Monthly Archives: November 2012

Holiday Entertaining from Homestead Gardens

 
 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

It is that time of year when one can never have enough entertaining recipes and design ideas. I know this was the biggest hit in …

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Real Family Christmas Trees, and Tips to Make them Last

First, the Tree Tips
After you’ve arrived home with your tree, make a new straight cut from its trunk, taking one inch off, and immediately place the tree in water. This will improve water …

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Everyone’s Favorite Christmas Tree Species, and a few Buying Tips

Homestead recently received over 1,000 fresh cut Christmas trees, standing from 3 to 14 feet tall.   Here are the species we carry, all favorites for this special purpose.
First are the Fraser firs, which …

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Recipes for Fun at the “Lodge”

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Charcuterie Platter
Chicken Biscuit Pot Pie   
Snazzy S’Mores

 If you have gotten through the big meal holiday, you may just need a …

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Tips for Bird-Lovers in Winter

 
Here are some winter tips for bird-lovers of the Mid-Atlantic, with thanks to the experts at the University of Maryland and other wildlife experts.
Attracting and Providing For Birds in Winter

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Photos Galore on our Pinterest Boards

Do you do Pinterest?  It’s the social photo collection site that gardeners are using for inspiration and great plant ideas.  We love it, too, so we’re happy to show off our new Pinterest …

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New Ways for a Stressless Thanksgiving

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Who couldn’t use a few new ideas to make this often frenzied holiday a bit more relaxed…a lot more healthy? First new rule of thumb …

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What to do in the Garden in November

Some timely gardening tips from the University of Maryland and our own experts.
Plant those Bulbs
If you haven’t planted your spring-blooming bulbs, like tulips, daffodils, crocus and hyacinths, do it now.

Conifers …

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Lighting Your Front Yard for the Holidays

Our Grand Illumination was magical, by all accounts.  Did you know the entire 200,000 lights were designed and installed by our own Landscape Services staff?  The same staff is available to brighten the holidays …

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Natural Holidays at Homestead Gardens

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Last year I did a post on this topic for the 2011 holidays at Homestead Gardens’ 2 stores. This year as I spent hours looking at the …

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Highlights of our Holiday Shop

Our Holiday Shop at Davidsonville is even larger this year, thanks to the store’s recent redesign that freed up lots of square footage for this big event.  Here’s some of what’s new this year and …

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What’s New at our Holiday Open House

What’s new this year at Homestead Davidonsville’s Holiday Open House? I asked holiday-show coordinator Nancy Huffman that very question and she pointed me to first to the Lodge.  Very rustic, almost naturalistic. 

 
 

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Photo Journey of the Many Farms of Marin County, CA

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
From Marin Agricultural Land Trust
“Across America, 1.3 acres of farm and ranch land are paved over every minute.  But in Marin County just …

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