Author Archives: Homestead Gardens

A Beautiful Spring Starts with Fall Bulbs


One of the easiest ways to have a gorgeous spring garden is to plant fall bulbs. They’re easy to plant, low-maintenance, and are some of the first plants to bloom in the spring, giving you …

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Back to Cool: Fall Patio Makeover

Fall Patio Makeover

The start of fall brings changing leaves and crisp, cool evenings. It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor entertaining and enjoying your patio. After a long summer, it’s also a good time for a …

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How to Preserve Your Summer and Fall Harvest

preserve harvest

It’s harvest season! For Maryland gardeners, September brings a bounty. The tomatoes, peppers, and melons that come piling in are both wonderful and overwhelming. Learning how to preserve your harvest is key to making the …

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Bring Your Houseplants in for Winter

Houseplants Winter

Houseplants are traditionally from tropical locations, so as the temperatures begin to cool, it’s important to bring houseplants indoors for the winter. Whether you’re bringing in a lemon tree you’ve had for years, or a …

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5 Tips for Fall Lawn Care

After drought, disease and heat cause your lawn stress during the summer, it needs a pick-me-up. This is especially true for family backyards, because they see a lot of foot traffic from people and pets. …

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Squeeze in Some Summer Fun Before the Kids Go Back to School

Family Summer Fun

Between camps, swim team, baseball, and more, it’s hard to cram all of the summer fun you’d like to have into a few precious weeks. There’s still time left to make some memories before you …

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10 DIY Wreaths to Get You Ready for Autumn

DIY Wreaths

Filled with holidays, family, and cool weather, autumn is a fun and festive time of year. We all look forward to donning sweaters and savoring pumpkin spice everything. We also enjoy decorating our homes with …

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What to Plant Now for a Fall Harvest

What to Plant Now for a Fall Harvest

Summer is flying by and it’s already time to start sowing crops for a fall harvest! Growing a fall garden will let you squeeze more out of your space and enjoy a second harvest. Fall …

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Fast Forward to Fall

Fall Planting Preparation

The cooler days of fall are a welcome respite after the heat of summer. What you do in your garden now can set you up for a successful fall harvest and spring season. Give your …

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Watering: How Much is Enough?

How Much Watering Is Too Much

Watering can make or break your gardening success. Too much and the plants drown. Not enough and they turn to a crisp. Here’s what you need to know about watering your plants to ensure they …

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The Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

Summertime means creek swims, epic games of fetch, and relaxing under cool shrubs — if you’re a dog. Just like humans, pets have to be careful in the heat, so it’s important to know how …

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Summer Annuals to Brighten up Your Garden

summer annuals

Don’t put away your gardening tools yet! Spring planting season may be over, but there are actually many plants that can be added to the garden later in the year. These summer annuals are perfect …

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Get Outside: Host an Outdoor Party

Outdoor Party

What better way to enjoy the backyard and garden this season than by hosting a simple summer party? Gather some friends to enjoy a few cocktails, chat, soak in the summer weather, and enjoy the …

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Beat the Heat – Summer Garden Care

beat summer heat

After spending the winter dreaming of warm weather, it’s easy to forget just how hot the summer can get. While the internet is full of tips for people looking to beat the heat, it’s important …

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Summer Refresh – Spruce Up Your Garden

Summer Refresh

Midsummer is when you really want to be outside, enjoying your garden. However, heat, rain (or lack of it), and insects can take their toll. Maybe your garden is looking a little lackluster right now. …

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Your Complete Guide to our Annual Crape Myrtle Festival

Crape Myrtle Festival

It’s that time of year again! This July 19th through 22nd, join us for our Annual Crape Myrtle Festival. This festival is all about celebrating our loyal customers and thanking you for your business. Visit …

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Celebrate July 4th with these All-American Classics


What’s Independence Day without a cook-out? To help you keep things simple this holiday, we’ve collected our favorite July 4th BBQ ideas that will hit a home run with the whole family. Celebrate Independence Day …

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Bay-Wise Gardening Tips to Preserve the Chesapeake Bay


Did you know that stormwater runoff, water that reaches the bay after a rainstorm, is actually a huge cause of ocean pollution? This water carries litter, pet waste, sediment, excess nutrients, and chemicals into the …

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The Ins and Outs of Composting

The Ins and Outs of Composting

One of the best steps you can take to improve your garden this year is composting. It allows you to turn kitchen scraps like banana peels, eggshells, garden clippings, and trimmings into valuable organic matter that improves the soil in your garden. Composting helps the environment, too!

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Some Like it Hot! Best Vegetables to Grow in the Heat

Best Vegetables to Grow in the Summer Heat

Summer may be thought of as gardening season, but for certain vegetables, midsummer is just too hot. Veggies like broccoli, spinach, and lettuce, as well as herbs such as cilantro and parsley, love the cool, …

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