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Virginia Gardens

Winterizing your garden

by Staff on November 21, 2014

The leaves have fallen off the trees, the air is cold and the holidays are fast approaching. Homeowners take a lot of time to winterize and protect their home from the long, cold winter. But what about your garden? Taking some simple steps now will help make a tremendous difference next spring!

Remove weeds, dead leaves and any plants that have died. When in doubt- pull it up, roots too! Insects lay eggs on old plants which can survive the winter months. Cut back any old and dead foliage.
Virginia Plant IdentificationNow might be a good time to record in a journal- what you planted, did it grow and any techniques you used that worked or didn’t work. Chances are- you won’t remember in 6 months!

Dig up your summer bulbs like begonias and store them in a paper bag in your cellar. These bulbs won’t survive the winter. Also, late fall is the time you can plant spring bulbs. However, it needs to be done before the ground is too frozen to work with.

Protect your garden by spreading mulch everywhere. It will help protect the roots. Don’t forget to water your trees and shrubs. They need water during the winter months. You can also continue to water them when it’s warm in the winter, typically above freezing.

If possible, bring potted plants inside or wrap them in insulating material.

A little extra effort and time now will help you have vibrant, colorful and healthy garden in the spring.

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Farm Tour on Labor Day

by Staff on August 20, 2014

Charlottesville Farm TourHey Central Virginia food lovers!   Save Labor Day, Sept. 1st, for a time to attend a FOOD FEST from the specialty farmers of Central VA.  More than a dozen farms will welcome you on your tour and you can sample treats from their herbs, organic foods, creameries, mushroom farms, apple cider farms and many other unique and interesting places.   Here’s your chance to see and taste the best of innovative agriculture from the same farmers who grow your food.  Great entertainment for the whole family!

The event is called  Meet Yer Eats  and you can go to that link for details of the farms who will host you …. and the price is great because one pass allows a whole carful of people to enter.  Here’s a list of the specific farms and details like directions etc.     Have fun!

10AM to 4PM  -  on Monday (Labor Day) –  Sept. 1, 2014

 

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Heirloom Tomatoes

by Staff August 17, 2014

August reminds me of the part of the summer when my mother used to treat me to a tomato sandwich.  I know that sounds strangely simple in this age of fast food smorgasbords, but a tomato/mayo sandwich on fresh bread… tomato still warm from the garden… is a cherished memory that I can still taste and smell [...]

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Let The Sweet Corn Begin

by Staff June 27, 2014

This culinary experience is a bit like eating local fresh strawberries or asparagus … if you eat local sweet corn when it’s in season, it’s a wonderful treat.  Although our local strawberry season is mostly done, the corn season is just beginning.  And it’s shaping up as one of the best corn crops ever in Virginia. We’ve had [...]

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The Scent of Virginia

by Staff March 29, 2014

Close your eyes and what comes to you when you think about “Virginia”?   Is it the climate?  Peanuts?  Civil War?  “Y’all”? For me, I not only envision the beautiful mountain backdrops, I also see fenced grand estates and horse farms much like the ones in Keswick in Albemarle County. And while my eyes are closed, there’s another sensory experience that says “Virginia”:  the smell of [...]

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The Boxwoods of Virginia

by Staff November 29, 2013

One of the most defining details of Virginia residential landscaping, is the boxwood plant.  Used primarily as a border plant, it sets the southern mood and tone for estates, driveways, even commercial business plantings.  Because they tend to be rounded in shape, a row of boxwoods can add a “formal” appearance wherever they’re used.  There [...]

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