Author Archives: Heather Wheatley

From Garden to Table: Salad Gardens

spring summer salad garden

Salads fresh from the garden are one of the highlights of spring and summer. No grocery store vegetable will ever match the flavor of a vegetable you’ve tended yourself. Growing your own salad is easier than you think! 

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7 Plants Native to Maryland

native Maryland plants

Why “grow native?” Native plants have evolved with a region’s climate and unique features for thousands of years. This makes them especially well-suited to growing and thriving within their respective climates.

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How to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden


When you think about pollinators, honeybees are probably first to come to mind. However, bees aren’t the only pollinators. Other important pollinator species include hummingbirds, butterflies, hoverflies, soldier beetles, moths, and more.

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Planting a Cut Flower Garden

plant cut flower garden

A bouquet of flowers is a wonderful way to freshen up any room and make it feel warm and inviting. But don’t just take our word for it.

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5 Exotic Flower Varieties

exotic flower varieties

When you think of flower gardens your mind probably jumps to familiar, favorite plants such as the roses your grandmother always grew, or daffodils and peonies you see popping up next to farmhouse driveways across …

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A Letter to the Community

Gardening Tools and Flowers on the Terrace in the Garden

To all the valued customers of Homestead Gardens,
I am writing to give you an update on what’s happening at Homestead Gardens’ Davidsonville location this March.

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Little Luxuries: Ideas to Make the Most of Your Small Porch

little luxury small porch

Scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest can leave you with some serious envy for those huge wrap-around farmhouse porches and sprawling pergola covered patios. The reality of owning a cozy porch, patio, or balcony can feel …

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 5 Mistakes Every New Gardener Makes

New Gardener

 Taking on a new project can be both exciting and frustrating. Sometimes everything will go smoothly the first time you try something but more often than not people make a few beginners mistakes. If you’re …

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What Type of Pot Should I Put My Houseplant In?

Houseplants Pots

You may think all you need to know about choosing plant pots is what they’ll look like with your decor but a pot is actually very important to your plant’s health. Use these tips to select a pot that’s right for you and your plant.

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Caring for Houseplants in Winter

winter houseplant care

A home filled with flourishing houseplants can be especially comforting during the winter months when the weather outside is dreary and night comes early.

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Indoor Seed Starting

Indoor Seed Starting

Starting your own seeds this year can help you save money and have access to a larger variety of plants. It can also be an excellent way to help young children learn about and connect …

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A Bittersweet End to the 2018 Outdoor Gardening Season

It’s been a wet one hasn’t it! Record rainfall levels and days upon days of lingering results. Since spring we have battled powdery mildew and fungus levels to beat the band, phytophthora …

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What a difference a degree makes in October

October in Maryland is a gorgeous month. Brisk morning air with broad sun throughout the day and cooler, sooner nightfall. In my humble opinion, there is no better place to experience the true transitions of …

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Fall is for Planting – Don’t Forget Bulbs


Warm soil + cool air = happy plants  
Just about everyone prefers moderate temperatures to summer’s scorching and humid heat of zone 7. That’s true for plants too. Fall is the only time …

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Ornamental Grasses – A Bold and Romantic Garden Look

We live in the home state of the original ornamental grass movement from the 1960’s. Fifty years ago, right here in Maryland, Kurt Bluemel and Wolfgang Oheme introduced and designed with the first ornamental grasses …

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