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Holiday Containers

Author Avery Ellis Hotpots Head Gardner   For many Virginia gardeners, the start of December brings a chance to breathe. The frosty mornings and early dark of winter signal a slowing of the pace, a moment to step back and rest after an autumn of hard work. But really, it’s not time to breathe yet! For Hotpots, the start of December is the start of...

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Sow Seeds This Fall

Most of us do not think of planting seeds or plants in the fall as the traditional garden season is almost over, and the dreary prospect of a winter without fresh produce looms.  With care, however, there are many vegetable groups that can be encouraged to "over-winter" in your garden. Most greens will grow if planted in the fall and will provide delicious salads for...

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BULBS – Fall is the Time to Think of Spring

While the summer days were hot and humid, you did not mind viewing the fruit of your gardening labors from inside (with the air conditioner running).  Now the days are starting to cool off; mornings and evenings are pleasant again. Just when you need an excuse to go out and play in your garden - it’s Fall Bulb Planting Time! Bulbs planted in fall can make your...

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Protect Your Landscape

(Photo Caption: Boxwood Leafminer) Free Plant Health Care Assessment Dear JWT Clients, We would like to thank you for your continued support of our services.  As we near the end of summer, conditions are becoming ideal again for fungus and disease to thrive in the landscape. This includes trees, shrubs and turf. If you're currently a JWT maintenance client,...

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A Taste of Homegrown

Now is the time of year when you may have an abundance of tomatoes from your garden.  A great way to utilize fresh tomatoes and basil from your garden is this simple and delicious recipe. Bruschetta Fresca 2 cups diced tomatoes 8 leaves fresh basil, chopped 2 cloves garlic, halved 8 slices of baguette Olive Oil Salt and pepper Dice tomatoes...

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Summer Management for Cool-Season Grass (Fescue) Maintaining cool-season turf grass during the summer season is very difficult due to high temperatures, high humidity and periods of drought.  These conditions can increase the risk of summer diseases and can affect the overall appearance of your turf.  The ideal temperature for successful cool-season grass is 80° and...

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