Monthly Archives: October 2010

Maryland Extension Hort Guru Lew Shell on Soil

by Susan Harris
Remember the lovely kitchen garden on the grounds of the Governor’s residence in Annapolis?  It’s used not just for teaching kids to grow food and, …

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Soup ‘n’ Walk at the Cylburn Arboretum

by Susan Harris

Baltimore’s Cylburn Arboretum, which I visited and posted about last month, is known for some cool events, like their Soup ‘n Walk guided tours with a …

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Are your Endless Summer Hydrangeas Underblooming? Here’s how to fix that.

Have you been disappointed by the less-than-awesome blooming of your Endless Summer hydrangeas?  The growers of this popular new line of hydrangeas have heard complaints about weak flowering and have responded with some great …

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Asters, Agastache and Anemones in Bloom for Halloween

by Susan Harris
Who says Halloween has to be all orange and black?  For gardeners, it can be just as multi-colored as spring or summer, right?  Below is an example …

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Planting Daffodils and Saving Time

by Susan Harris

I’m embarrassed to tell you how I used to plant daffodils – one at a time, all spaced about a foot apart.  Here’s what’s wrong with that approach:

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Fall Focus-Harvesting, Drying and Preserving Herbs

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

With the approach of cold weather it’s difficult to see those bountiful verdant herbs withering on the stem for a winter nap. So preserve these …

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Winter Annuals Violas and Cabbage

by Susan Harris
Ever since I saw violas displayed with cabbage and salad greens in these cool towers, I’ve wanted them in my garden.   Then Homestead’s head grower Oliver …

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White House Gardens Report

by Susan Harris
The White House opened its grounds this past weekend for thousands of visitors to its famous gardens, and your intrepid blogger was there!   I can’t believe I’d …

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Master Gardener Seed Exchange this Saturday

We’re pleased to help promote another excellent program of Anne Arundel Master Gardeners - their Second Annual Seed Exchange.

What’s a Seed Exchange? It’s fun and educational!  There will be opportunities to get the …

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Cabbage Worms on my Collards and Cabbage

by Susan Harris

Behold my crop of collards!  What’s left of them after the cabbage worms (or “loopers,” as some visitors to my garden called them) had their fill of them.

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Rocktober Fest

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Kitchen Gardener Cook

We love to have purposeful parties along the Severn River. I call my events, River Dinners, while my very hip friends, Jan …

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Grow It Eat It Summer Camp Report


by Guest Blogger Lori Ross, Anne Arundel County Master Gardener

Children today, especially in those living in urban and suburban areas, rarely have the opportunity to participate in gardening and most …

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Gotta Love the Governor’s Kitchen Garden!

by Susan Harris
I finally got to visit the locally famous veg garden at Government House, the official residence of  Maryland’s First Couple, Martin and Katie O’Malley.  It’s a wonderful …

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Farm/Garden Mezze Platter

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Kitchen Gardener Cook

‘Local Foodie’ News

From within Buy Fresh Buy Local Chesapeake and without, I have heard many of you express the need to find a …

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How Gardeners are Made

By Gene Sumi Homestead Education Coordinator

What was your first introduction to the garden?  As a youngster, did you see someone blow the fluffy white seeds from the ripe dandelion seed head …

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Congratulations to Kinder Farm Park’s Apprentice Gardeners!

by Susan Harris

Just look at those happy gardeners!  They and their parents participated in the Apprentice Gardener program at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville this past growing season.   Meeting every Wednesday …

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October Chores of the Low-Maintenance Gardener

by Susan Harris
Here’s what THIS low-maintenance gardener is doing this month in the garden, starting with grabbing some cheap-and-easy fall color in the form of mums.   From perusing photos  …

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