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Tips From Richard: Fertilize Outdoor Container Plants

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:11am -- WCVE

Whether you’re growing annuals, perennials or vegetables in your containers, they should be fertilized about once a month with a general purpose water soluble fertilizer. For less frequent applications, try one of the slow release pelletized fertilizers specifically designed for container plants.

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

Tips From Richard: Control Bagworms

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 1:43pm -- WCVE

If bagworms were a problem on your conifers last year, now’s the time to treat those previously infested plants to control the larvae while they are still young. Any bags that survived the winter could have been holding eggs which have now hatched. Right now the larvae are tiny and practically impossible to see, but easy to control.

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

Virginia Home Grown: May 2014

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:42pm -- WCVE

Host Amy Williams talks with Ian Robertson about unusual plants for the garden that are readily available in garden centers. Co-host Peggy Singlemann meets with Landscape Architect Chris Hale at the Virginia State Capitol to talk about rain gardens. The Plant of the Month is the Japanese Snowbell ‘Pink Chimes’ (Styrax japonicus) presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Peggy Singlemann offers a Tip from Maymont about caring for and preserving large trees.
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Tips From Richard: Support Tomato Plants Early

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:33pm -- WCVE

Stake or cage your tomatoes while they’re still small enough to handle. Training them now will help keep the plants from spreading along the ground. Keeping your plants upright also increases air movement around the fruit and reduces the chances of disease.

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

Tips From Richard: Be Prepared To Protect Garden Plants

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:45am -- WCVE

Now that we’ve passed the average last frost date in Richmond--April 15--plant your tomatoes and peppers in the garden. Just be prepared to cover your plants if the weather report calls for a late frost in the next few weeks.

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

Tips From Richard: Prune Spring Blooming Plants

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:07pm -- WCVE

Prune forsythia and other spring blooming plants as soon as they finish blooming. This is the perfect time to help develop the plants size and structure for the coming season. Next year’s bloom buds will be set on the new growth that’s produced this year.

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

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