Monthly Archives: September 2011

Apples Everywhere!

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

Apples everywhere lead to standby apple favorites-apple pie, apple crisp, you know. Here you’ll find a few new twists when cooking with the fall/winter favorite. …

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Try these Little-Known Edible Berries

In a recent column in the Washington Post, Joel Lerner identified some plants with edible berries that he likes to use in his residential landscape designs, and promises readers that they’ll “grow to become …

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How to create natural edging

I’m frequently asked about edging — because gardens with lawn NEED needing, but people are hesitant to invest in those plastic or metal edging devices.

And here’s what I always recommend – …

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Extraordinary Food from Thomas Jefferson’s Edible Garden

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

Following on the heels of Susan Harris’ post, Thomas Jefferson, The Gardener, a food post on Edibles From Thomas Jefferson’s …

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Plant a Moon Garden

Gene Sumi, Homestead’s Educational Coordinator, gave his popular Moon Garden talk this week to the Silver Spring Garden Club, and I’ll go out on a limb and speak for the audience – we were …

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Thomas Jefferson, the Gardener

I’ve been wondering why, in the 40+ years I’ve lived in the D.C. area, I’ve waited until this year to visit Monticello, though it’s an easy day-trip distance away.  Maybe it’s because Monticello is …

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Get Ready for the Bonfire Party

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

 

When the humidity breaks and a chill tinges the air, you have the ideal weather for a ‘bonfire soiree’. Sound like …

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Meet the Tomato Festival Winners

Hurricane Irene  may have caused a postponement, but turn-out and spirits were high and the culinary entries were deelish.

Geoff Rieff’s chili was soooo delicious, the judges and everyone else (“the people”) …

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Rick Bayless’s Chicago Garden

Chicago-based Rick Bayless is an award-winning chef-restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality who graciously invited garden bloggers visiting the city to see his home garden.  He wasn’t home but importantly for us, his gardener …

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September ‘Real Food’ Menu for the Gang

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

Squished Tuna Baguette

Green Bean Cannellini Salad with Grilled Lemon Dressing

Maple Glazed Plums with Cookie Crumbles

The end of summer finds us …

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One of Summer’s Lessons: Read the Labels!

by Gene Sumi

When giving out gardening advice, I usually tell people things that they already know.  This “preaching to the choir” is received well by most people, but there are some who become …

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Meet Perennials Manager Lisa Winters

Here’s someone you probably recognize from the Perennials Department at our Davidsonville location – it’s Lisa Winters, floor manager for that department.  The police badge next to her is a vestige of her …

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Why Is My Plant Called Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick?

by Gene Sumi

If you have this curious-looking, wonderfully whimsical shrub growing in your yard, you know how unique a landscape feature it is.  It is a deciduous shrub that grows …

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Planting the Second Season~Cool Weather Vegetables-Get Them Now!

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

With Gene Sumi, Education Coordinator, Homestead Gardens, Inc.

When I tracked down Gene Sumi to ask him about THE SECOND PLANTING, he broke …

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