Monthly Archives: November 2011

Winter’s the Time to Thin your Boxwoods

by Gene Sumi, Homestead’s Education Coordinator
Whether you dwarf English boxwoods are 10 years old or 100, there’s one maintenance task you can do for them annually that will keep them …

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Tips from the Gardeners of Raleigh

As much as I love public gardens, it’s private gardens that offer up the best tips for improving my own garden, and I visit them as often as possible.   Of course that means taking advantage …

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Spread the Good Word

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
A stroll through the Davidsonville destination, Homestead Gardens, always puts one in the festive spirit.
Perusing the flowers, table settings, food, decorations and the famous trains …

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What Maryland Gardeners have to be Thankful For

Like most gardeners, I’m an optimistic, forward-looking type, who’s already (almost) forgotten the horrible summer we had this year.  Remember the record number of brutally hot days?  Yeah, I’m trying to repress them, too.

So …

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Watch and count birds this winter – for fun and science!

Here’s a fun winter activity – watching birds with a purpose, through Project FeederWatch.   It’s the annual study conducted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, now in its 25th year, involving …

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Celebrating Thanksgiving with Your LOCAL Farmer

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

We’ve got pastured turkeys-Come and get em! Turkeys are a go at  $2.99 a pound. They can be ordered until Friday before and picked …

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What’s new in our Christmas Shop?

Looking jolly at our Holiday Preview Party are two familiar faces – Education Coordinator Gene Sumi and store manager Tracy Gatdula – and new one with a big holiday grin.  That’s Brain Riddle, Homestead’s new …

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How Homestead’s Trains Run On Time

Homestead’s all decked out for the holidays and the trains are running!  And if you were one of the hoards of visitors who joined us for the Holiday Preview last Friday night, you already know …

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I Feel a Honey Rush Comin’ On

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
If you have been to Homestead Gardens lately, the new goods for the holidays will excite you. Let’s get on the honey theme, there’s a …

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Homestead Landscaping – Who Knew?

It’s amazing how many people, regular customers of Homestead’s, don’t know we have a whole part of the company that designs and installs landscapes, does regular maintenance, installs holiday lights, and so on.  So here’s …

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For Late Fall and Late Winter Color, Grow Hellebores, Camellias and Pansies

For our Golden Spades event this month, Homestead’s education coordinator Gene Sumi  recommended his favorite plants for those difficult times of the year in the garden – just before winter and then late …

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A Visit to Many Rocks Farm-Kiko Goats, Mulefoot Hogs and Goat Milk Bodycare Products

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

During my second farm visit, I had one of my many talks with Jeanne Dietz-Band owner of Many Rocks Farm. Formerly a bio-tech professional, Jeanne is …

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November in the Garden

by Gene Sumi, Homestead’s Education Coordinator

November is when we really feel the presence of fall.  Leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs are seriously changing from green to yellow or other flamboyant colors in …

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