Category Archives: Growing Food

Most Popular Gardening Topics of 2013

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It’s the year with 365 brand new days to fill! Bet you never thought of it that way before. You chose if you want the day half (or completely) full or half empty. …

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Get ‘Em While They’re Hot…Fall Vegetable Transplants are In!

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
As summer draws to a close, gardens everywhere can morph into a tapestry of delicious greens, from tender lettuce to frost-proof spinach, with a …

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The Sustainable Cabin Creek Heritage Farm in our Backyard

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
The mud-splattered all-terrain vehicle (ATV) bobbed along the forest path, down the hill, around the bend and finally came to a stop as the curious “Woodland …

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Chili Peppers and Bell Peppers Aplenty

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
The brilliant colors draw the eye, the dazzling hues mesmerize, the enticing aroma present some of the garden’s biggest flavors…now at the height of the season. .

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Seed Saving From Your Kitchen Garden

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Novice Guide to Seed Saving
 As your summer fruits and vegetables get plump-ready to pluck, it’s time to learn about saving those seeds. The tradition …

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Let the Garden Tell You What to Eat…And How to Be a Creative Leader

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Summer squash is what most gardeners and farmers in the region are finding in abundance this time of year. That’s the produce focus  this week. Grill, roast, …

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Front Yard Follow-Up

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You may recall I paid a visit to Jane and her twin boys as they planted a vegetable garden in the front of their house.  I recently checked …

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Cocktails from (or in) the Garden

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The latest issue of Homestead Gardens Inspirations magazine is naturally one of my favorites because it features my co-blogger Rita Calvert on “Pizza on the  Grill” and I was there, too, with “Less Lawn, More …

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Celebrating the Allium

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Consider the onion, the allium. The generic name Allium is the Latin word for garlic. The genus, includes the various edible onions such as …

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More “Vegetable Literacy” Plus Profound Edible Quotes

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
“Growing Your Own Food is like printing you own money.”
       -by Ron Finley who describes himself as a “renegade gardener.

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Highlight: Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Vegetables are the new heroes of the food world, as more and more of us try to eat healthier meals, many attempt …

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Picture Perfect Brassicas

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Call me crazy but I think I outsmarted the insects this spring. Normally, I’d be pulling cabbage loopers off my brassicas and handing them off to the chickens for a treat.

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Garden to Glass Continues

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
More recipes with those bright green herbs and produce for your drinks-with or without alcohol. Rum, vodka or even tequila will work with the Honey …

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“Garden To Glass”-Herb and Produce Loaded Drinks

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 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
The sun highlights the gently blowing leaves of tender young herbs in the verdant landscape soon to be graced with fruits and vegetables of …

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Vegetables in the Front Yard

The local food movement is sweeping the nation. Support for Farmer’s Markets and Community Supported Agriculture have reconnected people with their food and their farmers. Many have been inspired to take the next step and …

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Growing Those Tomatoes in Containers

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Tomatoes are the cornerstone for my kitchen garden and perhaps for most folks because the just-picked vibrant hue and aroma is incomparable. Now we …

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Sustainable Eating

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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!

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Great New Farm-Great New Local Products
Posted in Food FeaturesLocal Food

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It’s Time to Plan your Vegetable Garden!

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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

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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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