Vegetable Garden Planner from Mother Earth News

Tonight I played around with Mother Earth News’ Vegetable Garden Planner, an online tool that allows you to “design your best garden ever.” It’s a versatile tool that allows you to figure out every detail of your garden.

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After an easy login and email verification process (and it seems most […]

Wordless Wedneday – Autumn Mountain at Sunrise

Autumn Mountain Color at Sunrise

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

Wetlands Trading Company

Wetlands Trading Company

When my friend Jackie said she was taking me to “The Wetlands,” I thought I was going to see a swampy area of the Shenandoah. (I’m a nature gal, so that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, mind you.) Instead, I was thrilled when we ended up at Wetlands Trading Company, […]

Deauville Fallow Deer Farm – Buying Local

Saturday a Shenandoah Valley friend took me to Deauville Fallow Deer Farm, just a few miles down the road in Basye. Gail Rose, the owner, is a wonderful lady who took the time to walk us around her greenhouse, pick-your-own gardens, the chicken coop, and the deer herd.

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Gail is an […]

Lilac Bloom in October on our Shenandoah Flower Farm

Today I feel even better about the name we chose for our Shenandoah Valley flower farm — Lilac Hill. I decided to reverse my daily walk around the yard with the border collie, and my “backwards” path allowed me to see something special: A lone bunch of blossoms on one of the lilac bushes that […]