June Gardening Checklist

June Gardening Checklist

SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY HERE LATER THIS MONTH & WE HAVE PLENTY OF CHORES TO DO THIS MONTH Now that June is here remember that gardening is a year-round hobby, and certain gardening chores must be done each month. June has been tagged as PERENNIAL GARDENING MONTH by the Perennial Plant Association. The main reason behind … Read more

Easy Solutions for Our Unique Virginia Gardening Challenges

Raised beds are one solution to Virginia gardening challenges

Welcome to Virginia—home of red clay, granite chunks, and critter problems—moles, voles, and deer. And yet, it’s home. I’ve lived here my whole life. I’ve learned that there are several things to think about when I plant. Our Gardening Reality My yard is the best of Virginia—red clay in the front yard and red clay … Read more

Let’s Grow Yummy Tomatoes

Growing tomatoes is a lovely way to learn about gardening

From the New World to the Old World to Your Garden – Growing Tomatoes Tomatoes, or Solanum lycopersicum, are native to the New World—found in Central and South American wilds. In 1519, the explorer Hernán Cortés took seeds back to Europe, where they were planted as ornamentals. People were convinced they were toxic because it … Read more

It’s Hanging Basket Time

Hanging baskets on a stoop

CHOOSING THE RIGHT BASKET Here we are in mid-May and in the height of the hanging basket season. We are now past any threat of frost. People are now decorating with summer blooming annuals which includes adding hanging baskets to the landscape, patios, decks, and pools. So, how do I know to choose the right … Read more

What’s Bugging You?

What's bugging you? Maybe its a tomato hornworm like the one pictured here

It’s about that time, so I’m reposting a previous blog on common veggie garden insect pests…. WHAT’S BUGGING YOU? Or—who’s been eating my veggies besides me? When I’m out admiring my garden and keeping my eye out for problems, I also look for things like holes in the leaves or chewing damage on the outer … Read more

Peonies and Mother’s Day

Peonies are a perfect gift for Mother's Day

MOTHER’S DAY IS THIS SUNDAY, MAY 14TH Mother’s Day was started in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. The holiday traditionally involves presenting Mom with flowers and a card. The botanical name for peonies is Paeonia. They are native to Asia and Europe. The history of peonies goes back to ancient days … Read more

What Is A Weed?

Dandelions are considered weeds to some, and not to others. What is a weed to you?

TI have friends who are into wine-making. They occasionally come to my yard, dig up dandelions, and take them home to make dandelion wine. I’ll never forget visiting them and walking around their huge yard, noting a nice-sized bed of dandelions. There was one lone blue bachelor button growing in the corner. Without even thinking, … Read more

Simple Steps to Prevent Vegetable Garden Problems

Find out how to prevent vegetable garden problems

Unfortunately, our commonly grown garden vegetables are prone to specific problems. Tomatoes can get Early Blight, Late Blight, Southern Blight, Gray Leaf Spot, Septoria Leaf Spot, Verticillium Wilt, Anthracnose, Fusarium Wilt, etc., as well as aphids, stink bugs, and tomato hornworms. Cucumber family members (cukes, squash, melons, pumpkins) can get Wilt, Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew, … Read more

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