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Crazy Weather, Happy Daze

Crazy Weather, Happy Daze

While spring seems to have finally sprung, Mother Nature did throw us a curve or two!  For our area Mothers Day is usually the mark of “no more frost” but that did not hold true this year.  Many tender plants felt the cold kiss and have suffered setbacks if not death.  One gardener told me “Only tomatoes and cucumbers from now on!”.   The frustration is real and patience is a true virtue of the gardener. The ground dried up and cracked open.  The heavy clay soil in this area is mostly void of organic matter which hold the moisture and keeps the clay from turning to brick.  The addition of compost and sand builds essential soil structure  needed for veggies.  While most flowers can grow in poorer soils,  they will thrive in soil with even modest amendmen...
Plant and Watch Em’ Grow

Plant and Watch Em’ Grow

Now is the time!  If you haven’t started you seed now is the time.  While the little plants start to grow prep your ground and get ready  to watch em’ grow.  I can almost taste those fresh tomatoes already!  Sweet Corn!  Ahhh my tummy is growling.  If you are saying I don’t have anywhere to plant anything, don’t distress.  Make a raised bed with boards, timbers, fallen trees or cross-ties and fill with Garden Blend Soil Mix and you are ready to plant.  Spread a little mulch or straw for weed control and to maximize water retention.  Soon you will be tending your crops with pride and joy.  Happy Gardening!
Spring Supplies and Landscaping Materials

Spring Supplies and Landscaping Materials

Spring is really exciting already, but beware of the sneaky freeze.  For this area we are not truly past the danger zone until about mid May.   This unseasonable heat wave can tease and tempt us to plant when we should wait a little longer.  All the beautiful flowers at the garden centers lure us in and send us into a mad frenzy.  Especially after the home bound winter we have had.  Keep the frost blanket handy!  Some old curtains work great for this too.  JMJ, The Landscape Supply Centerhas the Garden Blend Soil Mix for all your beds and raised garden plots.  This spring brings an abundance of new products as well.  New items include grass seed, sod, fertilizer, straw blanket and pine needle mulch.  Be sure to stop in and check them out.  Get your hands in the dirt and enjoy...
The Full Measure of Love

The Full Measure of Love

February is like the door to spring. We start to dream of the flowers soon to come, the warming days of Spring and freedom from the bondage of the cold winter. While the snow is still covering the ground it is a great time to do some pruning of trees and shrubs. One thing to remember…don’t cut off your flowers and fruit. Azaleas and rhododendrons bloom on the previous years growth so prune only after flowering. Speaking of flowers! Valentines Day is our official day to recognize “True Love” Now comes the question “What do I get my sweetheart and the ones I love?” Remember that gifts from the heart usually can’t be bought with money and the greatest gift is one of your time. Instead of buying a card, make one. Instead of buying some candy, make some...
Will We Have An Early Spring?

Will We Have An Early Spring?

Our old friend “Punxsutawney Phil” let me down! I really was hoping for an early spring. Now, in the face of another huge snowstorm bearing down on central Virginia, I am wondering if I will be able to even get on the garden to prep it before summer! Oh well, that’s enough whining. The water table in our area has been down for years and the snow actually creates pressure to force the water down. The up side is we do get a greater benefit from the snow than the heavy rain that just runs off and washes the topsoil away with it. This is good! For all of us outdoor lovers, cabin fever has us climbing the walls and shoveling snow just doesn’t cut it. If you’ve had the misfortune to be attacked by some of the winter bugs floating around try some of these homegrown h...
Where to start with your spring garden planning!

Where to start with your spring garden planning!

Water, Water everywhere! A wonderful thing actually, even though it seems we are being washed away at present. The soil in our area is mostly a heavy clay that doesn’t drain well and needs amending for a good garden. It’s great for making brick! There are many choices for soil amendment and the reason behind each one varies. Most of us have heard about the benefits of compost. Compost is really just a decomposed organic material typically made from yard waste, leaves, bark and food scraps (never use any meat products). Compost adds nutrients, holds moisture and improves soil structure. Tilling in leaves in the fall is a great way to get rid of your leaves and improve your garden and the composting is done in the ground. Sand or small stone are added for drainage. A course sand...

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