Category Archives: News

Homestead Gardens – What should I do with my tree after the holidays?

After the holiday season is over, it’s time to start cleaning up from the festivities. For most, that means taking down the Christmas tree. But what are you supposed to do with it once you …

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Homestead Garden – Prepping your patio for winter

Colder weather is moving in, which means it’s time to start thinking about patio furniture storage. Before you start clearing the space, take a few minutes to go in with a plan. As you do, …

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Homestead Gardens – Useful living gifts: Herbs

Finding the right holiday gifts for everyone on your list can be a challenge. This holiday season, don’t fret! Instead, give the gift of life with indoor herb gardens. There are plenty of reasons why …

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Homestead Gardens – DIY your corsage or boutonniere for Homecoming

Whether you’re ready or not, homecoming is right around the corner. While you’re picking out your dress or tuxedo, don’t forget about the corsage. Sure, you could order one from your local flower shop, but …

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Fall is for Planting: Homestead’s Fall Checklist

Shovel ready for planting

Homestead Garden’s Fall Checklist
As the leaves begin to change with the season and cool, crisp breezes bring way to football games and bonfires you know that fall is here.
This season is …

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3 tips for gardening with chickens

photo of chickens

Many people assume chickens are only good for laying eggs and raising meat, but they actually bring so much more to the table! Chickens are a beneficial addition to any garden because they help fertilize soil, …

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Should I plant a weeping willow tree?

The mysterious nature of weeping willows has inspired poetry, art and song for centuries. Its graceful, flowing branches help to create a calmer environment, one that instantly puts you at ease. While the world is home …

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Why gardening is good for your health

 
If you’re an avid gardener or just have a few vegetables you plant each summer, you’re most likely aware that gardening is a great form of moderate exercise. After all, just 30 minutes of pulling weeds …

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After you move, get to know your new landscaping

After moving to a new city, most people like to spend time getting to know their new community. They might spend a day walking around the neighborhood, checking out the nearby shops and restaurants, who the locals …

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The Zika virus scare: 5 steps you can take to control mosquitoes and prevent bites in your backyard

The Zika virus has already affected more than 1 million people in Central and South America, and now there’s cause for concern about the deadly disease coming to the U.S. While outbreaks in …

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How to store leftover seeds for next year's garden season

You’ve finished planting your vegetables, fruit and flowers, but now you’re left with extra seeds and are not quite sure what to do with them. Do you just throw the seeds away, or can you …

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Grow a garden oasis for pollinators with these 4 tips

Most people view bees as just a nuisance and wish to get rid of them, but as a gardener, you understand just how beneficial these insects truly are. Like butterflies and hummingbirds, bees are pollinators …

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5 tips to take care of your horse this winter

Chilly winter weather means bundling up and staying indoors longer for us humans. But what does it mean for your horse? Proper winter care is essential for the health of any horse. Many horse owners, …

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New Year’s Resolution: Healthy Eating for All (so)…Go for the Garden!

 
Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
The holidays are receding from view, and the excitement of the new year is brimming with healthy options for your eating and growing pleasure. Here …

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Take a Walk Through our Enchanted Winter Woods

 

Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
… With Over Thirty Themed Trees and The Illustrious Annual Hand-Painted Annapolis Ornament! 
We invite you to celebrate the unveiling of this year’s spectacular holiday displays …

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Bundle Up Your Garden

 

Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
After the winter of 2013-2014, many of us want to be more vigilant to protect our precious trees and perennials from the big chill. For me, …

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All Things Pumpkin

 
 
Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
Last week at my pumpkin demo during Homestead Garden’s Fall Fest, I promised all of the tasters I would give the recipes this …

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Cook It, Color It Pumpkin-even the Seeds!

 

Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
While we are still weeks away from full fall color in nature, a definite undertone of yellow and bronze, red and maroon is creeping over the …

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Veteran Compost Grows the Full Circle

 Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
What do I mean by the above title? Using redworms and microorganisms to convert organic waste into nutrient-rich humus is known as vermicomposting and the benefits of …

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Look to the Seasons for What to Cook

 
Be Inspired” Seasonally with Rita Calvert
 As we remain firmly in the glow of summery September (minus the humidity), a rainbow of apples has nudged the last of the summer fruits …

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