Staying Close to Nature Through Gardening

Connecting with nature

GARDENING HAS BEEN THE #1 HOBBY WITH PEOPLE FOR YEARS Here we are in mid-September. Our fall season is officially here on the 23rd. The month of September represents a prime time for planting and gardening. Hopefully, Mother Nature will cooperate by giving us seasonable temperatures and adequate rainfall. But let’s talk about how to … Read more

Fall Lawn Seeding

Doug's fall lawn care tips

NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME TO BE SEEDING OR OVER-SEEDING YOUR LAWN Are you ready for September and the start of our seeding and fertilizing season for lawns? Many homeowners are prepared and follow the S.O.D. program (September, October, & December). If you have any lawn care questions or concerns, then I urge you to … Read more

September Gardening Chores

September gardening chores

HURRAH! SEPTEMBER IS FINALLY HERE September is the beginning month of the FALL IS FOR PLANTING SEASON. I want to share my thoughts on August. Yes, August was hot. Nothing too unusual. But the last week of August was lovely. Westend Richmond and Northern Chesterfield got a good soaking of rain, much needed as we … Read more

My 5 Favorite Shrubs For Late Summer Color

Beautyberry are wonderful late summer shrubs

LATE SUMMER CAN BE TRICKY TIME FOR COLOR IN THE GARDEN Here we are in mid to late August. Sure, we have summer-blooming annuals like Petunias, Vinca, Lantana, etc., giving us color this time of year. We have many beautiful late summer hardy perennials in color. But what about shrubs? What shrubs can I plant … Read more

The Scoop On Poop

We've got the scoop on poop for using manure your organic garden

TIPS AND THOUGHTS ABOUT USING ANIMAL MANURE WITH YOUR PLANTINGS I am thinking ahead a little bit. Yes, we are in August, but the fall planting season will soon be here before we know it. Adding manure to our soil when planting is not something new. Farmers have been using it to fertilize their crops … Read more

August Gardening Chores and Tips

August gardening chores and tips

AUGUST CAN BE A TOUGH MONTH FOR GARDENERS Yes, August can be tough on gardening because of the heat and high humidity, which makes being outside and working in the gardens a little unbearable. This is one reason to consider August a planning month for the upcoming FALL PLANTING SEASON. AUGUST GARDENING CHORES AND TIPS … Read more


Blueberries on the vine

JULY IS NATIONAL BLUEBERRY MONTH July is an excellent month to enjoy the fruits of bounty from blueberries in the area. Our produce vendors with our farmers’ market can now provide fresh, locally grown blueberries. See and enjoy our farmers’ market every Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm. Not long ago, I did a … Read more

Water It Right!

Proper watering is important

THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF WATERING PLANTS Here we are in mid-July. July’s weather has been typical, with the heat index rising and high humidity levels. I have to say that we are fortunate in that Mother Nature has helped with some timely rainfall. But we need to learn good watering practices. Good watering practices … Read more

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