8 Items You Can Provide to Keep Your Chickens Happy

keep your chickens happy

It’s exciting to see more and more families choosing to raise backyard chickens. Chickens are a great way to get your family involved in producing your own food because they’re easy to care for and …

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5 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Patio

add patio privacy

If you live in an apartment or even just a well-populated neighborhood having privacy in your outdoor space can be tough. While many enjoy their neighbors’ company for backyard cookouts, no one wants to feel …

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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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10 Herbs & Vegetables You Can Grow On Your Patio

Herb and Vegetables, Organic Food

Growing your own food can be a great way to enjoy fresh flavor without a big budget. Even if you only have a small apartment balcony you can still grow some of your own food. …

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Pet’s Teeth Clean and Healthy

Pet Dental Health

Everyone wants their pet to be healthy but still many people overlook a key facet of an animal’s overall health, their teeth! According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 80% of dogs and 70% of …

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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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12 Plants to Create a Cottage-Style Garden This Spring

Spring Gardening

Many people adore cottage gardens for their rustic charm and fairytale-like style. As cottage gardens often have the appearance of having taken years of planting and hard work, they can be intimidating for first-time gardeners.

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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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Caring for Air Plants

caring for air plants.

Tillandsia or air plants are epiphytes meaning that they don’t require any soil to grow! In nature, they take in their moisture and nutrients from the air or rainwater that falls on them.

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Winter Birding

Red Cardinal example of Winter Birding

Getting the family outside and enjoying nature can be tough in the winter. While the cold may put a damper on many activities, birdwatching is actually a great winter pastime. While it is true that …

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Homestead Garden – Keep green indoors this winter with the best indoor plants

With winter rolling in, your outdoor garden won’t be requiring your diligent attention for a few months. That begs the question: What’s a gardener to do? Whether you’re an avid gardener or you just like …

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Keeping holiday plants alive past the holidays


Traditional holiday plants like poinsettias add color and beauty to your home during the holiday season, but did you know they don’t need to fade away when the last of the decorations get boxed …

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How to Care for your Holiday Greens

To keep your wreaths and swags looking their best straight through the holiday season, follow these tips:

When choosing holly, look for glossy, firm leaves with no black spots.  If berries fall …

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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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Fall cleanup a drag? This year, give the raking and mulching to someone else.

Just a short while ago, your yard was the scene for fun and relaxation. But when fall comes around, there’s so much to do to get the yard ready for its long winter nap. Between …

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Keeping Pets Safe During the Holidays

Holidays are a time when families and friends come together to celebrate. For many people, celebrations include our pets, so we need to make sure we are keeping their well-being in the forefront of our …

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