Maryland crab season starts in early spring which is fine if you like small, anemic crabs who have just groggily crawled out of the muck from their long winter snooze. Long-time residents know July is when the crabs start to get good and heavy. However, unless you’re not willing to fork out a substantial chunk of change for a bushel of crabs, you should consider catching them yourself. It’s easier than you think.
We’ve had a lot of rain lately, which is unusual for Maryland this time of year. Usually we’d be experiencing Maryland’s annual summer drought and we would be giving you watering tips. But not this year. That is both good and bad. It’s good in that you are not lugging hoses all over the yard in the sweltering heat. But all the moisture, coupled with humidity and heat, can introduce a host of diseases and pests into your garden.
Decks made of composite materials have gained in popularity in recent years because, although they cost more to build, they are low-maintenance and last a long time. However, many people still have a wood deck and/or prefer the look and feel of a classic wood deck--which does take a bit of work every year. Even if your deck is just a few years old, it's a good idea to start a routine now to increase its lifespan.
Sure winter has its up side. There's skiing and...um...well we're sure there are a bunch of other things that winter is good for. But winter is NOT good for your hardwood or laminate floors. The salt and ice melt used on roads and sidewalks can scratch and dull your floor over the course of one minor snowstorm.
Over four thousand years ago, the ancient Babylonians would make promises to their gods to return borrowed objects and pay off all their debts by the start of the new year. A couple of thousand years later, as the Romans entered their new year, they made all kinds of promises to their god, Janus, for whom January is named.
Switch to LED lights. They've come a long way from their early days of blinding color. Not only have they perfected the design, but LEDs last almost a 100 times longer and use 90% less electricity than incandescent bulbs! And you can string ten strands together, a big jump from the old three-strand maximum. That means less extension cords.
Leaves decaying on hard surfaces make their way into area streams and rivers robbing the water of oxygen and releasing nitrogen which leads to algae blooms, fish kills and "dead" zones in the Chesapeake Bay. Leaves can be, however, very beneficial when used around your yard.
Excessive heat, ultraviolet rays and substances such as salt, oil, gas and grease all take their toll on an asphalt driveway. Without protection your driveway can become a lumpy, crumbling mess. A little time spent patching and sealing can extend the life of your driveway and improve the curb appeal and value of your home.
This winter, wouldn't it be nice to take a jar of summer-perfect fruits or veggies out of the cabinet? While "old-school", canning preserves the harvest-fresh taste and nutrition of fresh fruits and veggies and ensures you of chemical-free food for your table this winter. There are basically two methods of canning: