Monthly Archives: April 2010

The World of Rhubarb

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Rhubarb a 4500-Year-Old Friend and a plant from Antiquity
When you break out a bunch of rhubarb, most people will automatically …

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Vegetable Garden at Baltimore City Hall in Danger

by Susan  Harris
I hope you had a chance to see the glorious vegetable gardens at Baltimore’s City Hall last year, their first year, because it may be their last.   We’ve …

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Great Native Plants for the Garden

by Susan Harris
Native plants are in the news these days, and we’re being encouraged by environmental groups to include them in our garden.  Why?  Of all the reasons given, the best case for …

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Hot Container Plantings, Coming Up!

by Susan Harris
I’ve always loved pastels in the garden, and in the spring, pinks and blues and white are everywhere.  But once summer comes and the pastels have finished their really …

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Gladys Rodriguez and the Injured Marine Cookbook

Since leaving Cuba for the U.S. 40 years ago, Gladys Rodriguez (Homestead’s human relations director) has become as American as they come – and maybe more so than some of us born here …

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Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage Starts this Weekend


The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage has been raising funds to preserve historically significant properties since 1930, and their popular Spring Tours are coming up SOON.   Click the dates and counties …

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Make Earth Day a part of planting your garden along with some new native trees.

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

 

Earth Day turns 40 today and by the looks of celebrations around the world, the entire planet is paying homage by taking environmental actions. Honoring a …

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The Wit and Wisdom of Andre Viette

By Susan Harris

The famous garden writer, nurseryman, and radio host Andre Viette delivered a whopping dose of his gardening “tips” to Homestead customers over the weekend and your intrepid …

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Welcome, Severna Parkians!

By Susan Harris

Have you visited Homestead’s second-only location yet?  It’s at 522 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park, and when I visited yesterday it was packed. So as Homestead’s humble blogger can …

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All About Those Special Spring Salads

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

There is no telling where the salads of spring will end when you have a kitchen garden going and make use of many creative recipes. Not long …

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Tulips!

We’re in peak tulip season now, and these stunning scenes remind me to plant tulips in masses.  Or at least in dozens.


Just recently blog-readers have been talking …

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Master Topiary Artist Pearl Fryar

by Susan Harris

First, if you haven’t seen the documentary A Man Named Pearl, you’re in for a treat – even if you’re not (yet) a fan of topiary.   It’s “the inspiring story …

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Newbie Lessons about Growing Vegetables in Containers

by Susan Harris

I have a confession to make.  In decades of gardening I never grew a single vegetable or kitchen herb.  I blame this shocking omission in my gardening life on the …

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It’s That Time of Year…

To Consider Your Kitchen Garden-What Are YOU Planting?
 
 

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Finally I’m prepared and raring-to-go with growing my Kitchen Garden back to LUSH again. I’m …

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Tips for Spring Clean-up

by Gardening Coach Susan Harris

Like gardeners everywhere, I’m mulch-deep in the biggest job in the garden all year – the spring clean-up and cover-up – and like most gardenbloggers, I have my …

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Blooming Camelia, Spirea, Viburnum and More

by Susan Harris
Oh, boy.   Almost every day now there’s something new blooming.  So it’s certainly worth wandering the neighborhood with a camera – I know you’ll agree.  Here’s a  sampling from my …

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Graham Rice knows his Perennials

Graham Rice, author of the AHS Encyclopedia of Perennials
Posted by Susan Harris
Here’s Graham Rice, the British-American plant expert, after speaking at Homestead’s recent Garden Show.   (And how about all …

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Tribute to the Egg

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Isn’t Easter one of the best times of the year to give a little thought to the humble egg-the beginning of life?  From a brilliant orange …

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