Monthly Archives: November 2009

How to keep up with the White House Kitchen Garden

Posted by Susan Harris

Obama Foodorama Blog
Just over a year ago now, on election day 2008, food policy writer Eddie Gehman Kohan launched the blog Obama Foodorama - to …

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Groundcovers in winter

Just when it appeared that we’d debated ALL the possible reasons to remove dead leaves from our gardens, up pops another and it’s these lovely groundcovers.    Me, I’d rather look at these all winter than …

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Homestead Gardens Did the Thinking for You!

Local Food Chitchat -from the Chesapeake and around the country.

by Rita Calvert-The Local Cook

Themes with a Story

 

 

You can bet that Homestead Gardens, with elves in place, was thinking ahead about …

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Poinsettias and I go way back

by Gene Sumi, Homestead Education Coordinator

As a little boy traveling in the family car down the Coast Highway of Southern California, I would gaze out the car window at the …

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More Opinions on the Leaf-Composting Issue

By Rita Calvert, the Local Cook

From Greg Strella, head farmer at Great Kids Farm at the Bragg Nature Center, Catonsville, MD.

Mulching with chopped leaves is great, particularly if you have just planted garlic (as we …

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Edible Centerpieces-Celebrate the goodness of your food in as many ways as you can

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook with Jen Hurt as guest chef, artist and Edible Landscaper

 

As for Jen…
Her true calling seems to be art, but art …

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After the Fact-Thanksgiving Transformations

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Good Bye, Dear Friend

At this time of giving thanks, we need to have gratitude for all that Edible Chesapeake Magazine and publisher, Renee Catacalos, have done to …

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Subscribe to Maryland’s Home and Garden Newsletter

Posted by Susan Harris

Great news from Maryland’s Cooperative Extension Service – which just happens to be routinely cited one of the best in the country.   It’s their bi-monthly newsletter, “full of  good gardening information …

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What I’m Really Doing in my Garden in November

by Gardening Coach Susan Harris

Here’s my monthly garden-coaching article about what a low-maintenance gardener (ME) really does, and still has a garden she’s thrilled to look at.   So it isn’t the 30+ things …

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Dead Leaf Debate, Part 2 – Chopping and Composting

Posted by Susan Harris

[Part 1 covered  whether to remove dead leaves in the garden.]

If you’ve decided to do something positive with your dead leaves (as opposed to, say, sending them …

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This Weekend: Poinsettia Fields Open for Your Inspection

Okay, they’re not fields, but 30,000 of them spread out over acres of greenhouses.   And this weekend you can get an inside view of how they’re grown and the surprising diversity in their look and size.

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Turkey On the Barbie-That Heritage Holiday Bird Brined and Grilled

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

 

Homestead is happy to offer Heritage turkeys for your holiday.  Just place your order.  
About Regular Turkeys 

You know the kind, the unnaturally broad-breasted turkey which …

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Maryland Tree Program Means $25 Off Your Purchase

by Susan Harris

Maryland residents, lucky you!  You’re eligible for a $25 off coupon toward the purchase of any eligible tree priced at $50 or more.  The state is hoping to have 1 …

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For Garden Blogger Bloom Day: Roses, Berries and a bit of Fall Foliage

by Susan Harris

On the 15th of every month, over 150 garden bloggers from around the world take part in a fun event – posting photos of what’s blooming in their garden.   Garden Blogger Bloom …

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Much debate over what to do with dead leaves

Posted by Susan Harris

It all started when an article called “Leaf it Be!” was distributed via email list to gardeners around Metro DC.   In it, the author comes to the rescue …

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Vegetable Ragu over Spaghetti Squash

by Rita Calvert, the Local Cook  (More about spaghetti squash right here.)

Serves 6

In this produce rich recipe spaghetti squash is masquerading as pasta to a delicious and healthy effect. You certainly …

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Spaghetti Squash

by Rita Calvert, the Local Cook

What is it?
True spaghetti squash is pale ivory to pale yellow in color, in the early 1990’s, an orange spaghetti squash, known as “Orangetti” was developed …

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How to Roast that Turkey

by Rita Calvert, the Local Cook

About the turkeys available here at Homestead?  The folks who raised them – Maple Lawn Farm in Howard County – have some advice.

Suggestions from Maple Lawn Farm …

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Joseph ♥ ‘Blue Princess’ Hollies

Posted by Susan Harris.

The other day I asked Joseph Panossian, Homestead’s Woodies Guy, for his top pick in the Woodies Department right now and he practically ran to grab a ‘Blue Princess’ …

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It’s Turkey-Tasting Time

Posted by Susan Harris.

Honestly, Thanksgiving wasn’t even on my radar til I ran into this turkey-tasting opportunity at Homestead the other day.   Available for tasting were white and dark turkey tidbits grown …

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