A Bittersweet End to Outdoor Gardening Season

It’s been a wet one hasn't it! Record rainfall levels and days upon days of lingering results. Since spring we have battled powdery mildew and fungus levels to …
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Bring Herbs, House Plants and Tropicals Inside

Your herbs, flowering plants and vines spent the summer months beautifying your outdoor deck or patio. If you want to enjoy the fresh herbs all winter long, or …
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Happy Belated Bloom Day!

Since practically the dawn of blogging, garden bloggers have posted photos of whatever is blooming in their garden on the 15th of each month.  This blogging …
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More Alternatives to Impatiens

First, if you haven't heard about the Downy Mildew disease threatening the common Impatiens this year, click here for a brief update.  That link also includes …
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What to Do About Downy Mildew on Impatiens

The world of horticulture is abuzz with news of the "Downy  Mildew" fungal disease that's killing the ever-popular shade annual Impatiens walleriana - that's …
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The Kitchen Garden and Those Down and Dirty Questions

    Season Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook  Well now, we made it through a winter of mild temperatures and it feels grand to be heading into March …
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For Late Fall and Winter Color, Grow Hellebores, Camellias and Pansies

For our Golden Spades event this month, Homestead's education coordinator Gene Sumi  recommended his favorite plants for those difficult times of the year in …
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For the Love of Annual Salvias

  Gardeners are putting their borders to bed for the winter and scheming about what new plants to buy next year, and the plants that are on the top of my …
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Gene's Tips for October in the Garden

On the first Tuesday of every month, Homestead's own garden guru Gene Sumi talks to our Golden Spades Club and the number one topic is always: what to do this …
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Plant a Moon Garden

  Moon Garden Gene Sumi, Homestead's Educational Coordinator, gave his popular Moon Garden talk this week to the Silver Spring Garden Club, and I'll go out on …
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Planting the Second Season~Cool Weather Vegetables-Get Them Now!

  Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook With Gene Sumi, Education Coordinator, Homestead Gardens, Inc. When I tracked down Gene Sumi to ask him …
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Kerry's Favorite Plants for Sizzling Hot Summer Containers

As promised, here's part 2 of Kerry Kelley's container gardening tips for hot weather.  Click here to see her suggestions for designing plant combinations, and …
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