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Tips From Richard: Till Garden Cover Crop

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 9:23am -- WCVE

Till your garden cover crop into the soil. Fall planted cover crops have done their job of preventing erosion and need to be incorporated into the soil at least two weeks before you begin planting your early season crops. These cover crops can dramatically increase the valuable organic matter in your garden soil.

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

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.

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