I’m dreaming of Chanticleer Garden

by Susan Harris
If you haven’t been to Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA just west of Philadelphia, how about a quick tour to tide you over ’til the weather changes and you …

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How to Save Evergreens from Death by Snow

Now that the title has your attention, could someone please tell us how?

To appreciate the damage in context, check out the “before” photo below showing the magnolia on the left, then some aucubas, and the …

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This weekend: Root Vegetables, Growing from Seed, Plants for Pollinators and Water Gardens

Barring another blizzard, Homestead is offering these great winter workshops this weekend – just call 410/798-5000 to register.  (Cancelled workshops from last weekend will be rescheduled.)

Gene’s Tips: Starting from Seed ($5), Saturday …

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“Snowy Day” Photo Contest Winners

We thank our Facebook “fans” for their many entries to our photo contest!  And the winners are:

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Tomatoes Fresh from Homestead Gardens & the Stovetop Smoker

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Many are the ways to prepare and extend the bounty of summer or even preserve hothouse tomatoes during the winter months. I made these tomatoes for Chef …

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Visit exotic gardens around the world without leaving home

by Susan Harris
I don’t know about you, but around about now I’m needing a fix of color, and maybe some lush foliage.  Of course I could schlep to the nearest …

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Floral designers’ tips for Valentine’s Day

by Susan Harris

One day in mid-January I stopped by Homestead’s Floral Department to chat with award-winning designers Justine Marshall and Nancy Huffman.  Of course the BIG topic for all floral designers this time of …

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This weekend: Tree care, Bonsai, Herb Wreaths and Pests

More great winter workshops this weekend – just call 410/798-5000 to register.

Gene’s Tip: Common Problems and Pests ($5)  Saturday, 1/30 at 10 a.m. Gene Sumi teaches how to learn from other gardeners’ …

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Valentine Soiree~Dangerously Delicious Chocolate and Coffee

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

I just bet you want to put on a spiffy event for Valentine’s Day without any fuss. Be adventurous as you can’t go wrong with chocolate and coffee …

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So how cold-hardy is Rosemary?

One of the many mysteries of gardening is the contradictory advice we read, especially but not solely on the Internet, about plants.  It can even contradict our own experiences growing plants in our very own gardens, …

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Compost Guru Frank Gouin Answers all our Questions

Posted by Susan Harris
I’d heard Dr. Frank Gouin’s name mentioned almost reverentially for years and wasn’t about to miss his winter workshop at Homestead yesterday.    So without further ado, here’s what I learned.

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Organic Gardening magazine’s new editor and make-over

Posted by Susan Harris
Organic  Gardening magazine is having a very good run.  Not that they’re solely responsible for the upsurge in growing food and growing it organically, or in what now gets …

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What’s in Your Future Harvest?

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

Since 1994 a group of Mid-Atlantic small farmers practicing sustainable agriculture have worked together to bring us some of the finest local food products in the Chesapeake Region.

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Grocery Gardening: The Thrill of Victory…The Agony of Defeat

Guest post by Robin Ripley of Bumblebee Blog

Forty-one million U.S. households grew some of their own food in 2009, according to the Garden Writers Association. That’s 38% of U.S. households. Thirty-seven percent were …

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Learn about composting, planting for wildlife, cold-weather vegetables and containers, and gardening tools

Yep, that’s a lot of learning going on next Saturday and Sunday at the old Homestead.  Here’s the line-up, and I’m told there’s still room – but register now to make sure.  (Call …

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The ugliest month in the garden

Posted by Susan Harris
Every month gardenbloggers post what’s blooming in their garden on the 15th, but like all Marylanders, there’s absolutely nothing to show you.  In fact, even the groundcovers that

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High on the Winter To-Do List? Gardening Recordkeeping

Posted by Susan Harris
This is, as all gardeners know, THE time to get our recordkeeping in order for the prior season, and maybe get our system set up for the next.   First …

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Ode to Not Just Any Goat

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook

As the story goes, there are always challenges on a farm. When you come to know a farm, you are part of the joys and struggles. Loosing an …

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Visiting the National Arboretum in Winter

Posted by Susan Harris
No matter how frozen our garden soil or how dormant our plants, lucky gardeners near D.C. can get a big fix of plants and whole gardens by visiting the National  …

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Plant of the Month: Winterberry Holly

By Susan Harris
It may be January but winterberry hollies (Ilex verticillata) are still covered with berries and they’re the best-looking plant in many a Maryland garden.   Because they’re native to wetlands in Eastern …

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