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The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin

Give each plant room, and you’ll eat bigger, better vegetables


You’ll love persimmons — once you learn the to eat them

Now that I have returned to the Deale Farmers’ Market Thursdays from 3 to 6pm with persimmons, I get lots of questions: What do you do with persimmons? What do they taste like? The persimmons I grow and sell are the Asian type, almost as large as tomatoes and with very few seeds, if any, depending on seasonal conditions. This year, persimmons have more seeds than usual.

Southern Maryland gardens want native yellow river birch


But thanks to sycamore anthracnose, they are suffering and won’t fill out until this summer


But fireblight will leave them looking burnt


It’s Bay-friendly, so it may — or may not — be the lawn you want


Don’t welcome them!

If you thought the Japanese beetles (aka ladybugs) were bad last year, get ready for worse this fall, when invading stinkbugs join the Japanese beetles. This is the worst year I have ever witnessed for stinkbugs. Stinkbugs are harmless to humans and pets, but they are a nuisance and difficult to control. They derive their name from the foul odor they release when you squeeze the abdomen. It reminds me of smelly dirty socks with a slightly sweet odor. 

Here’s how to plant for summer and autumn harvest


Following a few simple rules, you can grow a mighty oak from a tiny acorn

  A master gardener recently asked me how to germinate acorns because she had repeated failures. To be successful, collect the acorns soon after they have fallen from the tree. Never collect acorns that have caps still attached because those acorns are most likely empty. Only solid, firm acorns that have fallen from the tree without caps should be collected. A healthy, well-developed acorn is one that has separated from its cap while still attached to the tree.

With lots of fruit and few demands,
what’s not to like?