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 […]

Forsythia and Life in a Cold Pocket

I tell Master Gardener friends that I live on a cold little ridge in the western part of Shenandoah County. Some of them tease me that I’m imagining it’s colder “up here” at 1,300+ feet, but it truly is! When you add in that chilly breeze from West Virginia blowing through the gap, it’s downright […]

Reorganizing Seed Packets in the Snow

previously organized seed packets

We’ve had one whopper of a snowstorm this year, as well as several smaller snowfalls. We had over two feet during the first real snow of the year!

I love the first snow, even if it’s a lot, especially when it comes on the heels of an 80-degree Christmas. I […]

Shenandoah Valley Plants Ready for Spring

Plants are starting to grow up here on our little mountain ridge!

The weeds are probably doing best, but the perennials are also making a decent showing.

The daffodils, as usual, were the first to break ground, but the achillea and chamomile weren’t far behind!

I’m also happy to see the garlic doing well (though needing […]

Crocus Brings First Color of Shenandoah Spring

purple crocus

It’s a small thing…a hint of color between the brown stems of last year’s goldenrod.

Every year I look forward to this little bit of bright color, and today was the day when every blossom opened.

Sometimes motivation comes in small packages!

I hope you enjoy the last weeks of winter. I’m […]