Monthly Archives: July 2010

Heat-Loving Perennials – Some Favorites

by Susan Harris
With the hottest July on record just ending, it’s a fine time to talk about perennials that thrive in brutally hot summers, and Homestead’s brand …

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Garden-Hip Condiments +Buy Fresh Buy Local Chesapeake

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has taken over our BUY FRESH BUY LOCAL CHESAPEAKE chapter and we are thrilled to get the word out about how farming and our local food affects water quality.We are …

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“The Kids are All Right” is a Gardening Movie – Who Knew?

by Susan Harris
By now I bet you’ve heard something about the new Annette Benning- Julianne Moore-Mark Ruffalo movie called The Kids are All Right, at least enough to know it’s …

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Mid-Summer Container Update

by Susan Harris

Readers may remember when Homestead’s Kerry Kelley selected plants for my containers, after which I dutifully followed her instructions?  Well, it’s time for my promised update on how they’re faring.  …

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Scenes from the Davidsonville Botanic Garden

by Susan Harris
Readers know this blog isn’t all “Hey, isn’t Homestead great!!” – because we know that’s not what you want.  That’s marketing, not blogging.  But strolling through the store the other day …

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Some of Maryland’s Finest ‘Local’ Recipes-2010

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Kitchen Gardener Cook 

Governor’s Buy Local Challenge 

Governor Martin O’Malley’s cookout at the Governor’s Mansion kicking off “Buy Local” week was the big happening last week. The cookout …

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Sumi on Surviving this Horrible Summer

by Susan Harris

This is NOT a normal summer, Gene Sumi told shoppers during Homestead’s Myrtle Festival – in the middle of the longest hot spell in anyone’s memory.  It all started …

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Oliver Storm, the Alpine Horticulturalist and Surfer Dude

by Susan Harris
This is the Oliver Storm you’ll meet if you visit Homestead Growers , just down the road from our Davidsonville store.  It’s exactly where you’d expect to find someone …

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Professor Sumi in his Laboratory

by Susan Harris

It took having a really sick-looking shrub for me to see Homestead Education Coordinator Gene Sumi jump into research-scientist mode, and it was kinda fun – almost worth …

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So Much Summer Squash

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Kitchen Gardener Cook  

 

Yes, the Crape Myrtle Festival is upon us and I’ll be there chatting and grilling with great ideas for that summer produce.  

Lest We Forget  

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Japanese Beetle or Green June Bug?

By Gene Sumi Homestead Education Coordinator
It is now mid-July and I am looking for Japanese beetles in the usual places.  But what is this?  It appears to be a Japanese beetle, …

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Crapemyrtle Festival Chockful of Free Events

Join us this weekend during our Myrtle Festival for music, talks, workshops, and a chance to spend your hard-earned Myrtle Money.  (And new this year – you can even use discount “money” from any …

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Planning Ahead for Your Fall Vegetable Garden

By Gene Sumi Homestead Education Coordinator

Now that the summer crops are truly ready for harvesting, you may find it odd that I am advocating planning now for your fall vegetable garden.  Yes, there is …

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This Gardener got Design Help – but only for the Shrubs

by Gardening Coach Susan Harris

Readers, observe the foundation plantings in the Calvert County garden of writer Robin Ripley – they illustrate a clever and focused use of professional help in the …

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From the Garden/Farm to the Grill

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Kitchen Gardener Cook


Grilled veggies–everyone finds pleasure in lightly smoky, caramelized vegetables. Numerous varieties – squash, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, eggplant and fennel, to name a …

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What I’m Doing in the Garden, July Edition

by Gardening Coach Susan Harris

More Pruning and Hacking Back
First, I have to confess that this photo shows how my garden looked last month.  Those astilbes have turned crispy, so I …

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How to divide Spiderworts – and lots of other perennials

by Susan Harris

The violet flowers were no more, the foliage was looking ratty, and it was time to prune these Spiderworts (Tradescantia virginiana) and prune ‘em hard.    With any luck, they’ll grow …

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The Succulent Peach

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Kitchen Gardener Cook 

 
The other day I was putzing in my kitchen garden when a neighbor plus dog made their daily turn. The comment was that my …

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