Monday, November 28, 2022

Monday Thoughts: "Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade." - Rudyard Kipling

 

"Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade."

- Rudyard Kipling

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Win a 2023 Garden-themed Calendar from Workman Publishing in our November 2022 Washington Gardener Reader Contest

For our November 2022 Washington Gardener Reader Contest, we are giving away 2023 garden calendars from Workman Publishing (value $16, workman.com). 

   Workman 2023 calendars are the perfect gift for the green thumbs and nature enthusiasts in anyone’s life. Workman introduces a whole new lineup of lively, garden-inspired calendars—along with new editions of old favorites. 

   The Cottage Love calendar* celebrates these ideals with a year of gorgeous, full-color photographs. A quaint thatch-roofed cottage next to a flower-lined canal. A table set for a leisurely lunch in the garden. Nature-themed quotes that enhance the romance and sense of wonder. Printed on responsibly sourced paper.

   To enter to win a garden calendar from Workman Publishing, send an email to WashingtonGardenerMagazine@gmail.com by 5:00pm on November 30 with “Garden Calendar” in the subject line and in the body of the email. Tell us what your favorite article was in our November 2022 issue and why. Please also include your full name and mailing address. Winners will be announced and notified on December 1. 

*This post includes Amazon affiliate links that may pay us some pennies for the referral, but will not impact your purchase price.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

GardenDC Podcast Episode 130: Groundcovers versus Ground Covers

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with Gary Lewis of Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants all about groundcovers. The plant profile is on Amaryllis and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events in the What's New segment. We close out with Carol J. Michel, who shares the Last Word on 5 Daily Gardening Tips.


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Groundcover Revolution: How to use sustainable,low-maintenance, low-water groundcovers to replace your turf

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing: Brandie Bland
Show Notes: Jaime Breeden

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Fenton Friday: Winter is Coming

We'll be closing out the garden plot in the next few weeks. The "lovely" picture above is of my Dahlia plants zapped by frost and freezes. I still need to get over there to dig and store the dahlias. I also need to cut back the Asparagus foliage that is finally dying back. I'll then cover all exposed soils with a thick cover of straw.

I'm still waiting on the Pea plants to flower and produce pods, but have to face the fact with unseasonably cold temps this past week mean this might never happen. In that case, I could cut and eat the pea tendrils, but I'm not willing to give up hope yet.

I have not seen the Garlic we planted a few weeks ago emerging yet. I'll look more closely the next time I visit.

We'll share reports on the last few cool-season crops the interns have been growing in the next couple of Fridays, then will end this Fenton Friday series for 2022. We'll re-start it again in 2023 -- likely by mid-March.

Did you harvest anything this week? Are you done with your edible garden for the season?

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 in zone 7 Mid-Atlantic MD/DC border. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 11th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.) See past posts about our edible garden by putting "Fenton" into the Search box above.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

November 2022 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine –A Living Wall, Carolina Chickadee, American Persimmon, and much more…

 

The November 2022 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine is out.

Inside this issue:

·         A Living Wall

·         Welcoming Carolina Chickadees

·         Great Gardening Books Reviewed

·         How to Make Your Holiday Tree Last Longer

·         The Look of Christmas Without the Tree

·         Meet the Cook Sisters

·         Common Crickets

·         New Jacob’s Ladder ‘Golden Feathers’

·         DC-MD-VA Gardening Events Calendar

·         Optimizing Urban Environments

·         How to Grow American Persimmon Tree

·         and much more…

 

Note that any submissions, event listings, and advertisements for the December 2022 issue are due by December 5.

 

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Monday Thoughts: "A gardener relishes the bloom, and with the same spirit accepts the bareness that comes with winter. There is a time to let go, like the trees, to rejuvenate and prepare for a fresh spring ahead." - Meeta Ahluwalia

"A gardener relishes the bloom, and with the same spirit accepts the bareness that comes with winter. There is a time to let go, like the trees, to rejuvenate and prepare for a fresh spring ahead."

- Meeta Ahluwalia

Saturday, November 19, 2022

GardenDC Podcast Episode 129: Sharing the Harvest


In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with Cat Kahn of HarvestShare all about harvest collections for the hungry. The plant profile is on Paperwhites and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events in the What's New segment. We close out with Marianne Willburn, who shares the Last Word on Winter Gardening.

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Show Notes:
01:06 Introducing Cat Kahn of HarvestShare 01:22 Cat's gardening timeline 04:35 Becoming a “Master Gardene” 09:09 The story of HarvestShare 11:28 “After our first season, we did 9,000lbs. Three seasons later we’re now into the tons.” -Cat 14:37 Changing the rules 18:15 “It’s truly a neighbor-helping-neighbor initiative, and I don’t know about you, but I”m always looking to see the positive in the world.” -Cat 21:50 the logistics of storage and shipping perishable food donations 34:21 Other HarvestShare-like entities 39:49 How to get started with these organizations 48:14 How to get in touch with Cat 49:32 Harvest traditions 50:33 This week's plant profile is… Paperwhites! 53:39 What's new in the garden? Big frost and parsley 54:07 What's new around town? USBG Season's Greenings and more 56:54 The Last Word on Gardening in the Mid-Atlantic Winter by Marianne Willburn

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 28: Preserving Your Harvest -- Canning, Freezing, and Drying

GardenDC Podcast Episode 118: Is It Ripe Yet? How To Tell When To Harvest

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We welcome your questions and comments! You can leave a voice mail message for us at: https://anchor.fm/gardendc/message Note that we may use these messages on a future episode.

And be sure to leave us a 5-star review on your favorite platform so other gardeners can find us too!

Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing: Brandie Bland
Show Notes: Jaime Breeden

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