Monthly Archives: October 2009

Another fall stunner – Amsonia hubrichtii

Posted by Susan Harris

My absolute favorite perennial for late October, early November?  Amsonia hubrichtii, common name Willow Blue Star (though I’ve never seen anyone actually use that.  So I think in this …

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Local and Seasonal Goat and Coconut Vegetable Curry at the Farmers Market

by Rita Calvert, the Local Cook

A nice challenge came along the way when I was asked to do a chef demo at Greenbelt Farmers Market.  The beauty of it was I could …

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What’s up with FreezePruf?

Posted by Susan Harris

Suddenly, blue bottles of a product called FreezePruf are showing up on the doorsteps of garden writers and on the shelves of retail garden centers.   And naturally, bloggers are …

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The Trend toward Sustainable Agriculture

by Rita Calvert, The Local Cook

Luckily I’ve had the chance to witness the movement towards Sustainable Agriculture as a career when visiting and working with Generation X and Yers on farms nationwide. It’s an …

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About Gene Sumi

Gene Sumi is Homestead’s Educational Coordinator and Certified Professional Horticulturist and in that role he provides customers with gardening advice on everything from what to do for your plants if it rains too much to controlling …

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Love plants? Then watch Michael Pollan’s “Botany of Desire” on PBS Wednesday October 28

by Susan Harris
Most people know Michael Pollan as a food writer and activist for local and organic food, but his earlier gardening books are what made me a fan.   His Second …

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Japanese Maples!

They’re so beautiful in late October, a poor blogger’s tempted to say “OMG!”

Posted by Susan Harris

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What’s new in the kitchen garden, in the markets, and on the table

by Rita Calvert, The Local Cook

So what IS a Kitchen Gardener?

 First and foremost, kitchen gardeners love food, both product and process. They do not dream of eating a good tomato, …

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Cooking with Pumpkins

by Rita Calvert, the Local Cook
Okay, now let’s stop talking and get cooking with all of that great produce just singing the fall song and calling your name. Scroll on down the …

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Ornamental Grasses in all their Glory

by Susan Harris
Who can resist ornamental grasses in October?  Or even more so in November, December, January and February when there isn’t much going on in the garden but we haven’t yet removed …

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What I’m doing in my garden in October

by Susan Harris
You know those long lists of Things to Do This Month, with somewhere between 20 and 30 items? Honestly, instead of inspiring me to take action, they cause my eyes to glaze over …

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Cooking with Figs

by Rita Calvert, the Local Cook  (and don’t miss Rita’s All About Figs)

Chevre Stuffed Figs with Peppered Honey
Serves 4

Fresh figs are becoming an increasingly adaptive tree to the Chesapeake Region. …

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Homestead Gardens Blog – the What, Who, and How

What IS this?
It’s a team blog brought to you by an independent garden center in Davidsonville and Severna Park, Maryland.   Blogs are simply websites that scroll new articles (called posts) sequentially on the home …

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Homestead Gardenblogger Susan Harris

Susan Harris caught the gardening bug growing up in Virginia, became certified as a Master Gardener in Washington, D.C., and has been gardening in Maryland for almost 30 years.  Admittedly obsessed with gardening, she’s enjoying …

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Homestead Blog Contributor Rita Calvert, the Local Cook

Rita is a freelance writer and photographer of the sustainable farming story, and a founding member of Buy Fresh Buy Local- Chespeake Region.  Her recipes and photos can be found at the Great Kids Farm blog.  …

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