June Gardening Tasks and Thoughts

June Gardening Tasks

JUNE 1 IS THE “UNOFFICIAL” START TO SUMMER ​May ended up by being a very good month for gardeners. We had good timely rainfall throughout the entire month. We had no late frosty nights and we did not have many extremely hot days. So, May was good to us.  Our soil temperature is now 73 … Read more

Eat Your Flowers

A salad of edible flowers and salad greens

EDIBLE FLOWERS: AN “EVER-GROWING” CUISINE TREND Here we are ready to go into June. This time of year our landscape is bursting with beautiful colors from all types of flowers. Have you ever heard of Flower Cookery? Believe it or not, more and more customers are looking for and inquiring about edible flowers. Flower cookery … Read more

Plant Highlight for May

Virginia Sweetspire Itea Henry's Garnet

I LOVE THIS PLANT My selected plant to highlight is the Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’. Or, more commonly referred to as Virginia Sweetspire. As you may figure out with Virginia being in its name, Virginia Sweetspire is a native shrub to our area. Right now it is in flower. It has fragrant, white flower spikes … Read more

Water Plants

Now is the time to clean out your water garden and water plants in preparation for the winter

‘TIS THE SEASON WE HAVE WATER PLANTS NOW! Water plants represent yet another form of landscaping. Yes, it is not for everyone. But more and more homeowners are accenting their existing landscape with a water feature. This feature doesn’t have to be large. You can start small and then “grow” and expand your water feature … Read more

May Gardening Chores

Now is the time to complete your May gardening chores

MAY IS ANOTHER SPRING MONTH. WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE? Let’s recap the month of April. April can be considered a dryer-than-normal month. “April showers bring May flowers” does not apply this year. But overall, we are still ahead of rainfall for the year. Our soil temperature continues to warm up more each week. All … Read more

Bringing Butterflies to Your Garden

A butterfly on a sunflower. Sunflowers are an excellent choice for attracting butterflies.

MANY OF OUR BENEFICIAL INSECTS NEED OUR HELP – INCLUDING THE BUTTERFLIES Our butterflies need our help—especially the Monarch butterfly. Here are some butterfly gardening tips to consider this spring and summer. When planning and planting our gardens this spring, remember some of the blooming annuals and perennials that are particularly attractive for our butterfly … Read more

Need More Vegetable Space?

Square-foot gardening

THINK ABOUT ADAPTING TO SQUARE-FOOT GARDENING Last week, I wrote my blog on vegetable gardening. It is time to move forward and get our vegetables and herbs planted. Just keep in mind that vegetable gardening is just at the beginning stages. Early May is still a great time to get started. Now, back to this … Read more

What You Need To Know To Plant Your Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardening

ARE YOU READY? Here we are in mid-April. I carefully watch our weather and our extended forecast to correctly advise customers on vegetable gardening. With Virginia weather consistently breaking now (fingers crossed), many Virginians are turning their attention, once again, to vegetable gardening. I am writing this blog on April 11th. Every day, I tell … Read more

Proper Mulching

Proper mulching is a skill you must learn for the health of your trees and shrubs

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING IS BAD FOR YOUR SHRUBS AND TREES Happy April to everyone! A couple of weeks ago, we had our MULCH MADNESS sale. Thousands of bags of mulch were sold. It is such a popular event. And it is timely, too, because now is a prime time to apply fresh … Read more

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