Our Favorite Tomato!
Our Favorite Tomato!

We often get asked what our favorite variety of tomato is! Here’s each of the Gary’s answers to that question! Gary Sr. Favorite: “Celebrity! A nice sized 8 oz. tomato that keeps well and has a good taste. Great for both canning and fresh eating!” Gary Jr. (Nelson) Favorite: “Cherokee Purple! A great heirloom tomato with the best flavor! The…

Vegetable Gardening 101
Vegetable Gardening 101

Vegetable Gardening 101 By: Gary Garner Sr.            It’s that time of the year and anyone that gardens even a little has the itch to get outside and starting to play in the soil and get something in the ground. The ones of us that have gardened most, if not all our lives, know the basics…

Growing Fruits in Containers
Growing Fruits in Containers

Small Space Endless opportunity! Most people know that a container garden can yield a plentiful harvest of vegetables but often overlook or forget about fruits…! Fruits can successfully be grown in containers! First and foremost, it’s important to note that fruits prefer full sun. Here’s a quick list of the best fruits to grow in containers: Strawberries Blueberries Blackberries /…

Plant Hardiness Zones Updated by USDA
Plant Hardiness Zones Updated by USDA

USDA Hardness Zone Updates In November 2023, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released an updated Plant Hardiness Zone map! Central Virginia remains firmly in zone 7 Much of the area shifted to the slightly warmer zone 7b (5° to 10° F) Small pockets remain in 7a (0° to 5° F) What this means for Central Virginia’s Gardeners: All…

October Do’s & Don’ts
October Do’s & Don’ts

            One of the big fall considerations is what should be done to or with our lawns. The last few weeks we have had plentiful rainfall and pleasant temperatures. Most lawns look good, especially for the time of year. With all the rain grass has been growing most of the summer. Lawns have had to be mowed weekly. This brings…

Fall is beginning to show!
Fall is beginning to show!

           By: Gary Garner Sr.             Like it or not Fall is right around the corner. Summer is slowly ending. Our summer plants are beginning to shut down. Production of summer vegetables is less each day. Tomatoes are smaller with more blemishes. We can try to stretch summer crops but only for so long.             Despite…

Ready or not fall is coming!
Ready or not fall is coming!

I’M THINKING FALL By: Gary Garner Sr.             It’s nearly ninety degrees and the sun is shining. Yes, its early August and summer gardens are still at peak production. Summer flowers are gorgeous. All the weather signs say its summer and it is. However, if we are going to have nice fall flowers and vegetables it is time to start…