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Living Connected with Reston Farm Garden Market

The Reston Farm Garden Market and True Life Cafe* invite you to join us!
Saturday, May 15, 10:00am – 2:00pm & Sunday, May 16, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Bring your friends and family for a free, fun-filled weekend that includes live music, a petting zoo, raffle, ice cream truck, and more!

‘Living Connected’ is essential to personal and relational health and genuine joy. Short, helpful talks will be offered on various topics, including friendship, marriage, & parenting, featuring author and storyteller John Lynch and others.

See a more detailed schedule of the weekend events at www.undergrace.org.

*True Life Cafe is the coaching/counseling arm of Grace Ministries. Find out more at www.undergrace.org.

Celebrate Spring with Simply Southern!

Join us on Saturday, May 8 for our Simply Southern Event!!!

Reston Farm Garden Market are excited to announce that we are partnering with Simply Southern this year. We love their fresh, fun use of color and are proud to be promoting their extensive lines of colorful T-Shirts and cute tote bags this Spring! We stock a large variety of T-shirt designs, in sizes from S to XXL at all our locations. Choose from the many options, to find the perfect T-shirt for you.

T-Shirts

Pick one up for yourself, or a gift for a friend, and represent Virginia!

Mother’s Day Gifts

Not sure what to get Mom this year? She will love a tote bag, guaranteed!
Give her a gift that is both fun and functional!
Check out the gorgeous selection of Tote bags we stock. Perfect for a trip to the beach or a picnic in the park, or just to accessorize with your Spring and Summer outfits! You’ll find one to match your taste. Available in 2 sizes.

Accessories

Accessorize your tote bag with an adorable bee or sunflower charm!

Masks

We stock Simply Southern masks and hand sanitizer, to protect you and your family.

We Salute Women Horticulturists, A Force of Nature

In fact, it’s a natural opportunity for us to focus on the special women horticulturists who have studied, advocated for and created beautiful outdoor spaces.

Jane Colden

Let’s start with Jane Colden, the first female botanist in America. Between 1753 and 1758, Jane collected and cataloged more than 300 plants found in the lower Hudson River Valley. Why were her accomplishments extraordinary? At the time, women were believed to be incapable of studying subjects as complex as science. Let that sink in for just a minute…

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Jane also wrote an untitled manuscript, which became one of the earliest detailed records of native plants local to New York. In fact, during the Revolutionary War, Jane’s manuscript fell into the hands of a Hessian soldier, who ultimately brought the manuscript back to Germany, where it was later purchased by Sir Joseph Banks, the renowned British plantsman. More than two centuries later, Jane’s voluminous manuscript sits in the British Museum of Natural History in London. But the biggest achievement in Jane’s career, and possibly her most important contribution to science, was her discovery of what is now known as Triadenum virginicum or marsh St. Johns-wort.

Lady Bird Johnson

Also ahead of her time, Lady Bird Johnson understood how the appreciation of beauty could instill a sense of peace. She said, “A little beauty, something that is lovely, I think, can help create harmony which will lessen tensions.” Lady Bird, the 36th First Lady, believed that beauty could improve the mental health of a society, and her determination to make the United States a more beautiful place became her legacy. She saw her beautification projects as ways to help soothe the nation at a time when the Vietnam war, civil rights and other highly charged political issues stoked division.

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Lady Bird also established the National Wildflower Research Center in 1982, and it was from there that the Native Plant Information Network was launched.

Gertrude Jekyll

The gardens were colorful. Natural. Beautiful. Gertrude Jekyll was trained as an artist, but swapped her canvases for gardens to fully express her artistic passion. Her work was characterized by a painterly use of color and a more naturalistic style of planting that replaced the rigid, more formal garden beds favored in the 19th century.

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Her long association with architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, a pioneer in the Arts and Crafts movement, began with their collaboration at Gertrude’s home, where Sir Edwin designed the residence, and Gertrude created the gardens. Their professional partnership flourished and their style included hardy shrubbery and herbaceous plantings within a structural of hardscaping. This more natural style came to define the English garden until modern times.

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What made her so successful? Explained Gertrude, “It is just in the way it is done that lies the whole difference between commonplace gardening and gardening that may rightly claim to rank as a fine art… It is to be always watching, noting and doing, and putting oneself meanwhile into closest acquaintance and sympathy with the growing things.” Wise words, indeed.

Reston Farm Garden Market salutes all women.

We celebrate all of you who continue to volunteer for community gardens, advocate for pollinator-friendly practices, study and practice horticulture and, simply, dig in the dirt. You carry on the legacy of the women pioneers who were a force of nature, working to honor our natural world.

Garden On!

Hardscaping Ideas Made Easy

We asked for snow and… We got it. (And then some!)

Which means underneath all that wintry stuff is a garden area that’s biding its time, waiting to spring out and be a colorful, joyful place to relax and unwind. Is your garden the place you want it to be? What can you do now to get prepared?

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Remember that it’s not just plants and flowers.

Hardscape in your landscape can make your lawn or garden a special place for your family. What exactly are hardscape items? They include:

  • Gravel
  • Wood chips/Mulch
  • Stones

  • Pavers
  • Concrete
  • Pots
  • Paint
  • Hardware
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What are some of the benefits of hardscaping?

Beautiful trees with a lovely, green canopy and flowering, fragrant bushes can enhance your home environment. But hardscaping can elevate your place even more. What can it do?

  • Expands your living space
  • Defines areas in your yard
  • Guides traffic through your yard
  • Can increase property value and curb appeal
  • Low maintenance

Start by dreaming big.

Now’s not the time to hold back! Write down everything you’re dreaming about for your “hardscape landscape.”

Ideas could include a patio/deck/gazebo/sitting area (maybe an outdoor tea room!), firepit, outdoor kitchen and dining area, water features, outdoor shower… You’re only limited by your imagination.

Where should you splurge?

Some things give your home more value—or give your family life more value—and are worth spending on.

  • Masonry can give your garden good, solid bones
  • Using high-quality materials that can withstand the elements
  • Include features that create privacy
  • Focus on craftsmanship you’ll be proud to look at and appreciate every day

Where can you save?

Get creative! For instance, if special pavers for your garden path are out of reach with your budget, consider using gravel; it could be quite lovely.

If you already have some materials such as bricks, or stone, or fence pickets, why not reuse them?

Another budget strategy is to buy smaller plants that can grow into the space you’ve planned for them rather than their full-size cousins.

And rather than having everything be matchy-matchy on your new deck or patio, how about using furniture pieces that don’t match. Designers say things don’t have to “match,” they have to “go together.” What does that mean? Think in terms of themes and what is the unifying story you’re telling with your choices.

It’s easy and fun imagining how hardscaping can enhance your outdoor area. Start flexing those imagination muscles and see what wonderful ideas you can come up with.

And if you need a spark (or colorful pots, mulch and kindling for your new firepit), come see us at Reston Farm Garden Market. Easy-peasy!

Turn Your Winter Blues into Garden To-do’s

It’s cold. It’s brown. It’s winter… Depressed that it’s not warm and sunny and you’re not outside enjoying your garden? Turn that frown upside down and as we take our minds off the chill and prepare for warmer, sunnier days…

First take a walk.

Do a little walk-through and assess your home and garden.

Make notes about what you see and what you’d like to see.

Envision how you might be able to compost or conserve energy (Better weather stripping? Sun panels?), reduce your water usage (Rain barrels?) and recycle more.

For example, did you recycle your natural Christmas tree? If not, you could make a note to do that next year.

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Next, do a little cleaning

Take a good, hard look at your garden tools, the ones you use a lot and the ones you use every now and then.

Rinse off any dirt, then give them a good scrub to get rid of any rust, sharpen the blades and then carefully rub mineral or vegetable oil on the metal so they stay rust-free. In fact, fill a bucket or a pot with sand mixed with the oil and store your tools there where they’ll be protected all winter.

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Give yourself a taste of summer.

Basil, anyone? If you don’t have an indoor herb garden, now would be a great time to plant one. Not only will it make you happy, it’ll taste like summer sunshine. Learn more about the whats and hows for growing an indoor herb garden.

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Dream big.

Want to rework your existing garden? Or even plan for a new design? Now’s the perfect time to find inspiration photos, whether on Pinterest, online searches or gazing through gardening books and magazines — dream of ways to make your garden better. If you’re not pinning your inspiration online, print out pics and create a concept board to keep you inspired.

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Plan Small

It’s all in the details! And now, when the seed catalogs are hitting our mailboxes, it’s a wonderful idea to curl up on the couch and make a list of all you need to get started in order to grow the flowers and veggies you want this year. By the way, the National Garden Bureau has declared 2021 the “Year of the Sunflower.”

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Finally, just add music.

Nothing makes our hearts feel better on a dreary, grey day than listening to songbirds. Attract more of our feathered friends to your garden with plants that have seeds and berries, as well as places for insects and water and nesting. And don’t forget to keep your feeders full of bird seed. (BTW, if you need a feeder or two, or some bags of seed, we know where you can find all that.)

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Don’t be glum, chum! Come visit us at Reston Farm Garden Market for supplies and inspiration. While it may be winter, you can still have garden tools clean and ready, fresh herbs for the picking, a garden plan to dream about, and the happy sounds of songbirds!

Are you a panini Houdini? Here’s how to make this sandwich magically disappear.

Need a little comfort food about now? Need something that has the best combination of sweetness and tanginess? Need it simple AND tasty? Bring your growling belly to attention because we have for your gastronomical delight a salmon panini that will have you licking your lips.

Our pescatarian-friendly salmon? Surprise! Panini Includes:

  • pan-seared salmon, seasoned to your liking
  • shredded horseradish cheddar cheese,
  • pepper jack cheese
  • sautéed onions
  • thinly-sliced Roma tomatoes
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But what makes it really sing is the Reston Farm Garden Market’s Sweet Pepper Relish plus a schmear of our Apple Cider Mustard.

Get ready mouth, the goodness is about to come… Simply assemble everything in the panini bread, lightly brush the outside of the bread with coconut oil and then grill it in a panini press. Plate it with a tossed crunchy-chip salad (hey, potatoes are veggies, right?), serve, and watch it disappear! This is just one of the many, many ways you can elevate a ho-hum entrée to a yum-yum entrée! Swing by Reston Farm Garden Market and get you some!

Are you ready for National Pickle Day?

Saturday, November 14th, is a special day. A most auspicious day. It is a day to be celebrated! It is the day we honor…wait for it…

THE PICKLE!

We know, we know… it’s pretty cool.

National Pickle Day, held every year on November 14th, is the day that pickle lovers pop open pecks of their preferred preserved pickle.

SO many to choose from… Dill, Gherkin, Cornichon, Kosher Dill, Polish, Hungarian, Lime, Sweet, Swedish and Danish, Candied Pickle, and more.

And who are we to argue with what’s the best?

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We have our own favorite, and that would be Isaiah’s Bread and Butter Pickles.

They’re crunchy. They’re tangy. They’re sweet. They’re all things good, just like Isaiah.

Did you know… The term pickle comes from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine.

Here in the good ol’ U S of A, the word pickle typically refers to a pickled cucumber. However, just about any fruit or vegetable can be pickled, including carrots, cauliflower or watermelon. Even some proteins are pickled, such as eggs. Pickling typically starts with a blanching process, depending on the fruit or vegetable. Then the soon-to-be pickles are packed into jars with seasonings that will give them their flavor. But it’s the brine that gives them their tartness or sweetness; the amount of sugar added to the vinegary brine determines the level of sweetness.

JUST HOW POPULAR ARE THESE PICKLED PIECES?

More than 67% of all households eat pickles. American households in particular purchase pickles every 53 days! And hello, did we mention that we have the amazing Isaiah’s Bread and Butter Pickles here at Reston Farm Garden Market? Come by and get you some. Celebrate National Pickle Day with us! Wanna test your pucker power? See if you can break the world record for pickle consumption. The current holder of the throne gobbled up more than five-and-a-half pounds of pickles… In just six minutes. Good luck!

First Wednesday Friend’s Day — 20% Off EVERYTHING

Hey friends, mark your calendar for EVERY first Wednesday of the month when we put the ENTIRE Garden Market on sale.

  • Plants? 20% off.
  • Mulch? 20% off.
  • Firewood? 20% off.
  • Pottery? 20% off.
  • Garden tools? 20% off.
  • Fresh produce? 20% off.
  • Fresh-made baked goods? 20% off.

Every single thing in our Garden Market is 20% off on First Wednesday Friend’s Day.

Stock up on your favorites, try something new, find that special gift, get the thing you’ve been eyeing… Now’s your chance to do it and save!

*Sorry, no discounts given on previously purchased products or Fall Fest tickets. May not be combined with any other discount.

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Kitchen Herb Garden: A Tasty Way to Cook Through the Fall & Winter

There’s nothing like the taste and smell of fresh herbs

And just because the temps are dropping and our outdoor gardens (pots or plots) are being tucked in for the winter, that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to grow beautiful, delicious, fragrant green stuff.

We’re talking about planting and maintaining a kitchen herb garden.

Nothing enhances your culinary masterpieces more than fresh herbs. Of course, you can buy what you need, dried and jarred, at almost any store, but wouldn’t it be nice to have some of your favorites available year-round right here in your kitchen?

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Before you plant your herbs, consider these things…

Really, there’s no reason on the planet why you can’t keep fresh herbs indoors year-round with the proper care! It’s important to think about:

  • what your herbs need
  • how much watering is required
  • what kind of soil (sandy, loamy or chalky) is needed
  • when to take cuttings
  • if they need full sunlight and for how long
  • if they can tolerate some shade

By the way, most herbs require four to six hours of direct sun every day.

THE BEST HERBS FOR GROWING INDOORS OR ON A WINDOWSILL:

  • Basil
  • Bay Tree
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Fennel
  • Lemongrass
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint
  • Sage
  • Thyme
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Speaking of watering…

During winter, most herbs will drink more slowly. Be sure you’re giving them proper drainage to prevent root rot. Some ways to do that are to have drain holes in your pots, and/or include rocks, marbles or plastic foam peanuts at the bottom of your container to provide some aeration.

Speaking of containers…

Soooo many options! Naturally you can plant your herbs in colorful glazed pots. Be traditional and plant them in sweet clay pots, and then paint them with chalk paint, writing the names of the herbs on them. Plant them in a galvanized tool caddy or cute buckets. Or how about beautiful old mason jars? Your choices are endless…

Ready to get started?

Reston Farm Garden Market is your one-stop, kitchen-herb-garden-shop. We have the plants, the pots, and everything else you need to get your windowsill garden started on the right foot. Give your windowsill garden the soil, sunlight and water it needs, and you can enhance your cooking with bountiful fresh herbs at your fingertips all year long!

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