Tid Bits! Information About Horticulture and Conservation
Tid Bits! A series of tips on horticulture and conservation.
Nov 22 22: Tid Bits Bids Adieu
Nov 15 22: Fall Brings Cooler Temperatures and Stink Bugs to Your Home
Nov 1 22: Adding Fall Color to Your Garden
Oct 25 22: A Native Shrub with an Explosion of Autumn Color
Oct 11 22: A Monthly Garden Guide
Oct 4 22: Highlights of Harvest Highlights
Sept 27 22: Deliciously Delectable Figs
Sept 20 22: Hummingbirds in the Fall
Sept 12 22: The Dragonfly – A Fascinating Insect
Sept 6 22: A PSA for the Eastern Rat Snake
Aug 30 22: Preserving Summer Memories with Pressed Flowers
Aug 23 22: What is Going On in My Garden Now?
Aug 16 22: How to Identify and Fix a Root-Bound Plant
Aug 9 22: Plant Seed, Pull Weed: Nurturing the Garden of Your Life
Jul 26 22: A Dilly of a Choice
Jul 19 22: Supporting Our Plants
Jul 12 22: Now is a Good Time to Sew Seeds of Biennials
Jun 28 22: National Pollinator Week
Jun 21 22: The Hidden Dangers of Plants to Your Pets
May 31 22: Your Favorite Plants
May 24 22: Making More Bluebells
May 17 22: Peonies – Glorious in May
May 3 22: Welcoming Bird Friends into our Gardens
April 26 22: A Potager Garden – A What?
April 19 22: What Would You Suggest?
April 12 22a: Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally This Year
Mar 15 22: Preparing Your Garden for a Glorious Spring
Mar 8 22: Spring Native Plant Sales Nearby
Feb 22 22: Tis Hellebore Season!
Feb 12 22: Simple Design Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Feb 8 22: Green Up Winter by Starting Seeds Indoors
Jan 25 22: Viola – The 2022 Herb of the Year
Jan 18 22: We are Trendsetters
Jan 4 22: To-Do List for the Cold Climate Garden
Dec 14 21: The Legend of the Christmas Plant
Dec 7 21: Evergreen Hanging Balls
Nov 16 21: Orange Clove Pomander Balls
Nov 2 21: The Pinking Shears of Bees
Oct 26 21: For the Love of Guara!
Sept 28 21: The Decline of Maryland’s State Insect
Sept 21 21: Weather 101: What is a Derencho?
Aug 24 211: A Horticultural Zoo
Aug 17 21.pub: When is a Geranium not a Geranium?
Aug 10 21: Joe Pye Weed – A Pollinator’s Dessert
July 27 21: Renew and Refresh Perennials by Dividing
July 13 21: The Children’s Garden – A Place of Imagination
July 6, 21: Reptiles in the Garden
Jun 29 21: Annual Vines for Whimsy
June 22 21: Ever Heard of Egyptian Walking Onion?
June1 21: Bring on the Butterflies
May18 21: Find Joy in the Journey
May 4 21: Planting Pollinators – the Trial Garden at Mount Cuba
April 27a 21: An Amazing Time for Peonies!
April 20 21: Spring Ephemerals
April 6 21: Minor Bulbs – A Real Wow in the Garden
Mar 30, 21: Counting the Days!
March 23, 21: The Posey Book: A Treat for the Eyes and Heart
Mar 9 21: Is This Seed Still Good?
Feb 23 2021: Spring Aromatherapy
Feb 16, 21: Valentine’s Day Bookends Our Crazy Year with Continued Heart Dedication to Hospice!
Feb 9, 2021 Issue: Growing Micro Greens
Jan 26, 2021: Plants As Connections
Jan 5, 2021 Issue: 2021 Is Here At Last!
Dec 29, 2020 Issue: 2021 Resolutions For Gardeners
Dec 22, 2020 Issue: Ahh…Peaceful Pines
Dec 15, 2020 Issue: Making A Simple Bud Vase With Holiday Spirit
Dec 8, 2020 Issue: Keeping Winter Gardens Interesting
Dec 1, 2020 Issue: Aromatherapy
Nov 24, 2020 Issue; Parsley – Beneficial, Healthful, Medicinal Plant
Nov 17, 2020 Issue. Home Sweet Home
Nov 10, 2020 Issue: “An Elusive Visitor To Our Woods”
Nov 3, 2020 Issue. “Of Two Schools”
Oct 27 Issue. “Lasagna Gardening with Bulbs”
October 20 Issue. “Autumn Treasurers”
October 6 Issue “Thugs, Squatters, Drifters, and Other Dysfunctionally Functional Relationships in the Garden”
September 29 Issue “It Might be Time to Rethink Our Lawns and Landscapes”
September 22 Issue “Get Hooked on Gardening”
September 15 Issue “Our Featured Friends”
No issue September 8
September 1 Issue “Blackberry Lily”
August 25 Issue “Have a Ball in the Fall”
August 18 Issue “A Rainbow of Iris”
August 11 Issue “The Show Must Go On!”
August 4 Issue “Garden Surprises”
July 28 Issue “Rescuing a Beauty”
July 21 Issue “All About Clematis”
July 14 Issue “A Variety of Beautiful Lilies From Bobbie’s Garden”
July 7 Issue “A Tribute to Pat Carroll”
June 30 Issue “Learning About Climate Change”
June 23 Issue “Bleeding Heart, a Garden Favorite”
June 16 Issue “A Good Story – The Return of the Monarch Butterfly”
June 8 Issue “Watching for Tree Diseases”
June 2 Issue “Red Clover, More Than a Weed”
May 26 Issue “Historical Peonies”
May 12 Issue “A Watched Garden”
April 28 Issue “Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Again Another Day. And while you’re at it, see what you can do about raising the temperature 10 degrees!”
The Great PumpkinConservation Minute – February 2020
Both the Federated and the Garden Club of America have been focusing more and more on conservation concerns and urging local clubs to be mindful of these concerns as we live our day-to-day lives and grow and maintain our gardens. Their goal is to expand environmental awareness throughout their ranks. Recent issues of GCA’s magazine, The Bulletin, have noted the need to eliminate disposable, plastic bags; reduce phantom power usage by unplugging appliances and devices when not in use; and the importance of trees.
Last September, GCA held a week-long Conservation Study Conference where the focus was on issues that are the same as those we deal with in the Chesapeake Bay region: environmental concerns, sustainability, effects of water quality, and health related issues.
In short, Federated and GCA’s concerns are our concerns. Therefore, we will also be focusing more on the issues of conservation, at each of our General meetings with a ‘Conservation Minute.’
Exactly what is conservation?
It is essentially protecting and managing natural resources.
As climate change is becoming more of a global as well as local reality with monthly new high temperature averages, extremes of drought spurring wild fires, record rainfalls inundating and flooding areas, and more frequent rising tides flooding low areas, we cannot ignore its effects.
As we come to terms with the effects of climate change, Conservation is the act of putting the best interests of our environment at the center of our actions: what we purchase (organic, biodegradable), what we throw out vs. recycling and reusing, what cleaning products we use, what we use in our gardens as herbicides and pesticides, and what we plant – native vs non-native.
This first Conservation Minute, defining conservation and giving just this short list of ‘Whats’, is an introduction to future conservation minutes which will hopefully help each of us be mindful of what we do and our impact on our environment.
Until our next Conservation Minute. . .
Lin Moeller, Conservation Committee