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

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

Heirlooms, Hybrids, and GMOs – How Are They Different

What's the difference between heirlooms, hybrids, and GMO tomatoes?

en It’s the time of year to begin thinking about seeds for your spring/summer garden. Let’s talk about the difference between heirlooms, hybrids, and GMOs. What is An Heirloom? An heirloom seed is one with history. An heirloom has been passed down for several generations. Many heirlooms have been passed down for more than a … Read more

Windowsill Gardening

Windowsill gardening

What’s better in the winter than a windowsill project that not only gives you something to do, but makes your food taste better?  Try growing herbs indoors!  And the fragrance in great, too…. How to Start Herbs From Seeds or Cuttings Many herbs start well from seeds–particularly basil, chives, parsley, dill, and cilantro.  For a few herbs, like … Read more

My 2024 Gardening Resolutions

Bonnie's 2024 Gardening Resolutions

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions, but how many of us keep them? I go to the gym in January, and people are waiting everywhere. Go in March, however, and there’s not nearly as long a wait. I’m going to make a few resolutions for my garden. We’ll see how I do. My 2024 … Read more

The Winter Solstice – A Long History of Celebration

The winter solstice is here

This coming Thursday, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice—the shortest day/longest night of the year. At this point, our north pole is tilted the farthest away from the sun. They’ll celebrate the first day of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Christmas Day cookouts are relatively common—in Australia! From then on, the days will get a … Read more

Caring for Your Poinsettia This Season

Learn all about poinsettia care

The single most popular Holiday plant sold in America is—you guessed it—the poinsettia—with over 40 million sold annually! Chances are you’ve bought one already to decorate your house or been given one as a gift. So here are some things to know: Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico. The first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Joel … Read more

Paperwhites – Easy to Grow and a Great Gift

A bundle of paperwhite narcissus

It’s the time of year for Paperwhite Narcissus, so here’s what you need to know. Paperwhites are members of the Amaryllidaceae family. This makes them related to amaryllis, snowdrops, daffodils, etc. Facts About Paperwhites They are native to the warmer regions of the Mediterranean, from Greece to Portugal. This means that we cannot grow them … Read more

What I’m Thankful For in My Garden

What I'm Thankful For in My Garden

With Thanksgiving this past Thursday, I started thinking about what I’m thankful for this year in my garden. Veggie Goodness Even though we had a rainy patch mid-summer, I’m grateful I did not get blight on my tomatoes. Spacing plants a little further apart for more air circulation does help. And even though I did … Read more

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