Monthly Archives: September 2010

Farm Menu for Early Fall

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Kitchen Gardener Cook

As the days shorten and we get to the finale of the summer/early fall harvest, celebrate with a menu designed to highlight that last glimmer of …

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Rain is Great but Walking on Wet Soil is NOT

By Gene Sumi  Homestead Education Coordinator    

We all rejoice as gardeners when the rains finally come and break the heat and the drought.  But do not get too anxious to get out in the garden …

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A Magical Hillside Garden, Right in Baltimore

by Susan Harris
Some people get bored in retirement; others put off retirement because they fear that fate.   But for well-known Baltimore gardening fanatic Nell Strachan, retirement from the practice of …

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The Hunt for Bambi-Beating Bulbs

by Susan Harris
No, I won’t be beating Bambi over the head with a bag of daffodils but the bulbs I’m planting need to survive the foraging of hungry …

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How to become a better gardener

By Gene Sumi  Homestead Education Coordinator    
The real expertise in any given field of study is not gained just from the knowledge learned from formal education, but by applying that knowledge in the real world …

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Baltimore’s Cylburn Arboretum in September

by Susan Harris

Finally, I visited Baltimore’s largest garden, the  Cylburn Arboretum , and was treated to a tour by head gardener Jennifer Forrence and board member Nell Stratchan (Nell’s also on …

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Clean Water, Clean Agriculture, Clean Food

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Kitchen Gardener Cook

Marcy Damon, Grassroots Restoration Coordinator & Buy Fresh Buy Local Chesapeake Coordinator-Chesapeake Bay Foundation, had a rewarding experience at our Buy Fresh Buy Local …

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It’s Showtime for Ornamental Grasses

by Susan Harris
Just look at them, in their September glory.  And remember they move, too.  Here are some grassy scenes from the personal garden of Mr. Ornamental Grass Himself, …

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Fall feeding recommendations from the go-to guy of the fertilizer world

by Susan Harris
Back in the ’50s and ’60s my mom grew quite a collection of azaleas and rhododendrons, which she nurtured with a fertilizer especially for those acid-loving plants …

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Free “Gardening for Wildlife” at Accokeek, Tuesday at 6:30

by Susan Harris

From the Accokeek Foundation comes a talk about wildlife gardening that sounds particularly interesting – because of the speaker.
Ann Bodling has been involved in conservation …

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Veggies for the Fall

 

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Kitchen Gardener Cook 

In Second Shift – Cool-Weather Planting, Charlotte Kidd tells about her summer plants giving their last effort as she readies for cooler temperatures and …

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Honey Harvest Festival, Anyone?


by Susan Harris
It’s time for the Annual Maryland Honey Harvest Festival!

WHEN:  Saturday, September 18, 10 am to 4 pm

WHERE:  Patuxent Research Refuge

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Hear Erica Glasener at the Cylburn Tuesday Night

by Susan Harris
If you’ve ever watched Home and Garden Television I bet you were a fan of Erica Glasener‘s show “A Gardener’s Diary”.   I loved it, and …

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‘Hand Food’ Farm Picnic

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Kitchen Gardener Cook

 

Thai Cashew Coconut Dip w/ Farm “Dippers”

Asian Cabbage  Wraps

Asian Cole Slaw

Seasonal Pears, Nectarines, Plums with Lavender Lemon Curd

We’re coordinating …

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Summer’s Most Visible Garden Fungi

By Gene Sumi  Homestead Education Coordinator    

During the summer in Maryland, many anxious gardeners are discovering examples of fungi growing in their lawns and gardens and then bringing them to me for diagnosis.  Gardeners are concerned that …

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Now’s the time to correct soil compaction under your lawn

By Gene Sumi Homestead Education Coordinator
If your lawn looks barren of turf and the only green plants that are thriving are the weeds, your soil may be seriously compacted.  Compaction will appear as …

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September Garden Chores – What I’m Really Doing


by Susan Harris

Edibles
Finally, I can rip out the remains of my truly sad crop of summer vegetables (or technically fruit – whatever) and try my …

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Growing Lemons and Limes in Containers

By Gene Sumi Homestead Education Coordinator

Lemons and limes are among the best plants to grow in containers.  These tropical trees/shrubs are also unusually attractive to more than one of our senses.  The deep-green …

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A Maryland Winery Lends a Recipe for Labor Day

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Kitchen Gardener Cook

This and That

That ol’ Tomato Festival was bumper-to-bumper folks for most of the day. There wasn’t even budge space within the Chile Cook Off. Whats …

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Yes we can Grow Citrus Fruit in Maryland

by Susan Harris
It’s not just vegetables that everyone wants to grow these days – it’s fruit, too.  Some are hardy enough to leave in the ground and some need …

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