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Murder on the Back Forty
Gardening in Central Virginia
This morning I committed murder – multiple times – before my first cup of coffee.
Our “back forty” is actually about 1/10 of an acre and it is our vegetable garden. I love it and am very proud of it. We’ve built a series of raised beds for everything from asparagus to squash to several types of berries. This year, I am raising eight varieties of peppers! But it’s the squash that gets me out of the house before coffee….
In an effort to thwart squash bugs, which if left unattended, will completely decimate your squash and cucumber plants, I have developed a morning routine. Included is a methodical inspection of each leaf of each plants, in search of squash bug eggs.
This morning, I moved to my second squash plant, lifted a large rear leaf and was greeted with one of these guys… Read more
We had a relatively drag-y sort of winter… you know, the type that seems to not want to end. We had just a couple of heavy snows, and the rest of the winter was dry and cold. A week ago, I was beginning to prepare the beds for upcoming vegetable planting, and I wondered if my Lilacs were dead. Two days later, after a bit of warmth and rain, and WOW… everything is popping out all over.
CLASSIC all-brick Colonial, completely updated and renovated with fine materials and smart design. Located on a lovely 2.44 acres on an Earlysville cul de sac, right off of one of the area’s greatest rural neighborhood area, Bleak House Road.
Two story Colonial with wood and ceramic floors upstairs and on the terrace level, carpet and tile in bedrooms and baths upstairs. Four bedrooms, three and one half baths, new roof, appliances, hot water heater, and more. Natural gas available to property. Call Virginia Gardner to preview, 434-981-0871.