Monthly Archives: August 2012

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 the entire meal …

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Illustrated Guide to Shrubs on Super-Sale

We don’t call this a “blow-out” sale for nothing – the prices are irresistible, especially if, like me, you’re a big fan of shrubs for low-maintneance, high-mpact gardens.  I just wish I had the …

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Saving Summer’s Bounty

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Now that summer has given us a big blast of produce, it’s time to get serious about preserving it to have tastes of summer year ‘round. …

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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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Fun Fairy Gardens go Anywhere

Has fairy dust landed on your garden yet?  If not, get ready for an invasion because fairy gardens are all the rage these days – and not just for kids.
What are Fairy Gardens?

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More Fig Gigs


Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
If we’ve ever spent any amount of time talking, you’ll know I am fairly delirious for figs in every aspect. Last fig season …

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New-Garden Challenges, Part 2: Poor Soil

Filling up empty space may be the most obvious challenge in creating a new garden, but surely the challenge that keeps on giving the gardener headaches is bad soil.  Some sites naturally have poor …

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Tomato Fest Coming and Tomatoes Are Here Now!


Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Let the upcoming Tomato Festival August 22 at Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville be enough inspiration to tell you-It’s Time for all things TOMATO!

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Design Advice for Small Gardens

Boy, when you reveal your garden here on the web, you’d better be prepared for feedback – the honest stuff, not for the thin-skinned.  That’s what I got after I posted photos of my new …

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Challenges of a New Garden, Part 1: Empty Space

Have I mentioned that after decades in one (oversized) garden, I’m starting over in a much smaller garden?  That was actually the reason for my move.  And boy, have I been glad during this recent …

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Fiesta From the Garden to the Grill

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
This week you’ll find recipes for quick tacos, with all the ingredients cooked on the grill. The mesa flavor is more unusual for us on the Eastern …

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What a Gardener Does in August

Here are some highlights of what gardeners in our region are doing in their gardens this month, starting with the number one activity:

Watering!  But not every day.  Water less often, but deeply.   And if …

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