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Cooking with tomatoes? Bust out the basil!

Cooking with tomatoes? Bust out the basil!
A container or garden-corner for growing basil will complement your tomatoes—in the landscape and in the kitchen.



Tips for planting your own tomatoes

Tips for planting your own tomatoes
Like any produce, tomatoes grow best with proper care. The following are some tomato-growing tips:



Extra attention helps cut flowers stay vibrant longer

Extra attention helps cut flowers stay vibrant longer
Cut flowers can brighten up your day—and your home. If you received fresh flowers this holiday season and want to keep them fresher longer, a little extra attention can go a long way.



Gardeners advised to toughen up seedlings for spring planting

Gardeners advised to toughen up seedlings for spring planting
Now that it’s officially spring, gardeners who started their own transplants from seed over the winter are thinking about putting them in the ground.



Accessorize your garden with statuary, bird baths this spring

Accessorize your garden with statuary, bird baths this spring
Whether you are designing a formal or informal garden space, consider adding statuary, bird baths and large planters for year-round appeal. And for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, consider gifting one of these beautiful items.



Don’t let moles and voles destroy your luscious lawn

Don’t let moles and voles destroy your luscious lawn
If you’ve recently discovered tunnels or uprooted plants in your yard, you may have a mole or vole problem.



Recycled trees are post-holiday gifts for the environment

Recycled trees are post-holiday gifts for the environment
Jennifer Gagnon, Virginia Forest Landowner Education program coordinator, said fresh-cut Christmas trees can be recycled or repurposed into natural products, wildlife habitat or feeding areas to attract wildlife.



Lilacs not blooming? See if they get enough light

Lilacs in bloom are a lush, purple highlight on a home landscape, but if your lilac bush didn’t bloom this year, horticulturalist Mark Viette of Viette Nurseries in Augusta County has a solution.



Test your soil now to grow better crops and gardens

Test your soil now to grow better crops and gardens
Most Virginians take the winter off from gardening, but cold months are a great time to test your soil, said Chris Mullins, a Virginia Cooperative Extension greenhouse specialist at Virginia State University.



Re-use your Christmas trees after the holidays

When the holidays are over, you could chuck your Christmas tree into the woods or take it to the dump, but there are plenty of ways you can repurpose it.



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