Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thyme to Grow Your Own Herbs! Class

Basil 'Genovese'
Join me for a summer afternoon talking about growing herbs -- no gardening experience required!

Register now at the link below - spaces are limited.

The class is this Sunday afternoon (7/3) at 2pm near downtown Silver Spring, MD.

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>>Thyme to Grow Your Own Herbs!
You don't need to cultivate an entire backyard plot to grow enough herbs to use in meals; a simple container on a deck or patio can provide herbs all season, as you need them. This class provides you with the information you need to grow herbs in a container garden or in a small garden bed.

You'll discover which herbs are best started from seeds and which are best bought as seedlings. Youll also get tips on different sources for herbs and how to care for them.

Attendees will sample, smell, and taste a variety of herbs.


Kathy Jentz is editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine. A life-long gardener, Kathy believes that growing plants should be stress-free and enjoyable, and her philosophy is inspiration over perspiration. She is currently the Green Media columnist for the Mid-Atlantic Grower. Kathy's work has been featured in numerous publications, including the Washington Examiner, Pathways Magazine, and Washington Women magazine. In addition, she appears on regular gardening guest spots on Channel 9, Channel 4, and WAMU radio in D.C.

Video Wednesday: Golden Streets of DC

The best street plantings in the downtown DC Golden Triangle District were selected this past week by a panel of judges including Washington Gardener Magazine, Smithsonian Gardens, and Ahmed Hassan: Celebrity Landscaper. Here is a video glimpse into the judging process.

The 2016  Winners are:
Fan Favorite - “Stars and Stripes Forever” at 1801 K Street NW.
Best in Design -  "Island in the Sun" at 1901 L Street NW
Sustainability Award - "Pollinators' Paradise" at 1200 19th Street NW

More photos are posted at:

Monday, June 27, 2016

Fun Flower Arranging Class on Sunday July 10 at On The Purple Couch

Learn to "Arrange Flowers with Ease" on Sunday, July 10 from 1-3pm. Join us and learn hands-on how to put together a charming flower arrangement using the bounty of your own garden or sourcing from a florist. The class will go over Flower Arranging 101 — we will discuss the basics such as container selection, how to get flowers to last longer, design techniques, stretching your flower budget, and much more.

Then, we will cover the Hand-Tied method of flower arranging and you will get to make an arrangement of your own to take home in a rustic tin can or jam jar. We will paint the can/jar container with Annie Sloan chalk paint as part of the class.

  No prior florist skills or experience required! Bring your friends and family for a fun afternoon.

 The class is hosted at On The Purple Couch in Kensington, MD.
(Note that they moved recently to 10513 Metropolitan Avenue.)

   Register at

Friday, June 24, 2016

Fenton Friday: Small-ish Garlic Harvest

Garlic cleaned and ready to be cured
This week at the community garden plot started off hot and dry and then the rains came and it cooled off for a bit -- now it is in our usual hot, humid, and pop-up storm pattern.

The garlic foliage was browning so the interns and I dug it up. The bulbs are about half the size of last year's crop -- nothing to brag about, but not awful. Thy are hanging now in my sunroom to cure for a couple weeks.

Intern John's watermelon seeds did not really germinate, so we put in sweet potato slips in that spot instead. Intern Jacqueline's cucumber seedlings are doing just fine and we thinned them back to the strongest two.

I also planted 3 each -- Nicotiana seedlings, 'Genovese' Basil, and 'Black Pearl' Ornamental Peppers. About half of my cut-flower seeds have not germinated so I may go in and re-space out some of the flower seedlings that did come up and add a few new seeds.

The strawberry crop has ended and the peas have petered out. I'll pull the latter's vines this week and put in green beans and some 'Baby Boo' pumpkin seeds.

Has is your edible garden growing this week?

About Fenton Friday:
Every Friday during the growing season, I'll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 5th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

ADVERTISER OF THE WEEK: University of Maryland Extension Home & Garden Information Center

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HGIC has been a national model for outreach education since 1990. Their success is the result of inter-disciplinary programming and multiple learning/teaching modes. Their educators develop web resources and are engaged in social media, direct client consultations via email and phone, classroom instruction, hands-on training, and demonstration projects.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Video Wednesday: Joseph Tychonievich Gives Plant Breeding Talk to Silver Spring Garden Club

Joseph Tychonievich , is a life-long gardener and lover of plants. Joseph earned his BS in horticulture from Ohio State University, went on to work for Shibamichi Honten Nursery in Saitama, Japan, has been a repeated guest on public radio’s food show “The Splendid Table,” wrote a book, Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener (Timber Press, 2013), spent two years working at the famed rare plants nursery Arrowhead Alpines, and was named by Organic Gardening Magazine as one of “...six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens.”

Plant Breeding, the art of creating your very own new varieties of plants, may sound complex and technical, but it isn’t. People have been breeding plants since agriculture began, and you can easily create your own new plants in your backyard. In this talk, you’ll learn the simple principles and techniques that will allow you to start creating a perfectly delicious tomato, columbines in JUST the right shade of purple, technicolored corn, or whatever else you can dream up.

Wildflower Wednesday: Spiderwort

For this month's Wildflower Wednesday post, I am sharing a humble and lovely plant -- Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana). I first came across this flower 15 years ago at a neighborhood yard sale, where they had self-sown all along the driveway. The neighbor was selling plants from her garden for a few bucks each so I asked for a piece of this plant and brought it home to plant along a newly laid-out garden bed in fairly dry, part-shade.

Since this it has reliably returned and self-seeded along the path here-and-there, but is not aggressive and never need any care. I mean literally ZERO care. I never cut it back, water it, fertilize it, weed it nada, nothing. It has no serious insect or disease problems plus a long blooming period. Occasionally, a stem falls over into the pathway. I simple step on it and keep going -- it is that resilient.

If you are looking for a native wildflower to plant that is truly no-maintenance, Spiderwort is a great choice.

Wildflower Wednesday is about sharing wildflowers from all over the world. It was started by Gail Eichelberger on her "Clay and Limestone" blog. It is always on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Win a Copy of the Idiot’s Guides: Foraging

For our June 2016 Washington Gardener Magazine Reader Contest, Washington Gardener is giving away two copies of the Idiot’s Guides: Foraging (a $22 value).  To enter to win one of the copies of the book, send an email to by 5pm on Thursday, June 30, with “Foraging” in the subject line and in the body of the email. Tell us which was your favorite article in the June 2016 issue of Washington Gardener and why. Please also include your full name and mailing address. The book winners will be announced here and notified on July 1.

Monday, June 20, 2016

June 2016 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine - Herbaceous Peonies, Okra, Native Clintonia, and much more...

The June 2016 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine is now out.
You can view it online at:
Inside this issue:

  • Herbaceous Peonies: You Can Grow That!
  • How to Grow Okra
  • Your Monthly Garden Tasks To-do List
  • Schwartz Peony Gardens at Seneca Creek State Park
  • Gain More “Legroom” in the Garden
  • Local Gardening Events Calendar
  • Learn all about the Lily Leaf Beetle
  • At Home with the Clintons (Native Clintonia)
  • Future Plans for the Smithsonian Gardens
  • New Photo Feature:  Local Pets in Gardens
  • And much more!
Note that any submissions, event listings, and advertisements for the July 2016 issue are due by July 10.

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