Tomato Hornworms Glowing in the Dark

hornworm under blacklight

I learned from another Master Gardener Volunteer that tomato and tobacco hornworms actually glow in the dark under blacklight.  Armed with this knowledge and a cheap blacklight from Amazon, I took a little trip out to the veggie garden this evening for a most gruesome task… dispatching the hornworms munching on […]

Shenandoah Valley Farmers Markets

farmers market purchases

Running low on tomatoes or cucumbers in your garden? If so, hit one of the Shenandoah Valley’s many farmers markets and get just about anything!

My favorite market is the Harrisonburg Market. Many no-pesticide farmers and just about every fruit one would want. It’s worth a 45-minute drive Saturday mornings!

This market […]

Passamaquoddy Loop Hike in Shenandoah National Park

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service!

How nice! Instead of expecting a gift from its guests, NPS gave a gift to the public: free admission at national parks.

Hubby and I took advantage of the free entry by visiting Shenandoah National Park for a hike.

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Why do I Try to Grow Tomatoes in Virginia

harvest

It’s a steamy August here in the mid Atlantic, and the garden is still plugging along. Some great production and some not so great — the cucumbers are slowing down, the onions were tiny, the garlic harvest was great, and the peppers have flourished.

The tomatoes… well, they’re hanging in there! I try to […]

Roaring Run Hike Near Roanoke

roaring run

On a recent visit with my sister in Roanoke, we were blessed with a beautiful clear morning after a week of very hot and humid weather.

My active sister suggested we take a short hike at Roaring Run, a beautiful little 1.5 mile round-trip hike about an hour from her home. I had […]