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BONNIE’S GARDEN – My Veggies Are Planted! Now What?

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Okay, so I’ve got all my veggies planted. I can put up my feet and relax now, right? Not exactly. What I Need to Do Now Here’s what I need to do now: Stay on top of weeds. Right now, weed seedlings are already popping up in my freshly planted raised beds. If I slack…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – May Gardening Tips

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

MAY IS A PERFECT MONTH TO GET OUTSIDE AND SO SOME GARDENING GET READY, GET SET, GO!!! – WITH ALL OUTDOOR GARDENING ACTIVITIES It would be very rare for us to have any cold, frosty nights from here on out. So many gardeners use the first part of May to get started with gardening, especially…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Moving Indoor Plants Outside for the Summer

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

It’s May—Finally! All danger of frost is past, right? Not exactly. We did have a surprise frost last year in mid-May!!!  Normally, we’re pretty safe in considering ourselves out of the woods now.  And I’m proving it by moving my orchids, citrus, and other houseplants outside for the summer.  After last year, however, I’m going to move them…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Water the Right Way

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

This Friday, May 30th, is National Water a Flower Day. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Or maybe it isn’t. Improper watering is probably the number one killer of houseplants—and garden plants, too. We’re so concerned about keeping plants watered, that we often forget they also need air. Yes, plants do breathe! Let Your Plants Breathe…

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…

BONNIE’S GARDEN: Fresh Corn Ahead – How to Grow Your Own

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Is anything tastier or more essentially “summer” than fresh corn? Because the sugar in corn begins to convert to starch soon after picking, Grandma always said to get the water boiling then go pick the corn, but there are now sugar-enhanced varieties that hold their sweetness for a few days after picking. Still, fresher is…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – 4 Ways to Prevent Garden Problems

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Are you planting your first vegetable garden this year—or have you gardened in the past but always seem to wind up with one problem or another? Unfortunately, our commonly grown garden vegetables are prone to certain problems. Tomatoes can get Early Blight, Late Blight, Southern Blight, Gray Leaf Spot, Septoria Leaf Spot, Verticillium Wilt, Anthracnose,…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Move Your Indoor Plants Outside Safely

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Ah, May. All danger of frost is past—mostly. Although we have had a frost as late as May 10th here (it was a LONG time ago), we’re pretty safe in considering ourselves out of the woods now. And I’m proving it by moving my orchids, citrus, and other houseplants outside for the summer. Here’s How…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Are You Being Bugged Yet?

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

WITH WARMER DAYS COMES THE CROP OF BUGGY PESTS Here we are the end of May after Memorial Day weekend and the “unofficial” start of summer. And, hotter days. Unfortunately, it is also the beginning of bugs on our plants and flowers. It is frustrating to watch plants we’ve struggled so hard to get going…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – 12 Interesting and Fun Gardening Facts I’ve Learned

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’ve enjoyed writing blogs for The Great Big Greenhouse for the past few years. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most is learning new and interesting facts. I thought I’d share with you 12 of the most fun and interesting things I’ve learned so far: There are several species of fireflies native to Virginia. Most…

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