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GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Farmers’ Market Opening

By Doug Hensel

OUR 11TH SEASON OF THE HUGUENOT-ROBIOUS FARMERS’ MARKET IS STARTING UP THIS THURSDAY MARCH 28TH FROM 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM Yes, we are a year-round farmers’ market. Since January, our vendors have been inside The Great Big Greenhouse. We kick off each season with the first Thursday in April. But, this year with more…


By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

My granddad always planted his garden peas between the middle and end of March. That means that right now is a perfect time. The first thing you need to do is decide which kind of pea you want to plant. Do you want to plant English or “shelling” peas? These are the traditional green pea—sweet…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – 15th Annual Weather in the Garden Event

GET YOUR FRONT ROW SEAT TO THE BIGGEST GARDENING EVENT IN RICHMOND WITH WEATHER IN THE GARDEN THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 233 STARTING @ 10:00. It’s hard to imagine that The Great Big Greenhouse and the NBC 12 Weather Alert Team have been co-hosting this event for 15 years. This all started in 2005. Over the…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – My Top 5 Favorite Vegetables

By Bonnie Pega

I try to plant at least one new thing every year—both in my flower and my veggie/herb garden. Over the past few years, I’ve come up with a list of my favorite vegetables so far. As I continue to try new things, this list is definitely subject to change. Most of my favorite vegetables are…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Mulch and Preen, a Great Gardening Combination

MULCH AND PREEN TOGETHER PROVIDE A ONE-TWO PUNCH AGAINST WEEDS. Everyone knows what mulch is. But, how many of you are familiar with the product PREEN? HOW DOES PREEN WORK? PREEN is a pre-emergent weed preventer that creates a weed-prevention barrier in the top layer of soil and mulch. Preen will NOT kill weeds that…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Plant Edibles From Roots or Sets

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

What is tastier than asparagus straight from the garden—or strawberries still warm from the sun; spring onions so fresh that soil is still clinging to them? There are a number of edibles that are grown from packaged roots. They are easy, inexpensive, and fun to grow. Some are even perennial and will provide delicious vegetables…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Let’s Get Ready for Spring!

SPRING IS OFFICIALLY HERE IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS – Yeah!!!!! To add to all this excitement is that Daylight Saving Time starting this coming Sunday, March 10, and this time change will give us more sunlight hours in the evening to enjoy the outside when we get home from work or school. With sunshine…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Questions on Seed Starting Indoors

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Last week I wrote my blog about starting seeds indoors.  This week I’ll mention some of the most common questions I get about starting seeds indoors. Why are my seedlings so long and floppy? This is a condition called etiolation. This is caused by inadequate light. The only way to fix this is to give…

Got Shade?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Living with a forty foot tall maple in the front yard, a huge redbud on one side and an entire hill of oaks and maples behind, I’ve become (out of necessity) a fan of shade tolerant flowers.  I thought I’d share with you some of my favorites—annuals, perennials, bulbs. Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis):  Dainty nodding bells will…

How Much Water Do Your Plants Need and Actually Get?

The quickest cause of plant failure is insufficient or incorrect watering. With my blog last week I discussed the sunlight requirements of plants and how choosing the right plant for the right location is so important.  Now, once the correct plant is chosen and properly planted, the cultural care of the plant is also vital…

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