Tid Bits! On Horticulture and Conservation

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 8 22: Preserving Flowers

Nov 1 22:  Adding Fall Color to Your Garden

Oct 25 22:  A Native Shrub with an Explosion of Autumn Color

Oct 18 22: The Great Pumpkin

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

Jul 5 22: The Chelsea Chop

Jun 28 22: National Pollinator Week

Jun 21 22: The Hidden Dangers of Plants to Your Pets

Jun14 22: The Bridal Buzz

Jun 7 22:  My Love-Hate Affair

May 31 22: Your Favorite Plants

May 24 22: Making More Bluebells

May 17 22:  Peonies – Glorious in May

May 10 22: Trees as a Buffer

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 22 22: My Dream Garden

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

Feb 1 22: Ornitherapy

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 28 21:  Hellebores

Dec 14 21:  The Legend of the Christmas Plant

Dec 7 21:  Evergreen Hanging Balls

Nov 30 21: Festival of Trees

Nov 23 21:  Something for FREE

Nov 16 21: Orange Clove Pomander Balls

Nov 9 21:  Cool Flowers

Nov 2 21: The Pinking Shears of Bees

Oct 26 21: For the Love of Guara!

Oct 19 21: Goldenrod

Oct 12 21: Living Shorelines

Sept 28 21: The Decline of Maryland’s State Insect

Sept 21 21: Weather 101: What is a Derencho?

Sept 14 21: Gardens That Heal

Sept 7 21: A Garden Volunteer

Aug 31 21: Flowers of Hawaii

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

Aug 3 21: The Fall Garden

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?

Jun 15 21: Get “Ticked Off”

June 8 21: Fragrant Gardenias

June1 21: Bring on the Butterflies

May 25 21: The Beauty of Iris

May18 21: Find Joy in the Journey

May 11 21: Dandelion

May 4 21:  Planting Pollinators – the Trial Garden at Mount Cuba

April 27a 21: An Amazing Time for Peonies!

April 20 21: Spring Ephemerals

Apr 13 21: A Great Investment

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”

May 5 Issue “Dilemma”

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