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The Howard County Iron Chef Challenge

Howard County Iron Chef


Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Lucky for me, I had the honor to again judge the Annual Howard County Iron Chef Challenge. Lucky, because the entire meal …

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New-Garden Challenges Part 3: Screening

In reporting my progress in beginning a brand new garden, I’ve covered the challenge of having so much empty space to fill, the challenge of poor soil, and now we come to the …

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Crape Myrtle Festival Time!

Join us this weekend for some great summer festivities – garden talk by experts, great music, and spending your Myrtle Money*.

Saturday, July 21

10:00 a.m.: The Cold-Hardy Garden (Davidsonville store)
Local expert Allen …

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How to Water – a Hot Topic for Summer

How to Water

These last two days brought our first real summer temperatures of the season, and suddenly I’m noticing plants wilting everywhere.  Especially newly planted ones, which need coddling their whole first summer.  Seems that humans aren’t …

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Owls are a Hit at Spring Open House

Who can resist these guys?  Not just owls, either.  Also something called a raptor called the American Kestrel, shown below.

To learn more, click the bird name: Eastern Screen Owl  or American Kestrel 

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Appreciating Grasses in Winter

Last week I showed my appreciation for hollies in winter.  This week it’s ornamental grasses that are catching my eye, especially this rooftop garden dominated by grasses.  I found it at the Sheraton Hotel …

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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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Incredible Indoor Smoked Hor’s d’oeuvres for the Holidays-The Grassfed Gourmet Fires It Up!

On the Menu with Rita Calvert, The Grassfed Gourmet Fires It Up!
 

Pastured Pulled Smoked Chicken with Smoked Tiny Tomato Concasse
Smoked Lamb Rosemary Brochettes with Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce

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November Real Food Menu for the Whole Gang

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

Enough already with the turkey! Let’s give it a break and get back to some real homey meatloaf made with ground beef OR bison. …

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Winter’s the Time to Thin your Boxwoods

by Gene Sumi, Homestead’s Education Coordinator
Whether you dwarf English boxwoods are 10 years old or 100, there’s one maintenance task you can do for them annually that will keep them …

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Greenspire Euonymus

Homestead Growers Special
Greenspire Euonymus in 3 gallon pots:
50% Off : $14.99 (reg. $29.99)

This dense, evergreen shrub has a lovely, elegant upright growth habit that makes an attractive year-round green hedge …

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A Garden for Butterflies

Written by: Ann-Marie Sedor | Photos by: Melanie McCabe

With their brightly-hued fluttering wings, butterflies provide a beautiful dimension of movement, color and life to any garden.

As advanced insects, butterflies …

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Moonlight Gardening

Written by: Tim Hamilton | Photography by: Melanie McCabe

Are you someone who rises before the sun to join the long string of headlights along the highway and then wind your …

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Heat-Loving Perennials

Written by : Ann-Marie Sedor | Photography by:  Melanie McCabe

Like people, many favorite plants wither and fade during the dog days of summer. But fear not, some perennials actually embrace …

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Living the Lush Life

Written by: Ann-Marie Sedor | Photos by: Melanie McCabe

Houseplants are often relegated to wallflower status as simple flushes of greenery that fill empty corners of our indoor living areas. But …

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Flying Jewels

Written by: Ann-Marie Sedor | Photos by: Melanie McCabe

The blink-and-you-might-miss-them qualities of hummingbirds are also their most endearing. These tiny, energetic birds are a visual pleasure in the garden, made …

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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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Cooking at Homestead Gardens’ Mediterranean Retreat

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

 

 

Finally it’s spring and the Spring Flower Show reflected the excitement of the season throughout the living flowers, bulbs, olive trees – raised edible gardens, verdant …

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EDIBLES at the Philadelphia Flower Show 2011

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

…and I don’t mean the cafe food!
I joined the Homestead Gardens deluxe bus trip which made the travel a breeze with time to relax and …

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Fire Up Your Engines-Simple but Deluxe Brunches

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

The Recipes

Mediterranean Brunch

Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash

Southern Style Shrimp and Grits

Winter is about to fold as …

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