Monthly Archives: March 2011

Put Some Spring in your Step

By Homestead Gardens Annuals Manager, Kerry Kelley

Cold weather getting you down? Need a little something to brighten those weary winter days? We have just the thing to put a little “Spring” back in your …

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The Amazing EarthBox!

by Susan Harris
I reported in this blog story the pearls of container gardening wisdom that Gene Sumi conveyed to the Chevy Chase Garden Club recently, but there’s just one more thing.  …

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Gene talks container gardening in Chevy Chase, D.C.

by Susan Harris
Our very own gardening guru Gene Sumi hit the road recently, to talk to the Chevy Chase (DC) Garden Club about container gardening.

Gene’s Tips

Never, ever use garden …

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Cooking at Homestead Gardens’ Mediterranean Retreat

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

 

 

Finally it’s spring and the Spring Flower Show reflected the excitement of the season throughout the living flowers, bulbs, olive trees – raised edible gardens, verdant …

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Mid-March in the City

And here I appreciate the cheeriness that an assortment of daffodils brings to a front-yard bank along Dumbarton Street.   Of course, the gorgeous stone and ironwork help, too.  Posted by Susan Harris

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Edible Gardening Weekend

Edible Gardening Weekend
A celebration of homegrown herbs, vegetables and fruit

Saturday, April 16
10:00am: Growing Fruit Trees in Maryland with Terry Freed of Eastern Shore Nursery
11am-1pm: Music by Rob Levit …

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All about Mulch, and how it’s Different from Compost

by Susan Harris
It’s spring, and the local gardening email groups are abuzz with questions about mulch, especially:  What to use?  But before we get to what,  let’s look at why we mulch …

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Sumi teaching container gardening at Chevy Chase (DC) Garden Club

Nobody loves container gardening more than city-dwellers, so Homestead’s gardening teacher Gene Sumi will be visiting the Chevy Chase Garden Club this week to teach them everything he knows about it (or try to …

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EDIBLES at the Philadelphia Flower Show 2011

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

…and I don’t mean the cafe food!
I joined the Homestead Gardens deluxe bus trip which made the travel a breeze with time to relax and …

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Laurie’s cool stackable containers

by Susan Harris

Here’s Homestead’s houseplant expert Laurie Kormesser showing off a very cool new product Sunday during our Garden Show – she’s barely visible behind all the foliage.  This was just one …

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Inspiration & Ideas from the Philadelphia Flower Show

by Ann-Marie Sedor

Last week, I had the good fortune to take the Homestead Gardens tour to the Philadelphia International Flower Show. I love looking for new ideas in gardening and the show gave ample …

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Chionodoxa and Crocus for March “Bloom Day”

by Susan Harris
Garden Blogger Bloom Day happens the 15th of every month, when bloggers across North America and beyond post photos of what’s blooming for them – indoors or out.   And …

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Mike McGrath’s Organic Lawn Care Advice

by Susan Harris
Local gardening guru Mike McGrath was a big attraction at Homestead over the weekend, with his talk about growing tomatoes and another session devoted entirely to Q & A.  …

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A Spiked St Patty’s Day Menu

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

With St. Patrick’s day coming up, I decided to ask a lively Irish friend what she recommended as an alluring menu for the holiday. She like …

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Photo Tour of Mediterranean Gardens

by Susan Harris
To get us all in the mood for our Mediterranean Retreat that starts this Friday night, let’s tour some Mediterranean gardens, shall we?  Starting with two of the most …

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It’s March and there’s LOTS to do in the garden

by Susan Harris
What to do in the garden in March was the topic of Gene Sumi’s latest talk to our Golden Spades group, and as I already reported here, that …

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Fire Up Your Engines-Simple but Deluxe Brunches

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

The Recipes

Mediterranean Brunch

Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash

Southern Style Shrimp and Grits

Winter is about to fold as …

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Time to prune your roses and other summer-bloomers, and here’s how

by Susan Harris
Homestead’s Golden Spades Club (highly informal, drop-ins welcome) gathered yesterday to hear gardening guru Gene Sumi’s advice about what to do in the garden this month, and pruning is a …

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