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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…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Planting Asparagus

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

What vegetable is low in calories, high in fiber, a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants—and tastes delicious? Asparagus, of course. Interesting Facts About Asparagus Thomas Jefferson had asparagus beds at Monticello and often ate it marinated in oil, red wine vinegar, capers, and herbs. Asparagus gets its name from the Greek word for…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Spring Equinox

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Yesterday, in the Northern Hemisphere, was the first day of Spring—astronomically anyway. For meteorologists, spring started three weeks ago on the first of March. And, if you are living south of the equator, it’s the first day of fall. From here on out, the days will continue to get longer until the Summer Solstice. Spring…

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…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – St. Patrick’s Day Shamrocks

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This coming Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day. Are you planning to get a shamrock? To get the best out of yours, while it’s blooming, keep it in bright light—several hours of direct morning sun or afternoon sun (before 11 a.m. or after 2 p.m.) is best. Water when the soil is dry to the touch…

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…

GARDENING INFO FROM DOUG – Marching Into Spring

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

KNOWLEDGE IS THE KEY TO BEING A SUCCESSFUL GARDENER March is finally here and Spring is in the air!! March is an exciting month for gardeners and landscapers. To enhance this excitement is that we have Daylight Saving Time that begins on Sunday, March 13.  With Daylight Saving Time we “spring forward” on clocks one…

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…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Time to Party

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

So the first day of “official” spring was March 20, but when is spring really? Well, that depends on who you ask. In the United States, spring begins on the Vernal Equinox (on or about March 20/21) and ends on the Summer Solstice. Meteorologists, on the other hand, consider spring consisting of the months of…

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,…

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