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Articles by Maria Price

You can do it on your own, but we have goat help

     The vegetable garden is waning especially as the nights get colder. It’s time to start cleaning it up to prepare for next spring.
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This viney tuber is ready in your ­garden or at farmers markets

     The morning glory family, Convolvulaceae, gives us the wonderful sweet potato. Sweet potato plants grow as a vine that is content to creep along the ground. Maryland has a great climate for growing sweet potatoes, which need about four months of nice warm weather.
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Herbs for teas, flowers for crafts, weeds for compost
      A welcome respite from the garden is around the corner. Until then, there are lots of chores to prepare for fall and winter. Harvesting what you’ve grown will allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labors when the winter winds blow.
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In return, your kitchen garden will flourish
     This time of year is a great time to add native perennials — or any perennial. Native perennials have the added value of providing pollen and nectar for our native bees.
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September may be your last chance
      Drying herbs creates savory seasonings, teas, aromatic potpourri and delightful herbal wreaths. We’re entering the late-harvest season, when both the intense heat that September can bring and the acute crispness of the night air tell us that the first frost is not too far away.
      Follow these basic guidelines to capture the most flavor and fragrance.
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Eat these fall favorites for good taste and good health

Pumpkins come in many varieties. There are Jack-o-lanterns bred for stronger handles for Halloween. There are giant pumpkins; the current world record is an Atlantic Giant of over 2,000 pounds. There are pie pumpkins, heirloom edibles and specialty pumpkins in many different shapes and colors, all to match the autumn landscape.
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You can have salad days in fall as well as spring

     With August comes your second chance to grow fresh lettuce for your salads. Growing a variety of lettuces makes a wonderful blend of slightly different tastes and textures.
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You can eat the fruit and the flower

     My neighbors run away when they see me coming with armloads of zucchini. Yes, zucchini grows fast. But it is also a wonderful vegetable. Not only are the zucchini edible, so are the flowers.
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Plants bring you shade, color, fragrance, flowers and fruit
     This summer has brought some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded. Having a pool or some body of water, even a kiddie pool, can help you get through the summer and not melt when you come outside. Getting wet enables you to tolerate the excessive temperatures our summers are bringing.
     The plants you place around your pool area can make it look like a tropical getaway.
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There are many good bugs ready to help you and your garden thrive
     Before you spray your garden for those pests that seem to sample everything you like to grow, learn who the good guys are, as they will be your allies in the long run. The less insecticides you use, the more a natural balance of predators will occur. There are many good bugs out there ready to help. It may take some time, as they need to be encouraged. 
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