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LET’S TALK GARDENING – Conserving Energy With Landscaping

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

BECOME AN ECOLOGY BUG – KEEP ECOLOGY IN MIND WHEN MAKING LANDSCAPING DECISIONS Earlier this month I did my Thursday NBC12 gardening segment on the topic of conserving energy with landscaping. I got some good reactions from viewers who called wanting to learn more and asking if I had any handout information (which we do)….

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Why You Should Invite Bats to Dine In Your Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Horror writers over the years have picked bats to play the villains in some of their books but, in reality, they’re heroes in the garden! Because October is Bat Appreciation Month, I’m sharing an updated version of an earlier post on why bats are so important. Interesting Bat Facts Here are some interesting facts about these…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Fall is a Pruning-Free Season

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

FALL IS NOT THE SEASON TO BE DOING RANDOM PRUNING ON OUR SHRUBS AND TREES. YOU COULD BE DOING MORE HARM THAN GOOD. Fall is a favorite time for most of us to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and get out into our gardens. After a hot summer, we are all eager to get…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Cleaning a Water Garden and Preparing for Winter

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

IT IS NOW OCTOBER AND NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO CLEAN As with any outdoor water source, a water garden collects organic matter that needs to be cleaned out. The best time to do this is when the water temperature is cooler, such as now. Cooler water temperature helps minimize any stress to fish…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Planting Bulbs Now for a Beautiful Spring Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

We’ve got a great assortment of spring-blooming bulbs, so here is what you need to know: Planting Bulbs by the Numbers October is a good time for planting most bulbs. The exception is tulips, which should be planted in November—they like to be planted in cooler soil. To store them until time to plant, keep…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – October Gardening Chores

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

FALL IS FOR PLANTING AND OCTOBER IS A VERY ACTIVE GARDENING MONTH HERE ARE SOME GARDENING TIPS Before I get into sharing some October gardening chores, let me do a re-cap of September. The first day of September started with a bang. Tropical Storm Ida passed by us giving us some rain but, thankfully, nothing damaging….

BONNIE’S GARDEN – A Timely Reminder

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

It’s time to think about moving houseplants back inside for the winter. One of the first things I do is move all the plants right up next to the house—just outside the window that they’ll be in when I move them inside. That gets them used to lower light while they still have Mother Nature…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Forest Bathing

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

EXPERIENCE THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE I give all credit to a good friend and colleague, Joel Koci, for putting together this information. Joel is a certified arborist who owned his own company, Arborcare, here in the Richmond area before retiring. Now, Joel is a Virginia Cooperative Extension Associate for Urban Forestry at Virginia State…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Onions and Garlic are Easy to Grow and Delicious!

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 even better. Same with garlic. And since fall is a perfect time to plant onions and garlic—and we just got fresh garlic and…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Renovating Flower Beds For Fall

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

FALL IS FOR PLANTING Are you ready for Fall? I sure am. I don’t mind the heat but fall is my favorite season of all the seasons. August was somewhat kind to us. We did have some very hot days. But, we have been hotter in August. We did not set any high-temperature records. Most…

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