Monthly Archives: September 2014

Tips for Buying Pumpkins

The cool Chesapeake breeze is starting to lower the temperatures, indicating Halloween is right around the corner. Pumpkins are now available, and they can be put to many uses – both for decorating and eating! The …

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Warmly Welcome Visitors with a Beautiful Entrance Garden

 
The front entrance of the home or business makes an important first impression on visitors. If you’ve driven the streets of Davidsonville recently, you may have noticed the front of Killarney House, a …

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Bring Herbs, House Plants and Tropicals Inside Before the Temps Drop Too Much

Your herbs, flowering plants and vines spent the summer months beautifying your outdoor deck or patio. If you want to enjoy the fresh herbs all winter long, or would like an encore performance of the …

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Take Time to Fertilize Now for a Healthy Spring Lawn

After surviving the heat and burning rays of the summer sun, your lawn is probably relishing the excellent growing conditions provided by the fall temperatures. The Chesapeake region experiences cooler temperatures and higher rainfall – …

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Veteran Compost Grows the Full Circle

 Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
What do I mean by the above title? Using redworms and microorganisms to convert organic waste into nutrient-rich humus is known as vermicomposting and the benefits of …

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Is Your Family Ready For A Dog?

 
The kids have been asking for years if they can get a pet, and now your spouse is starting to make comments, too. Is your family ready for a dog? Before bringing a …

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Look to the Seasons for What to Cook

 
Be Inspired” Seasonally with Rita Calvert
 As we remain firmly in the glow of summery September (minus the humidity), a rainbow of apples has nudged the last of the summer fruits …

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Did You Catch that Harvest Moon? + More Harvest Food

 
Be Inspired” Seasonally with Rita Calvert
September’s burst of summer glory segues brilliantly into the glorious hues of autumn. It’s such a great time of year for produce. This menu highlights produce and meat still …

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Fall is Prime Time for Planting Perennials, Shrubs and Trees

Roots are the most important feature of any plant. Whether you’re breaking up a root ball to transplant a seedling into soil in the spring months, or adding some trees and shrubs to your backyard …

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Harvest Moon Menus

Be Inspired” Seasonally with Rita Calvert
Some folklore oriented farmers I know describe the Harvest moon as the full moon which lights the way between sunset and moonrise for days in succession. What it always signifies is …

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5 tips for a longer-living pet

Pets are members of the family, which means we do whatever we can to keep them with us for as long as possible. The Homestead Gardens staff has some tips to help you extend the …

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Beginning Gardeners Series – Starting a Compost Pile

Gardeners with extra garden and kitchen waste on their hands often look to composting as a great way to reduce this waste. Plus composting at home provides them with excellent organic fertilizer to feed their …

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