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Category Gigi’s Blog

The green tomato dilemma; or, will this fruit get any riper?

Thanks to the University of Maryland / Maryland Grows this article on the green tomato dilemma.

Does it ripen on its own after being picked?

I was reminded on social media this morning of an article published back in June by John Porter on the Garden Professors blog. It’s about which fruits (some of which are vegetables in a culinary sense) continue to ripen after being harvested, and which don’t. Using more scientific words, which are climacteric and which are non-climacteric. There’s a useful list — bookmark it!

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Unripe Siberian kiwis in May
Image: University of Maryland / Maryland Grows

I referred to that list this summer to confirm that kiwis are among the fruits that will continue to ripen once picked. I have three Siberian kiwi plants (Actinidia kolomikta), two ...

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October Events in and Around Baltimore

The monthly calendar will help you find activities and October events that are happening in and around the Baltimore metro area. In addition, get the details on what’s happening and where.


BoStrong Musical Festival

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The 3rd annual BoStrong Music Festival at Daniel’s Restaurant & Open Air Bar will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 12:00-6:00 pm at Daniel’s Open Air Restaurant. Enjoy music, food, and prizes in support of the BoStrong Foundation.


43rd Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

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Come to the Timonium Fairgrounds for the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival on October 11-13 and meet 275+ curated artisans, like jewelry and woodworkers for example, and shop their products.


12 Annual Baltimore DIY Fest

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Creosote 101

Get a lesson about creosote and how it can be a danger to your family.
Image: Clean Sweep

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about creosote in your chimney.

Every year, there are over 25,000 chimney fires across the United States. These fires lead to over $125 million in property damage. Aside from the property damage, there are numerous lives lost and harmed as a result. One of the most notable causes of these tragic chimney and house fires is creosote build-up inside of the chimney or fireplace. What does every homeowner need to know about this hazardous substance?

What Is Creosote?

It is a corrosive and flammable substance that builds up on the inside walls of chimneys and fireplaces. This chemical is made when ash, other gases and wood particles combine on the way out of your chimney...

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The truth about iBuyers

iBuyers might not be the answer for your real estate needs

As you go through the home selling process, you discover all sorts of methods people use to sell their homes. One option is iBuyers. With this method a company buys the home, lists it and then sells it.

This method might be quick, but it’s not a good way to get the most for your home. These iBuyers are usually online only companies, however some more conventional real estate companies are beginning to jump on the bandwagon.

The trend today is that people want to do everything quickly, but this may not be the way to go for your individual situation. while it would be great to sell you home immediate, there are some downsides to using an iBuyer.

Conversely, when I help you sell your home, I take a hands on approach and stick with you every step of the way...

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6536 Corkley Road

  • 6536 Corkley Road, street view

Look no further than this charming four bedroom, two bathroom Rosedale Cape Cod located at 6536 Corkley Road. This is an adorable single-family home listed at a townhome price.

This home is just what you’re looking for ...

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Gardening Tips for September

Thanks to Maryland Grows for letting me reprint these gardening tips by University of Maryland experts and master gardeners.

Image: Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii by University of Maryland

Houseplants

  • Before bringing houseplants back into the house: Check plants for antsearwigspillbugs, and other nuisance insects.  Wash off insect pests or apply a labeled houseplant insecticide to control any plant pests such as aphids, scales, spider mites, and mealybugs.
  • If the plants have outgrown their pots repot them into the next size pot or remove them, trim back the roots and repot in the same container. Use lightweight, well-drained soilless potting mixes...
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Monthly Calendar – September Events

Monthly Calendar for September

The monthly calendar will help you find activities and September events that are happening in and around the Baltimore area. In addition, get the details on what’s happening and where.

The monthly calendar will help you find activities and September events that are happening in and around the Baltimore area. In addition, get the details on what’s happening and where.


MD Brewery Tours

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Maryland Brewery Tours – Baltimore on September 06, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Firstly, visit Maryland’s finest breweries and secondly do it without the hassle of driving.


Sip ‘N Play

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Raise Nation Baltimore presents Sip N Play Epic Social Game Night Series at Charm Night Club on Se...

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2603 Gibbons Avenue

2603 Gibbons Avenue, Baltimore

  • 2603 Gibbons Avenue, street view of front

A high level of thought and care has gone into the renovation and mai...

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Meal Prepping – Tips to Start Doing It Now

Monthly Item of Value, meal prepping

While meal prepping is not difficult, it can be tough to get going. Once you have a system in place, moving forward will be easier.  In my Monthly Item of Value, get some tips on how to begin planning your weekly meals to make your life easier.

Try your best to make foods that are nutritious and then track your food by using an app. You need only to do quick a search on your phone to find food tracking apps.

MyFitnessPal and Delish are handy food blogs that can help you with food prepping. Pinterest can be a big help in finding easy recipes. In fact, you can use Pinterest as your digital recipe file and they will always be handy no matter where you are.

For the full Monthly Item of Value on Meal Prepping click/tap here.

You’ll get all sorts of tips on how to make your mea...

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DNA testing privacy: what you need to know

Thanks to Tom Benisch of State Farm for this episode of Tips from the Pros about DNA testing privacy.

Understand the basics of how DNA testing works and learn how to remain vigilant over your data.

A scientist is looking in to a microscope doing DNA testing.

Genetic testing has gone from a novel curiosity to big business. More than 26 million people have taken an at-home ancestry test, which uses DNA to analyze their genomes. The explosion in testing companies and use have a lot of people asking about at-home DNA testing privacy and wondering about the risks. Here are the basics and what you need to consider.

How DNA testing works

Wider availability and advanced technology have made DNA testing much more affordable and much less intrusive...

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