Category Archives: Garden Supplies

When Gene Sumi Speaks, We Listen

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by Rita Calvert
Every year both stores of Homestead Gardens feature winter workshops to help us get charged up for planting and growing seasons and just help educate by answering many questions. Gene Sumi …

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Holiday Trees for Birds and Gardeners~Grills as Gifts + Special Bonus!

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 Homestead Gardens Inspired Holidays by Rita Calvert
Did you notice the SPECIAL BONUS? Our discount coupon for Ladies Night December 6 (in both stores) is just that! The coupon can be used in …

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How Gardeners Haul Plants, Mulch, and More

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With major spring projects coming up soon, it’s a good time to bring up the rarely mentioned but extremely common problem known to all passionate gardeners:  How to haul stuff.  And you know what stuff …

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Change comes to the Golden Spades

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 What’s New?  Double the EventsGood news for Homestead’s customers of a certain age (50 and up)!  Our monthly gatherings for talks by Education Coordinator Gene Sumi will be offered twice a month starting soon …

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New-Garden Challenges, Part 2: Poor Soil

Filling up empty space may be the most obvious challenge in creating a new garden, but surely the challenge that keeps on giving the gardener headaches is bad soil.  Some sites naturally have poor …

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My Solution to the Dilemma of Garden-Glove Storage

I once collected all my gardening gloves in one place to try to put pairs together and generally sort out the mess.  The result, photo right, included:

Stiff leather things I knew I’d …

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How to Make Pavers for your Garden


DIYers and bargain-hunters, did you know that for as little as 30 cents each you can make very cool pavers for your garden?   You might have seen expensive kits for this …

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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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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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Sumi’s Picks for Pruning Tools

by Susan Harris
Homestead’s gardening educator extraordinaire – Gene Sumi, of course – gave his famous pruning talk recently to a rapt audience, as part of our Winter Workshop series.   He …

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The Truth about Organic Gardening

by Susan Harris

These days, everyone’s promoting organic gardening and I’m on that bandwagon, too – what’s not to love?

Turns out there’s a problem with such a broad-brush approach as …

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Gifts for Gardeners – that we Really Want

by Susan Harris

You know all the Christmas gift suggestions we see in gardening magazines this time of year?  Far too often they’re new gadgets, the need for which is definitely …

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Organic Mulches for Fall

by Susan Harris
Are your beds and borders mulched and ready for winter?  Mulches do a lot to moderate soil temperature, which means preventing freeze-thaw cycles that can cause plants to heave …

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Fall feeding recommendations from the go-to guy of the fertilizer world

by Susan Harris
Back in the ’50s and ’60s my mom grew quite a collection of azaleas and rhododendrons, which she nurtured with a fertilizer especially for those acid-loving plants …

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What’s up with FreezePruf?

Posted by Susan Harris

Suddenly, blue bottles of a product called FreezePruf are showing up on the doorsteps of garden writers and on the shelves of retail garden centers.   And naturally, bloggers are …

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