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Virginia Landscaping

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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Pastures Streams and Trees Advice

by Staff on September 29, 2014

The Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (VDACS) sponsors a lot of interesting workshops and seminars.  Some workshops  aim for an audience of new or potential farmers while other target the existing experienced farmers in the state.  On 11-8-14 they have a seminar scheduled that should attract farmers in all stages of farm experience.

On that date (Nov. 8th) they will host a day-long seminar on Agroforestry, which is not as complicated as the word would suggest.  Basically this is a management system for not only pastures but also for streams and trees…. that enhances the variety of farm products possible on the property while improving the condition of the land and its farm animals.  Check out the link above for details on the seminar.  It sounds interesting and creative!

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Edible Landscapes in Virginia

by Staff September 22, 2014

For those who want to integrate themselves into the Virginia agricultural landscape, one fine way to accomplish that is by selecting plants, trees, flowers, and bushes that thrive in our climate … and are also edible.   It’s fun, it’s efficient, it makes sense. But often folks aren’t exactly sure which plants are edible or which plants [...]

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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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Fluvanna County Master Gardener Training

by Sue November 21, 2013

Fluvanna Master Gardeners will hold their 2014 training classes on Thursdays from 6PM-9PM, January 23-April 10, 2014. A Training class orientation will be held at the Fluvanna Library on December 5th from 7PM-8:30PM. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener please visit the Fluvanna Master Gardeners website.

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