Monthly Archives: July 2013

Discovering Country Gardens Magazine

I recently spent time getting to know some garden magazine editors, and made quite a discovery – Country Gardens Magazine.  One of the many publications put out by the Better Homes and Gardens company, …

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How to Turn Garden Chores into Entertainment Time!

This time of year, gardening is pretty mindless stuff, like weeding and watering.  Those are jobs that require very little attention, and zero creativity, so I say why not use the time to entertainment myself …

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Gussied-Up Grilled Eggplant

 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
Have you been getting the eggplant in the height of the season and noticing how great they taste compared to those other times of the year? …

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Crapemyrtles 101 with Gene Sumi

Our recent Crapemyrtle Festival featured a great talk on – naturally! – crapemyrtles.  Here were the highlights, and don’t miss Gene’s special instructions on pruning!
First, to qualify Gene on this subject – as …

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Staff Tips on Surviving a Heat Wave

Don’t we all wonder how people who work outdoors can STAND it when the weather’s as brutally hot and humid as it was last week?  I sure do, so I stopped to ask a few …

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Seed Saving From Your Kitchen Garden

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Novice Guide to Seed Saving
 As your summer fruits and vegetables get plump-ready to pluck, it’s time to learn about saving those seeds. The tradition …

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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 “meme” is called the Garden Blogger Bloom Day and …

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Seeing Winterthur in Summer

The Winterthur Garden and Museum in Wilmington, DE is an easy day-trip from me in the DC area, but I’d never seen it until last month.  The reason?  I thought it was just for …

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Let the Garden Tell You What to Eat…And How to Be a Creative Leader

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Summer squash is what most gardeners and farmers in the region are finding in abundance this time of year. That’s the produce focus  this week. Grill, roast, …

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Front Yard Follow-Up

Proud Papa

You may recall I paid a visit to Jane and her twin boys as they planted a vegetable garden in the front of their house.  I recently checked …

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Cocktails from (or in) the Garden

The latest issue of Homestead Gardens Inspirations magazine is naturally one of my favorites because it features my co-blogger Rita Calvert on “Pizza on the  Grill” and I was there, too, with “Less Lawn, More …

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Keep Your Chickens Cool

Tootsie

High heat is dangerous for chickens. As their caretakers, we need to take precautions just as we would for any other pet, especially in temperatures over 85 degrees F. Heat stress, heat stroke and death …

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Plant of the Month: Black-Eyed Susans

What’s not to love about Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckias), Maryland’s state flower?  Their blooms are beautiful and last for months – from late June through September.  The photo below was taken in Wheaton, MD on September …

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Stone Fruits in the Height of the Season

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Stone fruits—peaches, apricots, cherries, nectarines, and plums—are some of the great mouth-watering joys of summer.  They are packed with phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals plus …

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Trends from the Left Coast

Following the convention of looking to California as the maker of all trends, let’s review a few that I spotted on my recent trip to San Francisco, starting with parklets.
Above you see one …

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My Gardening Chores for July

Watering This unusually rainy spring and early summer probably won’t last all season, so I know I’ll be doing plenty of watering this month. That’s especially true for everything in containers (except for succulents), and …

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