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BONNIE’S GARDEN – How to Grow a Rainbow

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I love the iris family of flowers! And right now is the ideal time to plant this hardy, beautiful gift from Mother Nature. Let’s learn some interesting facts about irises, and talk about how you can plant them in your garden to create an amazing rainbow of colors in the spring. Interesting Facts About Irises…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Late Summer Color

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

LATE SUMMER CAN BE A TRICKY TIME OF YEAR FOR COLOR IN THE GARDEN Here we are in the last days of August. Gardeners are looking for more color for their gardens or containers. Summer blooming annuals continue to produce color as long as you support them with a haircut and monthly feeding. And, of…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Ten Fun Facts About Peaches

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

August is National Peach Month, so here are a few interesting facts about them: Ten Fun Facts About Peaches The botanical name is Prunus persica—which means Persian plum. Ancient Romans called them Persian Apples. Peaches are native to China where they are considered a symbol of good luck and longevity. Peaches are a member of…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Weeds, A Never Ending Story

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

SUMMER IS THE MOST STRESSFUL SEASON OF THE YEAR FOR LAWNS – EXCEPT FOR OUR LAWN WEEDS Here we are in mid-August. August is an important month in lawn care preparation. September will be here soon. But, we need to use this month to get our lawns in the best position possible before we think…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Preparing Your Garden For the Fall

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Fall is Just Around the Corner! Here’s How to Prepare Your Garden Here we are, dealing with summer heat and humidity and suddenly fall is looming on the horizon. There are some things to think about for fall: Your Summer Vegetable Garden Keep your summer veggies picked and be sure to stay on top of…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – Ornamental Grasses

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

SO MANY WONDERFUL VARIETIES It is now towards the end of July. It is hot. It is dry. It is humid. But, who loves this time of year? ORNAMENTAL GRASSES! This is their time of year to show off their beautiful blades of grass and their flower plumes. I fell in love with ornamental grasses…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Why Looking Up Helps Us Appreciate Our Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

So what do the Perseids meteor shower and growing a tomato have in common? They both require you to be outside, but is there more? Perhaps they both get us tuned in with what’s going on around us, whether you’re looking up at the heavens or connecting with Mother Nature in your garden. The Perseids…

LET’S TALK GARDENING – August Gardening Chores

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

HERE ARE SOME GARDENING TASKS TO DO THIS MONTH July turned out to be just that “JULY” — hot, humid, and a little on the dry side. But, hey, it is summer in Virginia. On the bright side of things, we are now one month closer to being September and the great Fall planting season….

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Common Tomato Problems and How to Fix Them

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’ve had so many customers come in recently with tomatoes in their hands or pictures of tomatoes on their phones because they have a problem with the fruit. With so many customers having tomato-growing challenges, I’m reposting this updated blog from last summer. If you’re growing tomatoes, here is a list of what you may…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Diatomaceous Earth

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Organic Insect Solution From Mother Nature Today, August 31, is National Diatomaceous Earth Day. So what is diatomaceous earth? Diatomaceous earth is the fossilized remains of a diatom—single-celled algae. Diatoms are estimated to be responsible for up to 50% of the world’s oxygen. Diatoms surround themselves with a shell made primarily of silica. The fossilized…

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