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GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – You Have Some Gall

By Doug Hensel
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DO YOU HAVE AZALEAS AND CAMELLIA SHRUBS? This past week I have had two different guests come into the garden center with samples of gall on their azaleas. Not to make light of this disease but I love using the tagline “you have some gall” with our guests. We both laugh. On a serious note,…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – American Beauties Native Plants

By Doug Hensel
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MY NATIVE PLANT PICK FOR MAY My AMERICAN BEAUTIES NATIVE PLANT pick for May is …  ITEA virginica ‘HENRY’S GARNET’. You may know this plant by its common name – VIRGINIA SWEETSPIRE. Are you familiar with the American Beauties Native Plants? We have been carrying this line of plants for a few years now. Each…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – May Gardening Tasks

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

MAY IS FINALLY HERE. IT IS A PERFECT TIME TO GET OUTSIDE AND DO SOME GARDENING As for the month of April, unfortunately, it turned out to be a challenging month for gardeners. April’s weather was up and down. April stayed a little dry for us until around the 20th when we got over an…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – Just Don’t Stand There, Plant Something

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

NATIONAL ARBOR DAY IS THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH National Arbor Day is a day set aside to celebrate the value that trees add to our lives and to promote tree planting and care. Now, for this tag line, “JUST DON’T STAND THERE, PLANT SOMETHING”, I want to give a shout-out and credit to a colleague,…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – Must Have Kitchen Herbs

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

GROWING YOUR OWN FRESH KITCHEN HERBS IS A VERY POPULAR PLANT TREND Now that we are toward the end of April, outdoor gardening is in full demand. And, growing fresh herbs is huge here in 2022. Did you know that many of our popular herbs are mentioned in the Bible? People who lived in Jesus’…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – April Gardening Chores

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

APRIL IS A GREAT GARDENING MONTH Here we are in the middle of April. So much is happening with gardening right now. However—PLEASE WATCH THE WEATHER FORECAST for any possible late-season frost or freeze. Our average last frost for our area is around the 20th of April. A few years ago we had a frost…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – This Saturday is Alzheimer’s Day

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

HOW GARDENING CAN HELP WITH ALZHEIMER’S All of us know this horrible disease. All of us know that there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s. Many of us have experienced loved ones and friends who have suffered from the effects of Alzheimer’s. The founder of Meadows Farms, Bill Meadows, who was the father of the…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – Creating a Tropical Landscape

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

CAN A TROPICAL LANDSCAPE BE DONE HERE IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA? Can we create a tropical oasis in this area? A quick answer to this question is yes! You will need to put on your creative cap because there are a few steps that you can do now knowing that you will add to this landscape…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – Why Grow Native Plants?

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

NATIVE PLANTS ARE ESSENTIAL In a nutshell, native plants are essential if bees are to survive and thrive. Make sense? It does to me and it does to many others, thank goodness. Matter of fact, adding natives to the landscape has become very, very popular over the last few years. And, The Great Big Greenhouse…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – How to Apply Mulch Correctly

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

PROPER MULCHING TECHNIQUES AND PROBLEMS CAUSED BY OVER MULCHING Now is the great time to be mulching existing garden beds. Here is a quick list of what proper mulching will provide: Mulch is considered the first line of defense against weed growth. New mulch adds a fresh, clean look to all garden beds Mulch helps…

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