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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.

Tips From Richard: Test Your Garden Soil

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:27am -- WCVE

Have the soil from your vegetable garden tested. As a result of this summer’s mild weather, many gardens produced an abundance of plant material. That good growth may have depleted your soil of some valuable nutrients. A simple test now will allow you to correct deficiencies in time for next spring’s garden.

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

Tips From Richard: Fall Leaf Uses

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:45am -- WCVE

Use as many of the fallen leaves as possible. Shredded, they make an excellent mulch for landscape beds. Contained and allowed to compost, they will produce a wonderful soil additive for next summer’s garden. If you’re down to just a few, mulch them on the lawn with the mower to increase the organic matter content of your soil.

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

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