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Gardening

Each of our Christmas ­evergreens tells a story

      Early Americans celebrated a long Yuletide from December 15 to Epiphany on January 6. Europeans started earlier on December 6, Saint Nicholas Day. In every tradition, evergreens have been part of the celebration.      Why do we decorate our homes with boughs of pine and holly?
Planning for spring starts now 
      Calvert Garden Club awards mini-grants of $100 to $1,000 to local non-profits to Plant Calvert from River to Bay.       Last year’s theme was Beautifying Calvert County, and a $1,000 grant was awarded to the youth group of All Saints Church in Sunderland for Project Spudnik. Inspired by the movie The Martian, they made their own soil in growbags and grew vegetables in it. 

Without even lifting a shovel

      At Christmas time, when so many trees are cut, the right gift for people who have most everything — or whom you wish to honor or commemorate — might be a tree. A tree is a gift that lasts, offering beauty, shade and habitat-enhancing air and water quality and reducing energy costs every day of its potentially long lifetime. All the better if your gift tree demands not a bit of care.       Maryland Department of Natural Resources promises to make the Gift of Trees effortless.
Climate stewards take aim at ­herbicides, tout healthy soils 
      It takes good soil for plants to grow healthy and vibrant. It takes brave souls to push for better legislation to make that happen.      Last year, environmentalists and organic farmers scored a win when the Maryland Legislature passed the Healthy Soils Program and Gov. Larry Hogan signed the bill. The program works to sequester the global-warming bad guy, carbon, in Maryland soil while increasing its biological activity.
Growing corn is a-mazing
      A staple of the dinner table has now become a staple of fall festivals.        At farms, garden centers and plant nurseries around the nation, the corn field is more about getting lost and having fun and less for picking and eating. Designs get more complicated by the year.

Many hands help monarchs migrate thru Chesapeake Country

       By the time fall arrives this month, thousands of Anne Arundel County school students will be studying and rearing monarch butterflies, Danaus plexippus, in their classrooms. Over the next few weeks, regional parks and nature centers have planned monarch events for young and old. All this monarch hoopla coincides with one of nature’s wonders: the eastern monarch population’s migration to Mexico.

Historic Sotterley Plantation harvests potatoes to feed the hungry 

The historic Sotterley Plantation is sitting on 200,000 square feet of potatoes — ready for harvest.           On St. Patrick’s Day, Hollywood, Marylanders stepped up to plant more than five acres of red and Yukon gold potatoes, reserved for donation.           Facility manager Joe Goldsmith is reviving the 1703 plantation’s working fields with hay and kale as winter cover crops. Summer’s crop is potatoes.

The Zen of Grass and Groundcover

      Lawn grass: expensive, difficult, fickle … Or lush, green, diverse, interesting, carpet of ground cover. It’s all in how we see it. In Zen, as in business, there is beauty and success in the mundane and simple. The Minimalist Gardener approaches the challenge of the grass lawn with common sense and purpose.       Minimalist principles set our agenda: • No herbicide or pesticide

Burgers, candidates, EZ Pass, mulch, crab picking

Back in the Burger Biz  18 months after fire, Cheeburger focusing “on the things we do best”       In the small hours of a Thursday in September of 2016, the smell of smoke raised the alarm at the Festival at Riva shopping center. Firefighters responded to find smoke billowing from the rear of Cheeburger Cheeburger. 

One native leads to another

       “How about a little Joe-pye weed? They’ll give you some color, purple flowers in late summer. Butterflies love them,” Elmer Dengler suggested. Bowie City Green Team member Dengler was dispensing advice to a customer at the Bowie-Crofton Garden Club’s 30th annual native plants sale, one of the ways the team promotes its mission of Bringing Back Birds and Butterflies.