Monthly Archives: January 2010

Floral designers’ tips for Valentine’s Day

by Susan Harris

One day in mid-January I stopped by Homestead’s Floral Department to chat with award-winning designers Justine Marshall and Nancy Huffman.  Of course the BIG topic for all floral designers this time of …

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This weekend: Tree care, Bonsai, Herb Wreaths and Pests

More great winter workshops this weekend - just call 410/798-5000 to register.

Gene’s Tip: Common Problems and Pests ($5)  Saturday, 1/30 at 10 a.m. Gene Sumi teaches how to learn from other gardeners’ …

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Valentine Soiree~Dangerously Delicious Chocolate and Coffee

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

I just bet you want to put on a spiffy event for Valentine’s Day without any fuss. Be adventurous as you can’t go wrong with chocolate and coffee …

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So how cold-hardy is Rosemary?

One of the many mysteries of gardening is the contradictory advice we read, especially but not solely on the Internet, about plants.  It can even contradict our own experiences growing plants in our very own gardens, …

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Compost Guru Frank Gouin Answers all our Questions

Posted by Susan Harris
I’d heard Dr. Frank Gouin’s name mentioned almost reverentially for years and wasn’t about to miss his winter workshop at Homestead yesterday.    So without further ado, here’s what I learned.

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Organic Gardening magazine’s new editor and make-over

Posted by Susan Harris
Organic  Gardening magazine is having a very good run.  Not that they’re solely responsible for the upsurge in growing food and growing it organically, or in what now gets …

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What’s in Your Future Harvest?

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Since 1994 a group of Mid-Atlantic small farmers practicing sustainable agriculture have worked together to bring us some of the finest local food products in the Chesapeake Region.

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Grocery Gardening: The Thrill of Victory…The Agony of Defeat

Guest post by Robin Ripley of Bumblebee Blog

Forty-one million U.S. households grew some of their own food in 2009, according to the Garden Writers Association. That’s 38% of U.S. households. Thirty-seven percent were …

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Learn about composting, planting for wildlife, cold-weather vegetables and containers, and gardening tools

Yep, that’s a lot of learning going on next Saturday and Sunday at the old Homestead.  Here’s the line-up, and I’m told there’s still room – but register now to make sure.  (Call …

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The ugliest month in the garden

Posted by Susan Harris
Every month gardenbloggers post what’s blooming in their garden on the 15th, but like all Marylanders, there’s absolutely nothing to show you.  In fact, even the groundcovers that

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High on the Winter To-Do List? Gardening Recordkeeping

Posted by Susan Harris
This is, as all gardeners know, THE time to get our recordkeeping in order for the prior season, and maybe get our system set up for the next.   First …

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Ode to Not Just Any Goat

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

As the story goes, there are always challenges on a farm. When you come to know a farm, you are part of the joys and struggles. Loosing an …

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Visiting the National Arboretum in Winter

Posted by Susan Harris
No matter how frozen our garden soil or how dormant our plants, lucky gardeners near D.C. can get a big fix of plants and whole gardens by visiting the National  …

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Plant of the Month: Winterberry Holly

By Susan Harris
It may be January but winterberry hollies (Ilex verticillata) are still covered with berries and they’re the best-looking plant in many a Maryland garden.   Because they’re native to wetlands in Eastern …

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As Comfy As it Gets + ‘Food Rules’

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

 

As the grip of a chilling winter wraps around us, hibernation becomes a viable escape-but not realistic. After all this is the time of year to go …

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Priscilla’s Garden, for a Taste of Summer

Posted by Susan Harris
It feels like Antarctica right now, I’m in the mood for lush gardens and memories of summer temperatures and I know just the place to visit.  It’s …

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I Like Simple Bird Feeders (I Think the Birds Do Too)

by Gene Sumi, Homestead Education Coordinator

No one has to tell you how many types, styles and prices you’ll find when you go shopping for bird feeders.  I’m not trendy, but I do …

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One more photo – by Roberta Mislevy

This one is especially cool, but there’s more Photography by Roberta Mislevy here.   She lives somewhere near here but we can’t tell where.

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More Cool Visitors who Blog, Photograph and Video

It was great fun to discover customers’ videos, photos and stories of their holiday visits to Homestead, and we thank them for their visits and their talents.  (We found them via Google Alerts we set up for …

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Customer spots “Bizarre Hippie Merman Ornament”

And the prize for Most Unusual Video about our Holiday Displays goes to Kimberly Keyes Stark of Greenbelt for this video.

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