Gardening Is For The Birds

goldfinch on coneflowerFeed the birds. While you are at it, give them a drink or two, some shelter, a nursery and a good neighborhood in which to raise their little ones. We can garden in certain ways to attract birds to our backyards — and make it hospitable for them to stay.
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Open A Can Of Worms For Your Garden

red wormsIf you are an early bird or an early adopter, consider vermicomposting. This new method of composting that uses earthworms to break down organic waste is catching on. Explore the basics, and discover if this might be your easy ticket to producing rich compost for your garden.
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Seed Catalogs Are On Their Way

seedsThose luscious, full-color catalogs of juicy vegetables, eye-popping annuals and All-American selections are on their way. How much of these garden catalog descriptions can you believe? How do you select the right tomato seed from the three dozen varieties listed? We can help.
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Name That Tree

name that treeThis one is native to the eastern U.S. and common in Northern Virginia. The tree can grow quite large. The needles are 2 ½ to 5 inches in length. It is the only native conifer to have needles in bundles of five. Here are your choices:
a. Eastern white pine
b. Southern yellow pine
c. Loblolly pine
d. Shortleaf pine
e. Virginia pine
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Late Bloomer

book coverAs we age, we tend to garden more. However, gardens need not be our work in progress — never completed. Accept the fact that they will never be perfect. Explore some myths about gardening that may alter your thinking and make it a pleasurable experience rather than a dreaded chore.
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Soil Blockers: Help or Hype?

soil blocksSeed-starting season is almost here. There are many choices of containers to use for this task, but if you dislike buying endless peat pots and bags of potting mix and then planting and transplanting dozens of seedlings, here’s a gizmo that could make things easier for you.
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Gardeners’ Seed Exchange

Williamsburg arrangementMeet with other gardeners to swap seeds and stories at the annual Washington Gardener Magazine Seed Exchange. Hosted at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria in early February, it’s a great way to get your garden juices flowing for the coming season. Stop in with your own contributions to the event, and select some seeds to take home.
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