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Garden Q&A: How to control a leafminer attack

Overnight, leafminers attacked my spinach and beets. I pulled my spinach and cut the leafminer-infested leaves off my beets. Are there other ways to organically control or prevent leafminers? Cutworms have been cutting off and carting away my seedlings, too! Would plant covers protect plants before they’re attacked? When you …

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Garden Q&A: How to keep lace bugs from turning your plants yellow

My azaleas and Japanese andromeda get yellow spots. Last year some leaves turned yellow, almost white. There were so many spots! Now it’s starting again. How can I stop this disease? Your andromeda and azaleas have lace bugs, an insect that inserts its feeding tube into the leaf and sucks …

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10 incredible ‘green’ buildings around the world

Thanks for dropping by / Getty Images Garden by the Bay South is a nature park located near the Bayfront MRT station in Singapore. A number of conservatories rest here, minimizing the city’s environmental footprint and demonstrating sustainable building technologies. Visitors can take in the Flower Dome, Cloud Mountain (a …

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Estate with ties to Baltimore literary legend Edgar Allan Poe to open as Designer Show House

The annual Symphony Designers’ Show House, where interior designers use an elaborate home as their canvas, returns this Sunday in its 41st year, and this time, the house — with its Flemish bond red brick, detailed arched windows and ties to a Baltimore literary legend — is an attraction itself. …

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High-end rental homes in Ocean City, Rehoboth Beach offer luxury on vacation

Sean Ruppert’s custom-built Rehoboth, Del., beach house was fully booked for the summer by mid-April – and that’s hardly uncommon. Upscale vacation rentals at the Delaware beach are a small segment of an accommodations market that includes hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and more, but there’s plenty of interest in high-end properties. Among …

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Want the next hot houseplant? Better get to the garden center fast.

Spring is my houseplant-buying season. Buying houseplants is my way of striking back after being made the brunt of a particularly mean, ugly joke by Chicago weather. Quick confession: Spring is also my houseplant-buying season because I routinely kill houseplants in the winter (and at other times, but mostly in …

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Garden Q&A: Bradford pears should now be considered an invasive trash tree

Please explain the “curse” of the Bradford pears. Isn’t that the original species of the white blooming trees everyone thinks are wonderful every spring? We should stop planting them anymore. From wonder tree to weed in 20 years must be some kind of record. Developed as a sterile hybrid, the …

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Garden Q&A: Try these native groundcovers that will keep the deer away

What native groundcovers can you recommend for shade? I’ve removed all the English ivy and need something before erosion starts. I like evergreen ones, and I also have deer problems. Many of the following are deer resistant, if not completely deer proof. Allegheny pachysandra, for example, is a four season …

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What’s in bloom at Baltimore-area gardens and conservatories right now?

Winter seemed that it would never end, but spring has made its presence known in Baltimore. Gardens around the area like the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Cylburn Arboretum, and Ladew Topiary Gardens are seeing some plants and flowers already in bloom, with some that will peak as …

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Garden Q&A: The first star magnolia to bloom in spring

More and more I’ve noticed a small tree with fairly big white flowers that I’m guessing could be a replacement for Bradford pears. Do you know what it is? We think you’re seeing a star magnolia, the first magnolia to bloom in spring. Star magnolia blossoms are unusual, with narrow …

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