Tag Archives: Gardening

Monarchs Nectaring on Pineapple Sage

I was pleasantly surprised to look out the window during my lunch break today and see two monarch butterflies nectaring on my pineapple sage. Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) is one of those plants I like to include in my herb garden for both aesthetic and culinary reasons; the leaves make a yummy addition to iced Read More →

Native Plants to Save Our Pollen Nation!

LOVE THAT SHIRT, ROB! Spotted last week at the U.S. Arboretum during the Lahr Native Plants Sale… If you’d like to buy some great native plants to feed those pollinators, mark your calendars. There’s another great sale coming up on April 15, this time in Baltimore, MD at the intersection of University Parkway and Charles Read More →

Native Plants Provide Fall Color & Feed Wildlife

Want to add some color to a small urban garden while helping out our native wildlife?  Try planting some native perennials. Below are a few of my favorites.   Bees need food throughout the growing season, and there are many native plants that can provide a late-season meal for pollinators. In this photo a bumblebee is Read More →

Planting for Pollinators in DC on Earth Day

This morning commuters across the District were reminded it was Earth Day when representatives from the city’s Department of Energy & the Environment (DDOE) arrived at 13 different Metro stations to hand out seed packets. “Want some seeds to help us plant pollinators?” DDOE Director Tommy Wells repeatedly asked people on their way to work and Read More →

How to Take Good Flower Photos with Your Smartphone

I love taking flower photos in my garden, but I am not always pleased with the results! Strangely, my android smartphone seems to yield the best results, perhaps because my expectations are always low and I’m always pleasantly surprised how my relaxed attitude makes for a better pic. Either way, I wanted to pass on info Read More →

Hey DC: Can you host a beekeeper this year?

The DC Beekeepers Alliance wants to know: can you host some bees this year? Below, Toni Burnham from the Alliance explains. Dear DC Gardening Community: About 50 households will soon participate in our 2016 beginning beekeeping class, which focuses on responsible urban apiculture, but many do not have a space to keep bees. Beehives in Read More →

Time to Put Away the Fertilizer

Are you still applying fertilizer to your lawn?  Or is your lawn care company still coming like clock work to apply chemicals even though you’ve got Christmas lights hanging in the bushes? This late in the season there is really no benefit to applying those chemicals, and you risk polluting local waterways with excessive nitrogen. Read More →

Bumble Bees Provide Another Reason to NOT Rake Leaves

For years now I’ve been proclaiming the many good reasons to stop raking leaves in urban and suburban back yards. Leaves are the perfect mulch, and can increase the biodiversity of your soil. Leaving your leaves in place helps to provide lots of habitat of insects, which in turn provides lots of food for foraging Read More →

This Spring Take Some Free Gardening Classes in DC

It remains one of the best deals in town: DC Department of Parks and Recreation offers free gardening classes in DC for those who want to learn how to grow their own food. This year the department is offering a series of classes as a part of its Urban Gardening Certificate Program. After the completion Read More →

Bees at the Green Matters Symposium Feb 27

On February 27, 2015 I’ll be at the Green Matters Symposium in Silver Spring, MD. This year’s event will include lots of presentations on protecting pollinators, and I’ll be joining a panel of speakers to discuss bees. Copies of my book, Hives in the City: Keeping  Honey Bees Alive in an Urban World, will also be Read More →

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