Below are comments I shared at a press conference held today in a garden we designed and installed in Garrett Park to announce the launch of Montgomery County’s Green Landscaper Program: About a year and a half ago, I looked at Backyard...Read more
More Research Indicates Round-Up is Dangerous
Thanks to a client who shared yet another study indicating that ‘harmless’ Round-up really isn’t: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/study-links-roundup-to-obesity-cancer-and-more.htmlRead more
Backyard Bounty to Pilot Montgomery County Green Landscaper Initiative
Backyard Bounty is excited to be piloting a new Green Landscaper initiative sponsored by Montgomery County. If you are free on Monday, swing by to look at one of our gardens in Garrett Park where county executive Isiah Leggett will be holding a...Read more
Reason to Believe
Thinking about the bombings in Boston and fertilizer plant explosions as I drove between projects in Bethesda and Garrett Park, the play list was all Bruce Springsteen. Easy to feel like the speaker in ‘Reason to Believe’ sometimes...Read more
The Favas are Coming!
We’ll be picking them in May- peeling first the outer shell, then the white membrane around each individual bean. Worth it? Yes. Parboil the bean with membrane for a few seconds and it will pop off. Saute the fresh favas in olive oil with...Read more
Native alternative to liriope
Instead of planting liriope, try Carex laxiculmis ‘Bunny Blue’. This native sedge is evergreen, thrives in the shade, and has steel blue foilage that lights up a dark corner in the garden. Thanks to Ann English of the Montgomery...Read more
So far, the only 2 in the whole patch…At a client’s last week where they were all coming up, some over 2′ high, in a bed that is less than a year old. Fingers crossed, the rest aren’t gone.Read more
Organic weed control…and compost at the same time!
Cover soil with 1/2-1″ thick layer of wetted newspaper. Top with mulch. Skip weeding all summer and feed your plants at the same time. One really good reason to still get the newspaper…Read more
Building steps from stone
BEFORE: REMOVAL: BROKEN CONCRETE TO BE RE-USED IN WALL FOUNDATION: BOULDER STEPS: READY TO START: BOULDER 1: MORE:Read more
The gift of an artisan
When Lucas and I go to pick out boulders at the quarry, it’s a bit like walking into a candy store with a 5 year old. He looks at every stone as if it is a person, and when he finds a stone he loves, he’ll pick it, even if it means he...Read more
What’s happening to the bees????
According to the NY Times, 40-50 percent of the honey bee hives needed to pollinate our fruit and vegetable crops have collapsed this year. The suspected culprit: a new pesticide engineered into plants themselves. More info...Read more
One of my favorite plants is on the Maryland Invasive Plant list: Mahonia bealei, aka ‘Leatherleaf Mahonia’ or ‘False Holly’ or ‘Oregon Grape Holly’ When I go to a client’s garden and see a Burning Bush...Read more