Join us on         

WCVE

Articles by WCVE

Tips From Richard: Lime Substitute

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:01am -- WCVE

Spread wood ashes from your fireplace or wood stove on your lawn or garden as a lime substitute. Wood ash is highly alkaline so never use more than 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet. A soil test will help determine how much to use. Of course, make sure the ashes are completely cool before applying them.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tips From Richard: Sign Up For Gardening Classes

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:46pm -- WCVE

February is a great time to expand your knowledge and get some new ideas for this season’s garden. The horticulture staffs at Maymont and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offer a variety of classes during the next few months to help get your creative juices flowing. You can also contact your local office of Virginia Cooperative Extension for a schedule of the classes they offer.

Off With Their Heads!

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE producer Steve Clark explore the world of ant-decapitating flies and discuss new research on their behavior.

Photo above: An ant-decapitating fly (Phoridae: Pseudacteon sp.) inspects a potential host for its offspring, a fire ant (Formicidae: Solenopsis macdonaghi) in El Palmar National Park, Entre Rios, Argentina.

Tips From Richard: Clean Your Gardening Tools

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 10:32am -- WCVE

Often tools get put away after their last use without getting thoroughly cleaned. Check spades, rakes and hoes for soil stuck on the blades or tines. Pruning tools should be checked for any plant debris remaining on the blades. A drop of machine oil on the spring or pivot point will make pruning shears easier to use this spring.

Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Pages