Monthly Archives: May 2013

Al Fresco Fest (at least 60 people)

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
 The sun did shine, the temperature warmed to a lovely mid 70‘s, the live band (the Vinyls) was rockin’,   but did that wind ever blow! …

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Trend I Applaud: Sedums as Groundcovers

I’ve long been a fan of Sedums, but it wasn’t until I ventured beyond the tallish ‘Sedum Joy’ and its ilk and tried groundcover-height Sedums that I became an ardent fan.  In fact I’m quite …

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Easy Roses: First there were Knockouts, now come Drifts

KnockoutsYou’re probably familiar with Knockout Roses, now the hottest-selling rose in the U.S.  Because they bloom repeatedly until December here in Maryland and are incredibly resistant to fungal disease (despite our famous humidity) they’ve …

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Celebrating the Allium

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Consider the onion, the allium. The generic name Allium is the Latin word for garlic. The genus, includes the various edible onions such as …

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Inspiration and Tips from Brookside Gardens

In honor of National Public Garden Month – okay, it was just one day but why not make it longer? – I visited Maryland’s Brookside Gardens last week and found lots to drool over …

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It’s Azalea-Pruning Time

Got azaleas?  Of course you do!  (It’s for good reason that some call our region the “Azalea Belt.”)  And are your azaleas the size or shape that you want them to be?  All of them?  …

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More “Vegetable Literacy” Plus Profound Edible Quotes

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
“Growing Your Own Food is like printing you own money.”
       -by Ron Finley who describes himself as a “renegade gardener.

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24-Hour Anne Arundel GreatGive Starts at 7 pm TODAY

Start your engines!  A terrific local fund-raising campaign to benefit dozens of worthy nonprofits in our area starts at 7 pm today and ends at 7 -pm tomorrow.  This 24-hour opportunity not only raises money …

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Gardens Seen on Tour

I go on garden tours for the inspiration, for the fun of noseying through private gardens, and for photos to share with everyone NOT on the tour.  They take hours, and not everyone can devote …

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Highlight: Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison

 
 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Vegetables are the new heroes of the food world, as more and more of us try to eat healthier meals, many attempt …

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Picture Perfect Brassicas

Picture Perfect Brassicas
Call me crazy but I think I outsmarted the insects this spring. Normally, I’d be pulling cabbage loopers off my brassicas and handing them off to the chickens for a treat.

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Friday is National Public Garden Day – Free Admission

National Public Garden Day is a nice excuse to take in a public garden near you – AND a chance to get in free if there’s an admission.   Just click here to get …

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Tips on Watering

This month’s Golden Spades talk was all about watering, a topic that’s crucial to keeping our plants alive, especially with summer coming on – slowly but inevitably.  Gene Sumi told the group he LOVES

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Highlighting Spring’s Fresh Ingredients

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Highlighting Spring’s Fresh Ingredients
 Spring ingredients are in the culinary picture-front and center. I was just reading an article about chefs who are …

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May To-Do in my Garden

Wow, it’s finally happening – spring in the Mid-Atlantic – and there’s lots to do in the garden. (Also, lots to see in other people’s gardens – hope you’re going on some spring garden tours.)  …

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