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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…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Fall Is For Planting

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

AUGUST IS THE GATEWAY TO THE FALL PLANTING SEASON & THE GATES ARE OPENING Here we are in the last full week of August. What a month August has been, especially when it comes to rainfall. It has been a record month. And, most of our plants are very grateful for all this water, especially…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Six Fun Facts About Iris

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

In Greek mythology, Iris was a messenger from the gods who traveled to earth on a rainbow. Wherever she stepped, flowers sprang up. Iris means ‘rainbow’—appropriate when bearded iris comes in a vast array of colors from pure white to purple/black—and nearly every color in between. The three upright petals on an iris flower stand…

DOUG’S GARDENING BLOG – Gardening, A State of Mind

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

SOME THOUGHTS AS TO WHY WE GARDEN, ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR Here we are in mid-August and we are all struggling to understand and accept what has happened to our daily lives these past six months. One thing that is very evident to me is that more people and families have turned to the garden as…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Brighten Your Yard With Great Fall Color

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

I’ve had so many customers looking for late summer color—some because they just decided they want to accent that deck, patio or porch, and others because their summer annuals are starting to look a little “tired.” They want pretty fall colors. Pansies and mums are reliable favorites for fall color. There are other plants that…

DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – Using Gardening For Quality Family Time

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

NORMAL. SUCH A SIMPLE WORD BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN ANYMORE WHEN IT COMES TO PLANTS AND GARDENING? As I write this blog, Virginia and the entire U.S. is in the process of trying to re-open from the Great Shutdown brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. It seems that our local, state and national news…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – Happiness Happens in the Garden

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Did you know August is National Happiness Happens Month? I didn’t either until a customer told me and I looked it up. There it is—in black and white—“August is National Happiness Happens Month.” It did start me thinking about what makes me happy in my garden—the first bloom on my rose; every single solitary fragrant…

DOUG’S GARDEN BLOG – August Garden Tips

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

IT’S TIME FOR A MID-SUMMER GARDENING REPORT First, let’s recap the month of July. I think I can accurately describe the month of July in one word “UGH”!!! What a hot and dry month July turned out to be this year. 21 straight days of 90 degrees or better. Not a record. The record was…

BONNIE’S GARDEN – It’s Time to Think About Fall Veggies

By Bonnie Pega
Bonnie's Garden

Right now I’m inundated with tomatoes and zucchini. I’m sure my neighbors want to run when they see me heading their way with a bag of veggies in hand. But I have no more room on the kitchen counter!  And how many loaves of zucchini bread can you eat anyway? And, yet, in the midst of…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Fall Is the Best Time to Plant a Shade Tree

By Doug Hensel
Doug's Blog

TREES HELP OUR ENVIRONMENT September is here in just a few days. September is the month that kicks off the FALL IS FOR PLANTING season. Fall is the best time to plant shade trees. After all the hot days this past couple of months, shade can make life in Virginia more bearable. One strong reason…

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