Extend Your Vegetable Garden Into Fall

By Misty Kuceris, Horticulturalist, ©2019 Summer vegetable garden chores aren’t over when the last zucchini is picked and you still find some green tomatoes clinging to their vines, yet you know they won’t ripen any longer because the season is changing to fall. This is an exciting time to start planting cool season crops, what […]

Fall Lawn Maintenance

By Misty Kuceris, Horticulturalist ©2019 Fall in Northern Virginia is the most important time to take care of your lawn since the majority of homes have cool season grasses. That means your lawn is either tall fescue, or a combination of tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass. (For those of you who have a […]

Growing Greens on Your Patio

By Misty Kuceris, Horticulturalist ©2019 Fall is the time for cold crops. These are edible plants which love to grow in the cool months of Fall. The most common cold crop is lettuce. But there are other cold crops as well: beans, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, peas, radishes, spinach, […]

Building a Raised Bed

Building a Raised Bed By Misty Kuceris, Horticulturalist Raised beds are gardens which are higher than the surrounding soil and usually limited to a size where you can work the bed without having to step in it. There are several advantages to a raised bed: You can improve soil conditions without having to dig as […]

Herbs and Companion Planting

Compiled by Misty Kuceris, Horticulturalist Herbs, while wonderful for culinary purposes, are great companion plants in your vegetable garden. They attract beneficial insects which protect your plants from harmful insects. They increase pollination rates which can increase the growth and production of your vegetables. They can also repel harmful insects and predators. Basil. Always plant […]