economic impacts in our local neighborhoods. And community gardens are a great place to meet people, a place that transforms strangers into garden buddies.


The Triumphant Tomato!

There is nothing like being able to harvest fruits and vegetables from your own backyard. My backyard-favorite is the tomato. Tuh-MAY-toh or tuh-MAH-to - proper pronunciation is hardly the first debate this plant has faced.  From its once misunderstood past, the tomato has come a long way in kitchens and gardens across the world.


Final Frost Date & Gardening Tips

"Clear moon, frost soon" is the old farmer's adage for predicting frost. This indicates that if the atmosphere is clear, there is no blanket of clouds to trap the heat radiating from the earth's surface. If the night temperature is low enough, and there is no wind, frost may form on such a clear night. Nowadays, we can rely on a more advanced system for predicting frost. Each year a range of local data is collected to predict the first and last frost dates for a region. The last frost date in the spring and the first frost date in the fall dictate how long the growing season will be, allowing us to plan our gardens accordingly.


Edibles: Goods from the Garden with Kris

Our gardens are a bountiful source of rewards, especially if you plan to include edibles. Our guest blogger, and Stadler Nurseries sales associate, Kris, shares a family favorite recipe with us here!

One of the many pleasures of gardening is growing your own produce.  In my own garden most of the space is devoted to trees, shrubs and flowering perennials.  However, I have reserved a sunny corner for raspberry and blackberry canes, blueberry bushes and a small vegetable garden.