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DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – Using Gardening For Quality Family Time

By Doug Hensel
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NORMAL. SUCH A SIMPLE WORD BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN ANYMORE WHEN IT COMES TO PLANTS AND GARDENING? As I write this blog, Virginia and the entire U.S. is in the process of trying to re-open from the Great Shutdown brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. It seems that our local, state and national news…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Happiness Happens in the Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Did you know August is National Happiness Happens Month? I didn’t either until a customer told me and I looked it up. There it is—in black and white—“August is National Happiness Happens Month.” It did start me thinking about what makes me happy in my garden—the first bloom on my rose; every single solitary fragrant…

DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – August Garden Tips

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

IT’S TIME FOR A MID-SUMMER GARDENING REPORT First, let’s recap the month of July. I think I can accurately describe the month of July in one word “UGH”!!! What a hot and dry month July turned out to be this year. 21 straight days of 90 degrees or better. Not a record. The record was…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – It’s Time to Think About Fall Veggies

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Right now I’m inundated with tomatoes and zucchini. I’m sure my neighbors want to run when they see me heading their way with a bag of veggies in hand. But I have no more room on the kitchen counter!  And how many loaves of zucchini bread can you eat anyway? And, yet, in the midst of…

DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – Dog Days of Summer

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

What a difference a year can make. Last year we experienced above-average rainfall for the month and below-average temperatures for July. But not this year! Here we are in the last week of July and we are experiencing a hot and dry July. So, why do we refer to this time of year as the…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – What Can Go Wrong With the Fruit on Your Tomatoes and How to Fix It

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’ve had so many customers come in recently with tomatoes in their hands because they have a problem with the fruit. If you’re growing tomatoes, here is a list of what you may find, the cause, and how to mitigate the problem. Blossom End Rot Blossom end rot is water-soaked lesions at the bottom of…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Six Things You Can Do To Garden Sustainably

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

One of the big “catch-phrases” you hear a lot is “sustainable” gardening. What is sustainable gardening exactly? The goal of sustainable gardening is to leave the environment in the same or in better shape than it already was—and to try to use as few products as possible to keep it that way Remember water is…

DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – July Gardening Chores

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

ALERT! – Here we are in mid-July and the Japanese Beetles are out and about eating away on many of our favorite plants such as roses, basil, tomatoes, crape myrtles, and others. I have been talking to customers daily about these nuisance beetles. They will be around for a few more weeks so protect your…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Garden Terms You Need to Know

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Whether you’re a brand new gardener or you’ve gardened for many years, knowing the garden terms below will help you be a better gardener and get superior results. Why? Because knowing these terms helps you understand how to create the best growing conditions. Knowing these terms also helps you ask better questions when talking with…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – What Are Your Houseplants Telling You?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

If you’re like me, you had your houseplants outside back in May. I know they love the fresh air circulation, better light, and great humidity—it reminds them of “home.” I love seeing all the bright green new growth and it’s nice not to have to pick up yellow leaves from the living room floor where…

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