Monthly Archives: February 2010

Gotta Love Heather and Rosemary for Color in a Pot

Man, these Mediterranean beauties sure look good to me about now, starved as I am for some color around here.   And dressed up like this for Valentine’s Day, they look awfully romantic – at …

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Where’s the Heat?

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

You know you’ll never have trouble getting some heat with chile peppers even if we have 36 inches of snow outside well into March. It’s about time …

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Read about my alternative lawn in Fine Gardening Magazine!

by Susan Harris
Fine Gardening was my main source of gardening education and inspiration for years and years, and it got me through many a winter (though none as long as this …

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Our last workshops: Hypertufa planters, spring-blooming trees and shrubs, and pond maintenance

Our final winter workshops are this weekend - just call 410/798-5000 to register.

How to Make  a Hypertufa Planter ($45)  Saturday, 2/27 at 10 a.m. AND 2 p.m.  Build fascinating, stone-like containers that look hundreds of …

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Send us your Photos of Birds

Did you catch the winners of our last Photo Contest - Snowy Day? Cool stuff, and we’re already well into our next contest – this one featuring “Feathered Friends”.   Just upload your best wild …

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Leave your Plants Buried under the Snow

by Gene Sumi, Homestead Education Coordinator

The first thing people think about when they see their favorite trees and shrubs buried under wet snow is to rescue them, but let’s examine the …

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Heirloom Tomatoes in Winter? Simply…yum

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

The amazing news: Homestead Gardens has tested growing a few varieties of heirloom tomatoes in their greenhouses this winter. The harvest is on and …

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Betsy’s Favorite Perennials: Russian Sage is High on the List

Can you imagine working with your favorite plants all day long, for pay?  Yeah, me neither.  But Betsy Winters, Homestead’s perennials manager and buyer, does exactly that.  So of course we all want her to …

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This weekend: Organics, Groundcovers, Yoga, Spring Bulbs and Floral Design

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

Gene’s Tip: Gardening with Organics ($5)  Saturday, 2/20 at 10 a.m. Gene Sumi tells us the best way to achieve great …

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Some things you may not know about Valentine’s Day – or cut flowers

Posted by Susan Harris

The Days of Wine and Frilly Paper

Valentine’s Day has its origins back in the 3rd Century but for most of history it’s somehow been celebrated without roses …

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If Life Gives You Snow and Ice…

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the things I used to love about snow days was that quick faux ice cream treat. I don’t know …

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I’m dreaming of Chanticleer Garden

by Susan Harris
If you haven’t been to Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA just west of Philadelphia, how about a quick tour to tide you over ’til the weather changes and you …

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How to Save Evergreens from Death by Snow

Now that the title has your attention, could someone please tell us how?

To appreciate the damage in context, check out the “before” photo below showing the magnolia on the left, then some aucubas, and the …

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This weekend: Root Vegetables, Growing from Seed, Plants for Pollinators and Water Gardens

Barring another blizzard, Homestead is offering these great winter workshops this weekend - just call 410/798-5000 to register.  (Cancelled workshops from last weekend will be rescheduled.)

Gene’s Tips: Starting from Seed ($5), Saturday …

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“Snowy Day” Photo Contest Winners

We thank our Facebook “fans” for their many entries to our photo contest!  And the winners are:

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Tomatoes Fresh from Homestead Gardens & the Stovetop Smoker

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Many are the ways to prepare and extend the bounty of summer or even preserve hothouse tomatoes during the winter months. I made these tomatoes for Chef …

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Visit exotic gardens around the world without leaving home

by Susan Harris
I don’t know about you, but around about now I’m needing a fix of color, and maybe some lush foliage.  Of course I could schlep to the nearest …

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