Find a Dragonfly at the Plant Sale

By Carol Nelson – VCE Southside Master GardenerSpring 2022 The mornings are still a little cool to see many flying insects in our gardens – but in a couple weeks the butterflies and moths will be out in force, as well as the peskier sorts like mosquitoes, midges, and winged termites. Soon we will also …

Welcome to Hawkfield Manor

PERSON COUNTY, NC- Our names are Jonathan and Heather Hawkins, and, along with our six children: Jason (15), Tyler (14), Micah (12), Emilie (10), Olivia (8), and Benjamin (3), we own and run Hawkfield Manor on our cousin’s farm in rural Person County. Our cousins have supported us in our livestock endeavors and have opened …

Beyond the Green Thumb – Trees, Shrubs and Flowers

By Darnell Abbott Though the end of the gardening season can be bittersweet, I love winter gardening for many reasons. It just feels right that the plant world gets to take a rest. Sometimes, I think I can hear the trees, shrubs and perennials breathe a collective sigh of relief that winter is here and …

Beyond the Green Thumb – Fall is Your Best Friend for a Beautiful Lawn and Landscape

Everyone is familiar with the term “green thumb,” and at our garden center, I constantly hear people say they do not have a green thumb. However, I believe that the secret to gardening success, or having a “green thumb,” really boils down to two things: a “green brain” and a “green back.” For a beautiful …

Beyond the Green Thumb – Green Brain/Green Back for Vegetable Gardening Success

By Darnell Abbott Vegetable gardening can be one of the most rewarding endeavors; growing your own food is extremely satisfying. Vegetable gardening offers many benefits: Superior taste and nutrition Exercise and fresh air Wonderful way to introduce children to the wonders of nature Saving money Seasoned gardeners already know what is necessary for a successful …