Peas – A Great Veggie to Plant in March

Peas can be planted in mid-March in central Virginia.

Peas should be planted in central Virginia around the middle of March, so I thought I’d give you some interesting tidbits about these delicious veggies. Well, botanically speaking, they’re technically a seed. The peapods are a fruit! Pea Facts Peas are one of the earliest known domesticated crops—about 11,000 years ago, though they were eaten … Read more

Five Easy Care Houseplants

Snake plant is an easy houseplant to care for as a beginner.

 TRY THESE PLANTS AND TURN YOUR BROWN THUMB GREEN February is houseplant month for The Great Big Greenhouse. We pride ourselves on the selection of houseplants that we carry. We have a houseplant for you. Some houseplants are easier to care for than others. Success with houseplants starts with choosing the right plant for you. … Read more

Growing Citrus Trees in Containers

Growing citrus indoors is fun and easy

GROWING CITRUS IN THE RICHMOND AREA BRINGS A LITTLE SLICE OF PARADISE Growing citrus plants has been a strong houseplant trend over the past few years. This is very true because people find having citrus plants very rewarding. Citrus is a pretty plant that has fragrant white flowers, pretty leaves, and fruit. The bottom line … Read more

Repotting Houseplants

Repotting houseplants like an African Violet

When people buy a new houseplant, one of the first things they often ask is, “When do I repot it?” The correct answer is, “Not yet.” Repotting is a shock to the plant. Taking it home to a new environment is a shock to the plant. Try to give a plant no more than one … Read more

Happy Groundhog’s Day

How accurate are groundhogs at predicting the weather?

This past Friday was Groundhog’s Day. Were you one of the 30,000 people who traveled to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, for Groundhog Day to see what Punxsutawney Phil had to offer? Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this year and predicted an early spring. So what the heck is a Groundhog, anyway? How often is he … Read more

Dear Deer

You can reduce damage from deer by using various deer repellents in the landscape

THIS IS A KIND NOTE TO REMIND YOU TO PLEASE LEAVE MY PLANTS ALONE THIS WINTER I wish deer could read. If so, I would post signs asking them to stay out of my yard and gardens this winter. I have already had a few frustrated customers come into the garden center saying how deer … Read more

Why I Love Planting Seeds

Now is the time to begin thinking about planting seeds

I’ve been gardening for most of my life. Yes, I took horticulture, but the real education came not in a classroom but in my backyard’s red Virginia clay soil. The wisest gardeners, I believe, are simply those who made the most mistakes—and learned something. Golly, I must be a genius by now. My Early Gardening … Read more

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