Tag Archives: Montgomery Co Md

Here’s Hoping #OptOutside Becomes a Tradition, Too

The national retailer of outdoor equipment REI made headlines earlier this year when it announced that its stores would remain closed on both Thanksgiving AND the day after, known  in the US as “Black Friday.” I’ve long been against the idea of any store opening on Thanksgiving. The holiday used to stand out as the one day of Read More →

Care of Rain Gardens in Winter

Do Rain Gardens Need Special Care in Winter? This winter has brought extreme cold to many parts of the Northeast US.  Ice and snow have been building up in rain gardens in many areas, prompting people to wonder if the gardens will clog up and stop working. Along many streets in the Metropolitan DC area, rain Read More →

UMD Home Garden Information Center to Close Phone Lines

When the University of Maryland Agriculture Extension Office announced it would be shutting down its Home and Garden Information Center phone lines this December, a lot of gardeners around the state expressed deep dismay.  Like other Extension Offices at other universities across the country, the staff and highly-trained volunteers at the UMD have provided answers to Read More →

Keeping Your Eyes on the Creek

What an odd non-winter we had. I missed the snow, and the recharge it usually brings my spirit. My garden never got the re-charge either –although some plants died back completely in September, others just kept on going as if we were now gardening in California. My rosemary, for example, has been blooming nonstop since Read More →

More Visions Needed for MNCPPC’s Vision 2030

My good friend and fellow MoCo environmentalist Kit Gage recently let me know that she’d contacted the people at our local parks department to let them know her thoughts about the Vision 2030 plan they’d drafted after reading an email I’d circulated on the topic. Kit’s own email on the topic was so good I Read More →

Victory for Victory Gardens in Montgomery County

Okay, okay. I can’t help but laugh at the announcement in last week’s message from the Montgomery Victory Gardens people: We won! We won! We won! One can almost picture the nanny-nanny-boo-boos being levelled at the Montgomery County Public Schools on this one… and there are many who say they had it coming. For more Read More →