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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.

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.

Tips From Richard: Caring for Seasonal Gift Plants

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 1:56pm -- WCVE

Prepare your seasonal gift plants to be long lasting house plants. Most gift plants come with a decorative foil wrapped around the container. Now’s the time to either remove the foil or make holes in the base to allow moisture to run through the pot. As you put your decorations away, find a good location to continue growing your new plants.

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

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