Category Archives: For Fun

Santa Paws-More, More, More!

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Homestead Gardens Inspired Holidays by Rita Calvert
It’s not just Friday evening for our event of Santa giving a big ol’ lap to your favorite critter, not just a brand new …

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The Story of a Living Christmas Tree

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My recent post about decorating with fresh greens brought back memories of one special Christmas. 
My father was a very practical man. He had no use for things that didn’t …

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Holiday Gems-Our Pets

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Homestead Gardens Inspired Holidays by Rita Calvert
For the holidays, Homestead Gardens has “stores within the store”-full of ideas and inspiration. In this post we are spending time at Pete’s Pets. Although we know …

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Under the Sea and In the Deep

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Homestead Gardens Inspired Holidays by Rita Calvert
Now you are seeing from the tour of our Holiday Trees that there’s a story around every corner; up and down, over and below.

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A Slice of Idaho-Trailing of the Sheep Festival

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
When I got the invitation to see the 150 year old Idaho festival, Trailing of the Sheep, it was a no brainer. Off I …

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Food Link-Anne Arundel County’s Very Critical Resource Celebrates at Homestead Gardens

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 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Homestead Gardens has graciously invited Food Link to common’ back and hold their only fundraising event  at the Davidsonville store this Saturday eve as the Fall Fest kicks …

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Valentine’s Day Small Bites-Verrines!

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Shower your loved one with a snazzy idea of French origin-perfect for Valentine Day. How about a verrine? This word comes from verre, or …

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Recipes for Fun at the “Lodge”

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Charcuterie Platter
Chicken Biscuit Pot Pie   
Snazzy S’Mores

 If you have gotten through the big meal holiday, you may just need a …

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Natural Holidays at Homestead Gardens

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Last year I did a post on this topic for the 2011 holidays at Homestead Gardens’ 2 stores. This year as I spent hours looking at the …

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Great Halloween Ideas

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
I spent many years asking what was the big idea about Halloween? Now as decorations, events, costuming, food seem to go completely bonkers, I realize …

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Artisan Beers & Recipes for Homestead Gardens Beer Festival

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Although wrapping up summer can be sad for many, fall has lots to offer. Aside from all the fabulous local produce still coming in abundance, we …

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Fun Fairy Gardens go Anywhere

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Has fairy dust landed on your garden yet?  If not, get ready for an invasion because fairy gardens are all the rage these days – and not just for kids.
What are Fairy Gardens?

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Homestead Gardens Spring Open House for Green Drinks

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
From Annapolis Green’s The Line: “Homestead welcomed us to its Spring Open House, and it was full of beautiful flowers. Thank you to Tim Hamilton, CEO Brian …

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Best free gardening app? Maryland’s own Leafsnap!

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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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Harvest Food for that Spooky Time of Year!

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

We’re just rolling through the fall harvest season and bumping smack dab into Halloween while getting fired up by Homestead Gardens Fall Festival. …

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Garden ornaments are cool – and they don’t need watering

Gardening in summer heat and drought isn’t much fun – there, I said it!  It’s all-watering-all-the-time, and no new growth to enjoy.  So it’s times like now (and also in the dead of winter) that …

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Creekside Dinner and the Hit of the Party

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

For a casual dinner gathering in the full swing of summer, I finally got to create again with my very dear and longtime friends, …

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About Kate’s bouquet, and Prince Charles’s campaign for sustainable farming

A recent visitor to my garden stopped and gasped when she saw a mass of Solomon’s seal, declaring it to be the very plant that Kate Middleton carried with her down the …

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Gardening is Child’s Play!

Is there anything more fun for child than planting a garden from seed and watching with eager anticipation for the very first shoots to appear?

The popularity of edible gardening has taken …

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Scanner Art for the Frustrated Winter Gardener

They’re taking the gardenblogging world by storm!  They’re artworks that capture flowers and other plant parts, but without using a camera.  They’re created by placing the materials directly on the flatbed of a printer, covering …

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