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We're trying this today!
05/30/2022

We're trying this today!

Put a banana peel in a jar of water for a day or two then pour only the water at the base of each tomato plant. Each time you do this, new tomato blossoms will pop up and the plants will go bigger.

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06/10/2020

Master Gardeners! The DEADLINE to register for the Virtual Master Gardener College is JUNE 19!

Open to EMGs, trainees, & interns - our annual continuing education event goes online for the first time! Join us June 25-28 for four keynote speakers, four concurrent sessions, and a special welcome/closing.

Register now: https://tinyurl.com/2020MGCollege
DEADLINE to register: June 19

For registered attendees, recordings of all sessions will be available for viewing later (that's right--if you choose, you can watch all the concurrent sessions later!)

More details on how this will work & the full program: https://mastergardener.ext.vt.edu/college/registration/

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03/16/2017

What a great idea! You can get muffin tins at the dollar store!

Who knew?  I just added some to my list!
07/06/2016

Who knew? I just added some to my list!

Epsom salt isn't just for aches and pains...

02/06/2016

The local library has great (FREE) upcoming clinics on gardening. Here is one that stood out to us:

Butterfly Gardening
England Run Library
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 7:00pm
Attract butterflies to your yard and create sustainable habitat for these beautiful creatures. Master Gardener Mary Henderson talks about choosing plants, the difference between host and nectar plants, what butterflies you're likely to attract, and more!

03/12/2015

Some great late Winter/pre-Spring tips from Meadows Farms Nurseries and Landscape!
- Recent snow and ice storms have caused some damage to trees and shrubs. Broken branches can be pruned at anytime in March, but it is advisable to hold off on pruning viable branches only because leaves of evergreens are brown. New growth should be evident on branches by late April, and only then should dead wood be trimmed.
- The month of March is ideal for planting trees and shrubs. Planting of many perennials should wait a few weeks, and tender annuals should be delayed until the threat of freeze and frost is past.
- Frost and freezing temperatures are not unusual through March. There is no reason to be concerned as flowers of daffodils and snowdrops emerge into subfreezing temperatures. These plants are well suited to tolerating cold, and rarely are temperatures cold enough to be a problem. The same is true of winter flowering witch hazels and other late winter flowering shrubs. No additional cold protection is neccesary.
- The blooms of early flowering Star magnolias can be damaged by cold temperatures, but this does no harm to the tree. Magolias that flower a few weeks later are rarely bothered by the cold.
- March is an ideal time to begin spring lawn renovations, though overseeding with grass seed must not be done if w**d and feed fertilizer is applied. We recommend that the most effective lawn improvement is core aeration and topdressing with compost. Overseeding in early spring can help fill bare spots, or thicken an entire lawn.
- The top growth of many perennials and ornamental grasses should be cut off prior to new spring growth, which typically begins in late March or early April. The method varies between plants, but care should be taken not to grab and jerk foliage that might still be anchored so that roots are disturbed. It is best to cut rather than pull foliage.

10/21/2014

Some great advice for Fall pruning from Meadows Farms Nurseries and Landscape! I highly recommend signing up for the emails!!! Garden nuggets -
- Spring flowering shrubs should not be pruned in autumn or spring blooms will be removed. If pruning is necessary it is best to remove select branches to reduce the shrub's size.
- Late developing flower buds of shrubs such as mophead hydrangeas often do not have sufficient time to bloom before frost. The flower buds are lost to the cold temperatures, but no harm is done to the shrub.
- Many roses will continue to flower until overnight temperatures dip into the upper twenties. No harm is done.
- Autumn flowering camellias are not bothered by typical cold temperatures through December. With much colder than average weather buds will remain closed, then flower when temperatures warm up.
- There's still time to plant spring bulbs through October, and any bulbs left unplanted can be planted with satisfactory results if the ground does not freeze. But, the sooner the better.
- Tropical plants left outdoors through the summer must be brought in prior to the first hard frost. Many tropicals will tolerate temperatures into the high thirties, but must be protected from freezing temperatures.
- Leaves from deciduous trees and shrubs that fall can be composted to create a wonderful soil amendment. Shredded leaves also make an excellent mulch for planting beds. Over a few years adding shredded leaves or a layer of compost to hardpan clay soils can result in a dramatic improvement as earthworms work their magic.
- Garden ponds should be covered with a net to prevent leaves from accumulating in the bottom. Decaying leaves in a frozen pond can be detrimental to fish. Otherwise, koi and goldfish can be overwintered outdoors as long as a hole in the ice is kept open to allow ahrmful gasses to escape. Moving water of streams and waterfalls rarely freezes, so many ponds can remain operating through the winter.

Happy First Day of Fall!!!
09/22/2014

Happy First Day of Fall!!!

By George, It's Fall! Here's to a great apple pickin', pumpkin carvin', nature walkin', leaf pile jumpin', turkey trottin', football watchin', hay-ridin' Fall!

09/11/2014

If you also had beetle problems this year, now is the time to get 'milky spore' down to kill the grubs and prevent more beetles next year ... and prevent moles/groundhogs this Fall/Winter/Spring! Link for more information in the comments.

If you have kids, this is a fun, hands-on approach to teach them about gardening!
06/18/2014

If you have kids, this is a fun, hands-on approach to teach them about gardening!

Weekly local newsletter of kid-friendly events and activities.

06/14/2014

We have 2 of these 5 recommended herbs so far! (sage and mint) What herbs are you growing?

06/11/2014

"Composting is a wonderful way to add nutrients and beneficial organisms to your garden soil, and a great way to help the planet by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills." Do any of you compost? What is your best tip for someone wanting to start? http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/4955/

Composting is a wonderful way to add nutrients and beneficial organisms to your garden soil, and a great way to help the planet by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills. A compost pile is ...

I don't know about you, but I noticed some changes in my hair.  I started wearing a hat, but the uv rays are still takin...
06/10/2014

I don't know about you, but I noticed some changes in my hair. I started wearing a hat, but the uv rays are still taking their toll. After searching, I found this great article about warm weather hair care. What do you do to protect your hair? http://www.bhg.com/beauty-fashion/hair/warm-weather-hair-care/?socsrc=bhgfb0608146

Help nurse your hair back to optimum health with this simple treatment plan.

Start a bug war and keep "bad" critter/bugs away the natural way - with "good" bugs!  http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/0...
06/09/2014

Start a bug war and keep "bad" critter/bugs away the natural way - with "good" bugs! http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/03/natural-insect-control-for-gardens/?ext=FB_GC_PP_Registrations_natural-insect-control-for-gardens_2014-06-08_1530&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social%20Engagement&utm_campaign=-Registrations&initialPage=true

When your garden is under attack, instead of reaching for a bug spray, stop and think about using natural, environmentally-friendly insect control methods for gardens instead. Here are two tips for controlling garden pests in a natural and chemical-free way.

Gorgeous!  Would anyone like to go on a field trip to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden?
06/08/2014

Gorgeous! Would anyone like to go on a field trip to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden?

These monarch caterpillars in Butterflies LIVE! recently pupated. You can now see their chrysalises in the Monarch Nursery. We can't wait to see them become butterflies! ~Annie Raup, Lead Butterfly Curator

06/04/2014

Jason from Bartlett's Expert Tree Service is coming by today to plan our first meeting! Stay tuned for a what-to-expect from this hands-on event!!!

I love it when they make it easy for us!  http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/05/garden-crops/
06/01/2014

I love it when they make it easy for us! http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/05/garden-crops/

Developing a green thumb takes time and experience, and starting with simple, easy-to-grow garden crops is your key to success. For those of you who are first-time gardeners, the following plants will surely give you great success.

06/01/2014

... And tomatoes! Everyone should have the tastiest tomatoes coming from their garden! Here are some great tips!

Some great tips to make gardening EASIER for us newbies!  http://gardening.about.com/od/gardendesign/a/Gardeneasy.htm
05/29/2014

Some great tips to make gardening EASIER for us newbies! http://gardening.about.com/od/gardendesign/a/Gardeneasy.htm

Gardening easier means you can garden more. Use these smart gardening tips to make your gardening chores and maintenance less time and labor consuming and make your time in the garden more enjoyable.

This may be a fun and interesting craft to do!  A bag of cement is not that expensive, but there is a lot there ... more...
05/28/2014

This may be a fun and interesting craft to do! A bag of cement is not that expensive, but there is a lot there ... more than one person would need. Would anyone like to join me in making these for our gardens? http://www.timberpress.com/blog/dig-deeper-newsletter-august-2011/

DIY garden project: concrete stepping stones Working with concrete in the garden is both simple and affordable! In their new book, Concrete Garden Projects: Easy & Inexpensive Containers, Furni...

Make your own succulent centerpiece in just 30 minutes! Learn how here: http://bhgmag.co/1jefman
05/27/2014

Make your own succulent centerpiece in just 30 minutes! Learn how here: http://bhgmag.co/1jefman

Watch Gorgeous Succulent Centerpiece In 30 Minutes! in the Better Homes and Gardens Video

Happy Friday and Memorial day weekend everyone! Here is the Frugal Friday tip of the week. Can't afford an expensive rai...
05/23/2014

Happy Friday and Memorial day weekend everyone! Here is the Frugal Friday tip of the week. Can't afford an expensive rain barrel or have time to make one yourself? Easy fix! When you know it's about to rain, stick some bowls, buckets or even a kids water table outside to catch the rain! I sat a bunch of them out yesterday and now I have enough water to water all my potted plants at least once a day until probably Monday or even Tuesday!

05/22/2014

Tomorrow is Frugal Friday! Every Friday there will be tips on how to use what you have or use as little money as possible for decorating, planting and watering your plants. Happy Friday eve everyone!

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Does anybody know of a place within 30 miles of Fredericksburg that has a cherry blossom tree collection? I'd like to take some pictures of my family and dog. The drive to DC can be so stressful. Thanks
The new lilac is either confused or stubborn because it had sprouted a bloom. I'm excited for next spring because it smells delightful!
Planted the lilac! Here's hoping it'll survive and thrive!
Question: I want to plant a lilac this fall. I've researched what the plant needs but otherwise know very little about them. Can I plant in the fall instead of the spring? Should I look for a particular type of lilac for this area? I've called a few nurseries and there are some available. Thank you!