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BONNIE’S GARDEN – Why Garlic and Onions Belong In Your Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’m one of those people who believe that onions and garlic make everything taste better. If a recipe calls for half an onion, I figure adding the whole onion will make it better. Same with garlic. And since fall is a perfect time to plant onions and garlic—and we just got fresh garlic and onions…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Houseplant Highlight for September – Money Tree

Pachira aquatic, better known as “Money tree” is an easy-care, low maintenance houseplant. This plant gets its name because the Feng Shui practice believes that a Money Tree, when properly placed in a home or business, brings prosperity and good fortune. They are usually found with its trunk braided. The top of the Money Tree…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Fill Your Garden With Beautiful Spring Color

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Our fabulous assortment of spring-blooming bulbs just came in and I’ve already had a lot of questions. Here is What You Need to Know Buy bulbs now for the best selection but hold off on planting most bulbs until October.  The exceptions would be bearded iris rhizomes,  fall-blooming crocus, lycoris and colchicum which should be planted right…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – September Gardening Chores

SEPTEMBER OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF THE “FALL IS FOR PLANTING” SEASON From a meteorological and a green industry standpoint, September 1 marks the beginning of the fall season.  Fall is officially here on Monday, September 23. There is so much going on with gardening now that September is here.  I am glad that September is here…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Plant a Rainbow

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Fresh German bearded iris rhizomes just came in so here are a few interesting facts about these beautiful perennials. The word ‘iris’ come from the Greek word for ‘rainbow.’ Since iris come in such a wide variety of colors, that‘s pretty appropriate. There is a Fresco painting of iris on the island of Crete that…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Fall Is the Best Time to Plant a Shade Tree

TREES HELP OUR ENVIRONMENT September is here in just a few days. September is the month that kicks off the FALL IS FOR PLANTING season. Fall is the best time to plant shade trees. After all the hot days this past couple of months, shade can make life in Virginia more bearable. One strong reason…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Fall Is For Planting

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Fall is less than a month away!  (Gosh, I feel like summer just got here–)  It’s time to begin thinking about how to get the most from your fall garden.  Here are some suggestions. Plant pansies and violas: One of the most popular cool-season flowers, they’re available in a wide range of colors.  They’ll bloom most…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – A $100 Hole for a $10 Plant

AS PROMISED IN LAST WEEKS’ BLOG – HERE IS INFORMATION TO HELP WITH YOUR PLANTING There is a lot of wisdom in the title of this blog.  Many issues with a plant’s performance can be avoided by simply planting properly. FALL IS FOR PLANTING My mission in writing this blog is solely educational and, in…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Want More Butterflies? Here’s What to Plant

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

My blog last week was about Milkweeds—a host plant for Monarch butterflies. I had several questions this past week about other host plants so thought I’d repost this blog from a couple of years ago. I get so many questions about what flowers to plant for a “butterfly” garden. Well, if we don’t start planting…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Challenges With Our Red Clay Soil

NOW IS THE TIME TO GET READY FOR THE FALL PLANTING SEASON It is mid-August and now is a great time to be doing some preparatory work with improving our clay heavy soil in the lawn or gardens. Everyone who lives in Central Virginia knows all about our red soil. You can have all the…

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