Monthly Archives: August 2011

Dramatic Gardens for Eastern Shore Neighbors

James van Sweden, one of the best known landscape architects in the U.S., chose the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay to build his dream home and plant his dream garden.   Naturally he applied …

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It’s time to do something about your LAWN

If your lawn doesn’t look this good (and whose does?) then don’t miss the best time to do something about it – between now and October 15 in our area.  Acting now to …

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Homestead Gardens Tomato Favorites -Take 2

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

A few more recipes came our way for staff favorites to revv us up in celebration of the tomato. Here they go!

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There was WAY more to Homestead’s Tomato Festival than I expected

Last year’s was my first Tomato Festival at Homestead, and I knew there would be cook-offs – like the Chesapeake Chili Cook-off, the Salsa Competition and the Ledo Fastest Pizza Eating Contest – all featured …

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OMG, these perennials are all half price

Yikes, I just noticed that all these perennials are 50% off – through this coming Wednesday, August 24 – as long as you’ve signed up for our Garden Club (which costs nothing).  While supplies …

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Tomato Fest with Homestead Gardens Staff Recipes

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

 

Favorite Tomato Recipes from Homestead Gardens Staff

This is great fun with a plethora of tomatoes and recipes from our tomato cronies everywhere! …

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Want more blooms in August?

My old garden’s looking pretty tired right about now, and it definitely doesn’t have enough color – besides green.  So now’s the perfect time for me to look around the  neighborhood, local …

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Two Great Guides to Sustainable Gardening

“Sustainable” is a word we’re seeing everywhere but when it comes to gardening, what the heck does it mean?  After all, our gardens aren’t totally self-sustaining; they require at least some help from us even …

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Sandwiches for Summer’s Peak Produce

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

Highlights of Summer-AL FRESCO Sandwiches

This week in Homestead Gardens seasonal culinary file you’ll find 4 mouthwatering sandwich creations I’ve designed to highlight …

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Drought-Tolerant Shrubs and Woody Groundcovers

Tired of watering?  Aren’t we all!  So it’s a good time to consider plants that need little to no supplemental watering – once they’re established.  (And what does  “once established” mean?  That …

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How much rain did YOU get?

Sure, some liquid has fallen from the sky in the last day or so, but how much actually fell on your garden?  Enough to stop worrying about your plants for even a day?  That’s a …

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The Fig Saga Continues


Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

The Fig Saga continues with more recipes for those succulent fruits. The first one was shared with us by Homestead Gardens Davidsonville nursery …

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What to do in the Garden in August

Homestead’s own guru Gene Sumi shared these tips for August with the Golden Spades group today.

It’s time for your final application of lawn weedkiller.  And don’t wait too long if you plan to …

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