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09/02/2014 - 1:35pm
Our beloved gardens of Capitol Hill are often gardens in miniature. We fi nd smaller varieties of favorite plants due largely to the space limitations our properties present. Many Hill gardeners can be seen pruning unruly plants in an attempt to... >>more
09/02/2014 - 12:09pm
I have two beautiful grandiflora rose plants that seem to bloom less and less each year. They get good morning sun. Each is about 10 years old. How can I encourage more blooms? Your roses are signaling their constitutional need for full sun. At... >>more
09/02/2014 - 11:41am
The Editor said to write about the value of historic preservation -- quality of life, walkability, etc. A reasonable assignment although my eyes did start to glaze over just a bit. Afterwards, as I noodled the question, I began to think about dates... >>more
09/02/2014 - 11:14am
If you live on Capitol Hill your home probably has the original windows. You know it, because as winter approaches each year you put up sheets of plastic, frame the sash edges with clay insulation, or do whatever else it takes to keep the cold air... >>more
09/02/2014 - 10:47am
A stone’s throw from Lincoln Park, Eastern Market near Mott’s, one of Capitol Hill’s oldest operating corner stores, and Walker Street, which is arguably the best place to spend Halloween on the Hill, the area around 12th and C... >>more
09/02/2014 - 10:24am
No summer in recent memory has been so mild. By mid-August, Washington was running 40 percent below normal in 90-degree days. This means we gardeners have energy, so let’s put it to good use and get a jump on fall planning and planting. ... >>more
09/02/2014 - 9:42am
The wooden windows in our 110-year-old Capitol Hill home were a mess: air leakage, improper closing, broken and frayed sash cords, poor or non-existent weather stripping, loose paint and glazing, damaged glass and sashes, rotting sills and jambs,... >>more
09/02/2014 - 9:12am
Several years ago I designed and built a new rear porch for the 1923 house in Washington, DC that I own with my wife, Eryl. The new porch has become a favorite space at the house and our outdoor living room in good weather. But it was quite a... >>more
09/01/2014 - 1:00pm
Mobile technology has become a staple of American life. According to the Pew Research Internet Project, as of January 2014, 90 percent of American adults had a cell phone, 58 percent a smartphone, and 42 percent a tablet computer. Unfortunately... >>more
08/07/2014 - 10:53am
Every two weeks during the growing season, the sound of mowers and leaf blowers fills the air in Potomac Gardens as a uniformed landscape crew makes its way through the grounds. The men maintaining these grounds are called the Clean Green Team, and... >>more
08/07/2014 - 10:12am
The savvy gardener knows that summer is the perfect time to begin thinking about creating the perfect garden or re-thinking your outdoor spaces.  The process There are several things that you can plan now to make sure that you have to... >>more
08/07/2014 - 9:12am
Is it really true that marigold flowers in a garden provide some kind of protection against insect pests that eat leaves, flowers and veggies? Perhaps only “some kind” of protection. They might do so by actually attracting Japanese... >>more
07/02/2014 - 12:20pm
Please don’t call them tree boxes.  These curbside amenities have been re-branded “tree spaces” because now we know that trees need more than a little square of soil in order to survive and thrive. These spaces can make a... >>more
07/02/2014 - 11:45am
Now that summer is here, here are a few tips to help you stay cool while keeping your bank account intact. You might even find a new idea or two!   Air Conditioning A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature of your house... >>more
07/02/2014 - 10:42am
Our climbing hydrangea bloomed magnificently this year, for the first time in its 14-year life. Yesterday the main trunk fell down -- flat. I saw that behind the luxuriant leaf canopy of its main trunk, that trunk was gnarled, twisted far from the... >>more