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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.

Tips From Richard: Early Season Bulbs

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 4:22pm -- WCVE

Allow the foliage of your early season bulbs to die back on its own. After the blooms are finished, the plants leaves are storing vital nutrients for next year’s blooms. Removing the leaves while they are still green could prevent next year’s crop of blooms.

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

Tips From Richard: Liriope Grass

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:26am -- WCVE
Cut back liriope, or Monkey Grass. Getting rid of the old leaves will make way for the new growth that will emerge in a few weeks. Removing the old growth not only improves the appearance of the plant but eliminates the added stress of trying to support the old growth as well as the new growth.
 
Be sure to read Richard’s weekly Garden Q & A in the Saturday Home Section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Till Cover Crops

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:51am -- WCVE

Till your garden cover crop into the soil, as soon as you can work 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.

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