Author Archives: Rachel Edler

Hold your horses: What you
should know before buying a horse

 
Horse ownership is no joke. The beautiful animals need proper care, exercise and attention. In addition to access to land and stables, horses also require a lot of financial commitment. Before you even …

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The best summer day trips
in the Chesapeake Bay region

 
Get on the road this summer and journey to some of the best places the Chesapeake Bay region has to offer. Our two Homestead Gardens locations are just a short drive …

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Beginning Gardeners Series: Easy Plants to Grow

 
A Beginner’s Guide to GardeningTopic #3: Easy Plants to Grow in the Chesapeake Bay Region
Welcome back to Homestead Gardens Beginner’s Guide to Gardening. In this installment we’ll discuss some of the …

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The Story of a Living Christmas Tree

My recent post about decorating with fresh greens brought back memories of one special Christmas. 
My father was a very practical man. He had no use for things that didn’t …

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Decorating with Fresh Greenery

Decorating the house with fresh greenery is one of the oldest winter holiday traditions. Evergreens have been a part of winter festivals since ancient times. Greenery such as cedar, pine and holly add a fresh look …

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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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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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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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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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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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Late Blight on tomato plants

Late blight of tomato plants has recently been confirmed in a commercial field in Montgomery County, MD.
Late blight is a potentially destructive disease of tomatoes (and potatoes) caused by the fungal disease, Phytophthora …

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Plant of the Month – Hydrangeas!

Who doesn’t love hydrangeas?  Especially in late June, when most types are strutting their stuff.  So, lots to see and comment on, starting with the Oakleaf hydrangeas seen above and below.

Oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) …

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Resources and Inspiration for Miniature Gardens

Call them fairy gardens or more broadly, miniature gardens, but everyone agrees it’s a trend on the rise.  It combines the joy of gardening with the magic of miniatures and it’s not just for kids! 

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