Groundhogs, Woodchucks, Whistle Pigs?

Groundhog chewing on some grass

This coming Friday is Groundhog’s Day.  So here are a few interesting facts about Groundhogs… Groundhogs are not related to hogs at all but are marmots closely related to squirrels.  They are basically a giant ground squirrel. They’re widely distributed across North America from northern Alabama all the way up to Alaska. They truly hibernate … Read more

Got Squirrels?

A small squirrel in the branch of a tree

Sunday, January 21, was Squirrel Appreciation Day.  What?  I’m supposed to appreciate these fuzzy little things that destroy my garden?  Well…Yes. The word ‘squirrel’ comes from the Anglo-Norman word esquirel with roots in the Greek word skiouros meaning ‘shadow-tailed.’  A group of squirrels is called a “scurry” (a Scurry of Squirrels—appropriate).  They are native to every … Read more

Growing Small Fruit In Your Landscape

Cluster of blueberries still on their bush

Here we are in mid-January after having some of the coldest days on record for the Richmond area.  It is hard to want to get outside in the gardens with this type of weather.  The best strategy is to stay inside where it is warm and contemplate how you want to garden this year. One … Read more

A Few More New Year’s Resolutions

New Year resolutions for 2018

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions yesterday?  Every year, I make New Year’s resolutions for my garden.  So here is this year’s top 5… I resolve to be better about feeding my garden.  Okay, it’s not exactly rocket science to sprinkle a handful of Tomato-tone or Garden-tone around the base of my vegetables.  So … Read more

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