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Catalogs decoded: What terms like ‘hybrid,' ‘heirloom' and '50 days' mean

Starting this week, we'll begin our big seed catalog roundup. Garden Plot editor Mike McGrath reviews terms and phrases you'll need to know when selecting which seeds to order this year.

Friday - 01/10/2014, 06:17pm EST

Tags: Garden Plot, seeds, GMOs, Mike McGrath

Garden Plot: Non-toxic pest control advice

How do get rid of the pesky indoor pests like silverfish and roaches but without pesticides? Garden Plot Editor Mike McGrath has you covered.

Friday - 01/03/2014, 12:03pm EST

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, silverfish, roaches, pesticides

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New Year's resolutions for your home and garden

Garden Plot editor Mike McGrath has tips to recycle your Christmas tree as well as some New Year's resolutions.

Friday - 12/27/2013, 12:47pm EST

Tags: Garden Plot, Christmas trees, christmas tree disposal, pesticides

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For Christmas, a festive plant that deer won't eat

Looking for a last minute gift?

Saturday - 12/21/2013, 05:28pm EST

Tags: Christmas, christmas rose, Mike McGrath, Plants, Garden Plot, gardening, perennials

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Garden Plot: An end to the de-icing debate

Rock salt? De-icer? Sand? Kitty litter? WTOP's Garden Editor Mike McGrath tells you how to keep your sidewalks and driveways ice-free, and what substance will actually help your plants.

Friday - 12/13/2013, 10:37am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath

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Garden Plot: Tropical plants make a Mid-Atlantic winter bright

In this week's edition of Garden Plot, Editor Mike McGrath has poinsettia plant rules and tips to evict ladybugs from your home.

Friday - 12/06/2013, 11:24am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, poinsettias, lady bugs, Christmas trees

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Garden Plot: Essential tips for picking, keeping a healthy Christmas tree

Follow these tips and your tree will be nearly fireproof and won't drop its needles.Here's your guide for the perfect Christmas tree.

Friday - 11/29/2013, 05:21am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, christmas tree

Garden Plot: Advice for gardeners as temperatures drop this weekend

With temperatures getting very cold this weekend, Mike McGrath tells gardeners what they can do to keep their cool-weather crops safe.

Friday - 11/22/2013, 11:52am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath

How to improve your garden's soil over the winter

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on what to put on your garden to keep the soil nutrient-rich through winter and on how to get rid of those pesky gnats that show up on your houseplants.

Friday - 11/08/2013, 07:11am EST

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, gardening, mulch

Garden Plot: New Md. lawn-care laws now in effect

Don't be a sodden suspect. Maryland's new lawn-care laws are now in effect.

Friday - 11/01/2013, 09:24am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, Mike McGrath, fertilizer laws, tulips, raking

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