Category Archives: Growing Food

Sustainable Eating


Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
At the really big “Cherish the Chesapeake Open House”, Homestead Gardens has many speakers who will convey sustainability of our region by way of …

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Come and Meet Sally Fallon of P.A. Bowen Farmstead-March 16 at Cherish the Chesapeake!



Great New Farm-Great New Local Products
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It’s Time to Plan your Vegetable Garden!

RangBatesraised beds

First in a series about growing vegetables by Lisa Winters.
If you’re like me, you’ve been salivating over the seed packets that are starting to cover the walls of the garden center. I’ve …

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Follow Lisa’s Veg-Growing through the Year


Gardeners, start your engines coz it’s time to start working on your kitchen garden for 2013 (a banner year, we hope)!  And this year we have a treat for our blog readers – our own …

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“Growing Food” Inspiration is Everywhere-Food Unites Us All


Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

‘Tis the time of year when growers and farmers have their annual gatherings since they aren’t out there tending their fields. My produce /flower catalogs are arriving …

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We wish for you a Sustainable, Open-minded, Spirited and Delicious 2013!


Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
To get balance for the new year I paid a visit to Dr. Daohe Fang (rhymes with ong), acupuncturist, who was with oncology as a young …

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Books for Veg Gardeners (and Cooks, too)


I’ve search the gardening world for favorite new veg-gardening books and have culled the list down to three highly recommended ones.  (And a similar list for books about ornamental gardening is coming next week.)  These …

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Unraveling the Mystery of the Cucumber Tendril

Cucumber Tendril

Using speeded-up videos and mechanical replications of the common cucumber tendril, researchers have learned a lot about how it works – and shown how in this very cool …

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Tomato Fest Coming and Tomatoes Are Here Now!

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Let the upcoming Tomato Festival August 22 at Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville be enough inspiration to tell you-It’s Time for all things TOMATO!

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Time to Plant Your Fall Crops

Plant Fall Crops

Now’s the time to plant these fall crops from seed:
Crop                        Plant from now until  
Endive                       August 20
Kale                            August 10
Kohlrabi                    August 10
Leaf …

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How to Grow Fruit In Our Region & Some Great Performers To Choose From

How to Grow Fruit

This month’s Golden Spades event was all about fruits, the growing of them and just a bit about cooking and eating them, because that’s the whole point, right?  Gene Sumi, Homestead’s education director (also known …

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Are you Growing Cool Weather Vegetables?

by Lisa Winters

If you missed my recent seminar on cool season vegetables, here’s a recap.

Many gardeners miss the opportunity to plant cool weather vegetables or plant them too late …

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The Kitchen Garden and Those Down and Dirty Questions

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Well now, we made it through a winter of mild temperatures and it feels grand to be heading into March with the LOCAL …

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Starting a Veg Garden this Year?

Growing our own food is the fastest-growing type of gardening in America, especially with people in their 20s and 30s, and for so many good reasons – saving money, concern for food …

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Fascinating Seed Companies of Homestead Gardens-Now is the Time!

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

Each of the smaller seed  seed companies (no selling to big box stores) started somewhere and usually with a fresh personal story. The four seed companies below …

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Cold Frames Extend the Season

A cold frame is a place to grow plants that’s enclosed with a transparent roof.  Its purpose is to  protect plants from cold weather while admitting sunlight and preventing heat escape.  Think of it as …

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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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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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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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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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