Home & Garden

Shenandoah beekeepers help hives survive winter

Lynne Phillips, manager at Natural Art Garden Center, checks on her honey bees near the  garden center in Toms Brook.   Rich Cooley/Daily

October 11th, 2015

As the weather starts to grow colder, area beekeepers try to ensure their hives survive the winter by encouraging eggs and keeping an eye out for pests that play a large role in the dreaded colony collapse disorder.

Kitchen Kapers provides remodeling inspiration

Pat Snapp drew inspiration for her kitchen's deep color scheme from inclusions in her granite countertop. Her Winchester home will be featured in Saturday's Kitchen Kapers tour. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

September 17th, 2015

Coming from plenty of experience with remodeling, Pat Snapp will give visitors to her home at 170 Hawthorne Drive a few expert tips on extreme home makeovers, complete with before and after photos.

Keeping it local

Flats of new spring flowers are displayed at Fort Valley Nursery in Woodstock. Owner Terry Fogle said the nursery carries a "fairly large amount" of plants localized for this area.   Courtesy photo

March 30th, 2015

April is invasive plants, pets and wildlife diseases education month for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tomato season adds variety to area salads

The tomato is a popular plant in a home garden. Photo courtesy of Janet Heishman

March 28th, 2015

Vegetable gardening doesn’t get much easier than growing tomatoes. Scientifically a fruit, it’s America’s favorite vegetable. But, without the right conditions, tomatoes are also easy to kill.

Springtime yard equipment tips

Trey Moomaw shows off one of the latest weed trimmers at Route 11 Equipment Sales, which is located at 9800 S. Congress St. in New Market. Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

March 28th, 2015

NEW MARKET — As spring comes to the Shenandoah Valley, area residents will be breaking out their lawn mowers, weed eaters and hedge trimmers to groom and maintain their lawns until the leaves begin to brown.

Horton’s draws winter-weary customers

Becky Stotler, a manager at Horton's Nursery in Winchester, waters a group of geraniums inside their greenhouse south of Winchester recently. These plants will be blooming in a couple weeks, giving homeowners a hearty dose of color in their yards.  Rich Cooley/Daily

March 28th, 2015

As the Winchester area suffered through record low temperatures and some late heavy snows this winter, customers went to Horton’s Nursery to get a humid reminder of what spring will bring.

Wayside hosts gingerbread house competition

November 23rd, 2014

The Middletown Garden Club invites gingerbread house builders to submit their creations in an inaugural competition held at the Wayside Inn next month.

Not Pumpkin Spice

September 26th, 2014

WINCHESTER – Although pumpkin spices and scents seem to hog all the attention when autumn arrives, there is a world of other smells that deserve their share of the spotlight.

Ward off deer with homemade methods

August 27th, 2014

As the population of our white-tailed neighbors continues to rise, some homeowners may have noticed damage to their gardens and bite-sized chomps taken out of their flowers and tomatoes.