WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Growing Gardens Through Summer Heat

For many gardeners, spring planting is well under way and summer vegetables will soon follow. Recent years have proven hard on local greenery, with prolonged heat waves and damaging storms. But there are steps you can take to ensure a healthy garden, from choosing local plants to well-timed watering. Whether you're tending a backyard vegetable patch, a community garden plot, or just a few potted flowers, we've got tips for getting the most from the land.

Related Links

Sharing Backyards links people with yards, lawns and backyards to spare with people who are interested in gardening, but don't have enough space or sun to grow their own garden. Search for a shared backyard in your neighborhood.

Montgomery Parks Community Gardens Program offers Montgomery County, Md., residents the opportunity to use public space and water to garden individual plots at a low cost.

Part of the University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener program, Grow It Eat It helps Marylanders improve health and save money by growing their own food using sustainable practices. The program offers free expert gardening advice weekdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. In Maryland, call 800-342-2507. Outside the state, call 410-531-1757.

U.S. Botanic Garden is a living plant museum. From roses to orchids, the rainforest to rare plants, you can learn about the latest in gardening.

NPR

How Mike Birbiglia Applies 'Yes, And ...' To Improv And Beyond

Birbiglia's new film follows a fictional New York improv troupe. Don't Think Twice explores the tension between personal ambition and being an "endlessly generous" team player.
NPR

Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
NPR

WATCH: Tim Kaine Makes Campaign Trail Debut: 'I Like To Fight For Right'

"Do you want a 'you're fired' president or a 'you're hired' president?" Kaine asked the crowd in Miami.
NPR

Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.