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LET’S TALK GARDENING – April Gardening Chores

By Doug Hensel
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A LOT OF GARDENING ACTIVITIES AND CHORES FOR APRIL Finally, April has arrived. April is a huge gardening month. As warmer weather becomes more consistent, people are getting ready to spend more time outdoors enjoying their gardens and doing more plantings. Here are some great April gardening chores: GRASS-CYCLING April starts our lawn mowing season….

LET’S TALK GARDENING – The Benefits of Edible Landscaping

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

EDIBLE LANDSCAPING IS BECOMING A VERY POPULAR LANDSCAPING TREND I have been transforming my landscape to include more edible plants and fruits — especially with my container gardens. I recently moved a couple of years ago and I love my edible container gardens. So, you may be asking ‘what is edible landscaping’? Edible landscaping replaces…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – What’s All the Hubbub About Espoma Bio-Tone Starter Fertilizer?

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

AND, WHAT ARE MYCORRHIZAE? To put it simply—Bio-Tone is a starter plant food for organic gardening. And, it contains Mycorrhizae. Together they promote stronger roots, bigger blooms, and healthier plants. ORGANIC I can’t stress enough how I feel about using Bio-Tone. I will never plant anything without incorporating Bio-Tone in the hole when planting. So,…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Redbud Trees, Cercis Canadensis

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

A SURE SIGN THAT SPRING IS ARRIVING Yes, we have our peepers being noisy and some people use this as a sign that spring has arrived. To me, I like seeing our Redbud trees in bloom as the sign of spring. As I drive around the Richmond area I love seeing these trees in bloom…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – How To Select the Right Japanese Maple Tree

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

JAPANESE MAPLE TREES LEND A SENSE OF GRACE TO ANY SPACE Are you awed by Japanese Maple trees? I sure am and have been for quite a few years. My first true exposure to Japanese Maple trees was as a buyer and doing buying trips to Oregon. I fell in love with them. In Portland,…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Marching Into Spring

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

MARCH IS THE MONTH THAT WE, GARDENERS, HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO!!!!!!! Finally!!!!  March has arrived and we start to come out of hibernation and start “working out” in our gardens.  Mid-February gave us a good taste of winter with some snow, ice, and cold temperatures.  But, that’s OK.  That was last month.  March is…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Are You Ready For March?

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

THE SPRING SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER Here we are in the last week of February. Basically, up to this point, I have no complaints about winter. Yes, we had a little snow and a few cold days but –hey, it is winter. I keep saying that the weather in Virginia can be fickle….

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Herb of the Year 2021 Parsley

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

The IHA (International Herb Association) has selected PARSLEY Petroselinum ‘Moss Curled’ as its HERB OF THE YEAR FOR 2021. Most everyone is familiar with parsley. But, do you know why? Parsley is used for elevating the flavor of dishes like soups, salads, and fish. It is rich in vitamins A, C, and K. HISTORY I…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – February Gardening Thoughts and Tips

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

HELL-O FEBRUARY, GOOD-BYE JANUARY  –  ONLY ONE MONTH FROM SPRING!! I am getting excited about spring. As of this writing, spring is only 48 days away. Our daylight is getting longer. February is the last full month of winter. For some of us gardeners, we view February as the GATEWAY MONTH to spring. Sure, we…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – February Is Houseplant Month at the Great Big Greenhouse

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

ENHANCE YOUR LIFE WITH PLANTS Tropical plants are more than just decorative accents in our home or office. Houseplants are correctly being labeled as CLEAN AIR MACHINES. Have you ever considered going indoors to “get a breath of fresh air?” It’s not as crazy as it sounds, considering the level of air pollution we experience…

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