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DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – “They’re Here!!!” Time to Protect Your Plants

By Doug Hensel
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BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR JAPANESE BEETLES BECAUSE THEY ARE HERE, OUT AND ABOUT, AND EATING AWAY I was wondering when customers would be coming into the garden center with evidence of damage to their plants from Japanese Beetles. This past week I had a couple of customers right here in North Chesterfield needing advice…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – My Personal Perennial Pick for June

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

AGASTACHE – ALSO KNOWN AS “HUMMINGBIRD MINT” So much is going on with perennials in June. The Perennial Plant Association has designated June as Perennial Gardening Month. The main reason for June being selected as the perennial month is that June is a great month for seeing so many beautiful perennials in bloom. Secondly, June…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – We Are A Garden’s Haven for Gifts Awaiting Dad for Father’s Day

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

FATHER’S DAY IS SUNDAY, JUNE 21st. HONORING ALL FATHERS AND FATHERHOOD Just a little history with Father’s Day: First observed in Spokane, Washington in 1910. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson wanted to make the 3rd Sunday of June a recognized federal holiday. In 1966, President LBJ issued the first presidential proclamation to make Father’s Day…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Salvage Summer Through Gardening

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

JUNE IS HERE WHICH MEANS SUMMER TO MANY PEOPLE BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF GARDENING CHORES TO KEEP US BUSY OUTSIDE Gardening is the #1 hobby for Americans – now more than ever. I say this because many of us are conflicted about the months of lockdown that have mostly kept us in our homes…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Tips For the First Time Vegetable Gardener

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

A common occurrence during the ongoing pandemic is the cancellation or postponement of events, interrupting common traditions and rituals for students and adults alike. BUT NOT GARDENING!! With all my years working in a retail gardening center, I have never spoken to so many families before who are wanting to try doing some vegetable gardening…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – May Gardening Chores

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

NOW ONTO MAY WITH NEEDED GARDENING TASKS First, let’s re-cap April. April ended with cool days with plenty of rainfall. This is a good thing. Sure, we had some night temperatures down into the thirties but very few of us experienced any damaging frost. April has really helped to create the ideal condition for May…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Good Watering Practices

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

WATERING ISN’T EASY Here we are in late April. A lot of planting has been done this month when it comes to all the beautiful perennials, annuals, shrubs, and trees. The number one challenge for all these newly planted plants is being cared for properly, especially when it comes to watering. In fact, being a…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Selected Plants of the Year for 2020

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

MAKE ROOM IN YOUR GARDENS FOR THESE BEAUTIES Every year different national and international plant societies select a plant to highlight. Never are these plants selected at random. Each plant chosen must meet a strict set of criteria such as easy to grow, readily available, and outstanding performance. Here is a list of plants chosen…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – April Gardening Chores

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

FINALLY, APRIL IS HERE. WE ARE BURSTING WITH COLOR AND GARDENING SUPPLIES March has now passed. But, March was a very nice gardening month with the continued warm winter temperatures and with some timely rainfall. March of 2016 and 2017 was cold, wet, dreary, and snowy. As of March 31, our soil temperature is sitting…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Being Stuck At Home Does Not Have To Be Boring

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

CONNECTING WITH NATURE IS THE KEY Are you staying home to avoid spreading or catching coronavirus? If so, that’s great. But, are you bored? Is cabin fever setting in with some of you? Are you wondering what you can do or what your family can do during this quarantine period? GO OUTSIDE!!! Oh, how those…

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