Some Things You May Not Know About Valentine's Day - or Cut Flowers

The Days of Wine and Frilly Paper Valentine's Day has its origins back in the 3rd Century but for most of history it's somehow been celebrated without roses - …
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If Life Gives You Snow and Ice...

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook  Snow and Ice   One of the things I used to love about snow days was that quick faux ice cream treat. I don’t …
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How to Save Evergreens from Death by Snow

Saving Evergreens Now that the title has your attention, could someone please tell us how?
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Tomatoes Fresh from Homestead Gardens & the Stovetop Smoker

    Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook Many are the ways to prepare and extend the bounty of summer or even preserve hothouse tomatoes during …
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Visit Exotic Gardens Around the World Without Leaving Home

I don't know about you, but around about now I'm needing a fix of color, and maybe some lush foliage.  Of course I could schlep to the nearest botanic garden …
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Floral Designers' Tips for Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day One day in mid-January I stopped by Homestead's Floral Department to chat with award-winning designers Justine Marshall and Nancy …
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Valentine Soiree~Dangerously Delicious Chocolate and Coffee

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook I just bet you want to put on a spiffy event for Valentine's Day without any fuss. Be adventurous as you …
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How Cold-Hardy is Rosemary?

  One of the many mysteries of gardening is the contradictory advice we read, especially but not solely on the Internet, about plants.  It can even contradict …
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Compost Guru Frank Gouin Answers All Our Questions

  I'd heard Dr. Frank Gouin's name mentioned almost reverentially for years and wasn't about to miss his winter workshop at Homestead yesterday.    So without …
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Organic Gardening Magazine's New Editor and Make-Over

Organic  Gardening magazine is having a very good run.  Not that they're solely responsible for the upsurge in growing food and growing it organically, or in …
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What's in Your Future Harvest?

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook     Since 1994 a group of Mid-Atlantic small farmers practicing sustainable agriculture have worked together …
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Grocery Gardening: The Thrill of Victory...The Agony of Defeat

  Grocery Gardening Forty-one million U.S. households grew some of their own food in 2009, according to the Garden Writers Association. That’s 38% of U.S. …
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