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3 tips for gardening with chickens

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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… 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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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 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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Did You Catch that Harvest Moon? + More Harvest Food

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September’s burst of summer glory segues brilliantly into the glorious hues of autumn. It’s such a great time of year for produce. This menu highlights produce and meat still …

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Harvest Moon Menus

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Some folklore oriented farmers I know describe the Harvest moon as the full moon which lights the way between sunset and moonrise for days in succession. What it always signifies is …

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Celebrating Summer Holiday Food and Drink

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When I saw found this recipe on a food conglomerate, The Kitchen, I couldn’t wait for a special event to try it. Now that the …

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Planting Edibles for Fall-Your Second Harvest

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

Your second harvest: Start now, and you can double your yield this year and enjoy homegrown flavor into fall …

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Vibrant Food-In Living Color

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 Stuck in a Food Rut? EAT the Rainbow-It’s the happiest, healthiest and prettiest way to eat since it turns out cooking with all the colors of the rainbow leads to vibrant, nutritious meals. In my culinary …

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