Monthly Archives: April 2011

Gardening is Child’s Play!

Is there anything more fun for child than planting a garden from seed and watching with eager anticipation for the very first shoots to appear?

The popularity of edible gardening has taken …

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Celebrating Spring and All Things Green

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

What a week of weather to celebrate as the kitchen garden and greens sprout with curls and furls of verdant …

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Snags and brush piles are great for wildlife

by Susan Harris

“Snag”  is a  pretty funny term for something that’s so important.  It refers to partly or completely dead trees that are left standing, often with missing tips …

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I can’t stop recommending Spireas

by  Susan Harris, Garden Coach

Spring is the peak season for garden coaches.  They’re getting calls from new gardeners wanting to create their first garden and from others just looking to give their tired …

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What’s with all these ants on my Peonies?

Ants are drawn to peonies right before they bloom. For years, it was believed that the ants facilitated the blooming process by consuming the nectar and “unsealing” the buds. We now know this to be …

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Edibles Weekend Showed How To Get Cooking!

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

I have been saying for a long time and thinking even longer, that we need to get folks cooking again and understanding the food from their farmers …

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American Horticultural Society’s River Farm



by Susan Harris
I’ll use any excuse to visit River Farm, the estate on the Potomac that’s home to the American Horticultural Society, and their …

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Easter Lilies are Ready to Bloom

by Susan Harris
Behold the mighty Easter Lily, known for its huge trumpet-shaped flowers and awesome fragrance – its time is near!

Easter Lilies (Lilium longiflorum) are native to …

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Get the Kitchen Garden Kickin’ with Edibles Weekend at Homestead Gardens

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

 
 

I received a comment recently from a friend who said my posts for seasonal and local cooking transported her from the mundane to the …

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Cool new petunias straight from the grower

by Susan Harris
Petunias are as popular as ever and just getting more so, with the yearly introduction of more top-performers in more colors and combinations.  Like the two bicolor petunias you see …

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How to do spring pruning

Have you done all your spring pruning  yet?  We’re talking wisteria, roses, butterfly bush, caryopteris, late-blooming spirea and hydrangea.  Click here for our spring pruning overview with details and links to more. And for …

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Heucheras are to die for!


by Susan Harris

I’m totally besotted by the Heucheras displayed in all their glory at the Davidsonville store – 15 or so varieties of them, according to perennial buyer …

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It’s Maple Syrup Season-Right Here in Maryland

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
 

 

Making maple syrup has long been a tradition in the US and Canada, even before these areas were colonized as it began with the …

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Homestead Growers is a Bay-Friendly Place

by Susan Harris
You may have visited Homestead Growers, our 250-acre facility just down the road from our Davidsonville store – probably at Christmastime to admire the poinsettias, right? And you got to …

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Best blooms of early April – shrub and tree division

by Susan Harris
Of course I love spring-flowering bulbs – who doesn’t?  But for a really big show, nothing says late March/early April like cherry trees, right?

On a smaller scale, this time …

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The Literal Al Fresco Grilled Cheese Party- it’s truly on the grill!

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

 

I can’t stand it-one more gathering held inside due to nasty weather. Not from this corner! I’ll show you how to orchestrate that indulgent grilled cheese …

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