Category Archives: Growing Food

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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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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How to Plant a Pizza Garden

Plant Your Own Pizza Garden

You don’t have to live on a farm to grow your own food. A new trend called food-scaping combines edible gardening and landscaping to maximize beauty and productivity. If you’re new to food-scaping, a pizza …

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Be an Edible Garden Guru

edible garden guru

There are so many benefits to growing your own food, from increased flavor to taking control of what your food is exposed to. Plus, anyone can do it! Whether you have a yard with a …

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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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Vegetable plants that thrive in the fall

fall vegetable garden harvest

Do you think you’ve reached the finale for your garden? Think again. You’re just entering the third act! Autumn is a wonderful time of year to plant and grow vegetables; you just have to be …

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The Foodscape Revolution

By Guest Author Brie Arthur
“Garden to Table” is the best way to describe my passion for adding purpose to landscapes in suburban neighborhoods, office parks, school campuses and retirement communities. With an education …

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Think outside the planter box: Surprising veggies to grow vertically

Fresh vegetables and fruits are one of the best things about spring and summer. Growing your own can be rewarding, and you don’t need a big garden plot to fill your table with fresh, home-grown …

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Celebrate National Blueberry Month with Recipes, and Planting Tips

Celebrate National Blueberry Month with Recipes, and Planting Tips
Pancakes, tarts, pies, we love adding blueberries to any recipe. And we’re not alone.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes July as National Blueberry …

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New Year’s Resolution: Healthy Eating for All (so)…Go for the Garden!

 
Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
The holidays are receding from view, and the excitement of the new year is brimming with healthy options for your eating and growing pleasure. Here …

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Beginners Guide to Gardening: Harvesting Those Fall Veggies

The fall gardening season is coming to an end, and you probably have plenty of delicious vegetables to keep you busy processing and freezing for weeks to come. From roasting squash to steaming kale, your …

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Bundle Up Your Garden

 

Be Inspired Seasonally with Rita Calvert
After the winter of 2013-2014, many of us want to be more vigilant to protect our precious trees and perennials from the big chill. For me, …

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Most Popular Gardening Topics of 2013

 
It’s the year with 365 brand new days to fill! Bet you never thought of it that way before. You chose if you want the day half (or completely) full or half empty. …

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Get ‘Em While They’re Hot…Fall Vegetable Transplants are In!

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
As summer draws to a close, gardens everywhere can morph into a tapestry of delicious greens, from tender lettuce to frost-proof spinach, with a …

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The Sustainable Cabin Creek Heritage Farm in our Backyard

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
The mud-splattered all-terrain vehicle (ATV) bobbed along the forest path, down the hill, around the bend and finally came to a stop as the curious “Woodland …

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Chili Peppers and Bell Peppers Aplenty

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
The brilliant colors draw the eye, the dazzling hues mesmerize, the enticing aroma present some of the garden’s biggest flavors…now at the height of the season. .

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Seed Saving From Your Kitchen Garden

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Novice Guide to Seed Saving
 As your summer fruits and vegetables get plump-ready to pluck, it’s time to learn about saving those seeds. The tradition …

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Let the Garden Tell You What to Eat…And How to Be a Creative Leader

 

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Summer squash is what most gardeners and farmers in the region are finding in abundance this time of year. That’s the produce focus  this week. Grill, roast, …

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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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