The Howard County Iron Chef Challenge

  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 …
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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 …
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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*.
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How to Water - a Hot Topic for Summer

These last two days brought our first real summer temperatures of the season, and suddenly I'm noticing plants wilting everywhere.  Especially newly planted …
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Owls are a Hit at Spring Open House

Owls Are a Hoot Who can resist these guys?  Not just owls, either.  Also something called a raptor called the American Kestrel, shown below.
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Appreciating Grasses in Winter

Appreciating Grasses Last week I showed my appreciation for hollies in winter.  This week it's ornamental grasses that are catching my eye, especially 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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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Heat-Loving Perennials

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