Monthly Archives: December 2011

Inspiration for the New Year’s Celebration

Holiday Inspiration

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
What would the perfect New Year’s Eve celebration be?

…intimate with time to catchup with each guest while sharing the prep (with lots of laughter, of course)?

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Winter Gardening for Gardeners of All Ages

When the holiday decorations come down and the temperatures drop, as they surely will in January and February, it’ll look pretty gloomy out our windows – no doubt about it.  But it doesn’t have to …

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Wolfgang Oehme’s Crusade to Change the American Garden

Many in the gardening world are mourning the loss of one of the world’s most famous and influential landscape architects – Maryland’s own Wolfgang Oehme.   In addition to his many stunning landscapes, …

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The Food Winners and Losers of 2011

Your Homestead Gardens food blogger avidly follows a weekly column within Food52 (a NY Times food blog) where the food news editors, Shelly and Fran, weigh in on the week’s and world’s top food news. Fran is …

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Love this Gardening Podcast!

If you’re like me, you’re suffering garden withdrawal this time of year, which is why I turn to gardening media to get me through the winter.  That means books and magazines and the …

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Annapolis Launches Habitat Campaign

Great news out of Annapolis – First Lady Katie O’Malley wants to make Annapolis friendlier for wildlife – and for the Chesapeake Bay, too.  She announced plans to get the entire city of Annapolis certified …

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An Earthy Holiday

Earthy Holiday

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
If going authentic and natural is of importance to you during this festive season, Homestead Gardens has lots to offer. The photos below show just a bit …

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Winter’s a fine time to make new borders or enlarge old ones

Winter is, hands-down, my favorite time of the year to do big projects in the garden – no sweating involved!  And really, except for those few weeks our gardens are under snow, there’s lots we …

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Great Garden and Nature Apps to Give or Ask For

Dirr’s Tree and Shrub Finder .

Probably the most popular American gardening app that isn’t free is Michael Dirr’s Tree and Shrub Finder, totally worth it at just $15. …

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Incredible Indoor Smoked Hor’s d’oeuvres for the Holidays-The Grassfed Gourmet Fires It Up!

On the Menu with Rita Calvert, The Grassfed Gourmet Fires It Up!
 

Pastured Pulled Smoked Chicken with Smoked Tiny Tomato Concasse
Smoked Lamb Rosemary Brochettes with Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce

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Best free gardening app? Maryland’s own Leafsnap!

Leaf Snap

The hottest gardening smart-phone application of 2011 is one that’s making Marylanders proud.  It’s Leafsnap, a tree-identification and databank app, and it’s the work of the University of Maryland, in collaboration with the …

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How to Care for your Holiday Greens

To keep your wreaths and swags looking their best straight through the holiday season, follow these tips:

Buy them early for the best selection and ideal freshness.  When choosing holly, look …

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Ladies Night, Jazz, Santa and Free Demonstrations

If you’re still undecided as to when you’re coming to our Davidsonville location to see the trains, the themed trees, the fresh trees and other holiday greens, here are some extra incentives to come this …

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November Real Food Menu for the Whole Gang

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

Enough already with the turkey! Let’s give it a break and get back to some real homey meatloaf made with ground beef OR bison. …

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