How to Make a Bee Spa

Our local bee population will appreciate the time you spend this spring and summer planting “bee friendly” flowers and shrubs.    Did you know that they also need access to fresh water?   Here are a few simple steps to make a “Bee Bath” or “Spa” in your yard to help the local honey bees.

Creating a bee bath in your backyard you’ll help our buzzy winged friends stay hydrated and avoid landing in deep water where they can easily drown.

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A shallow dish

Stones or marbles, or other decorative glass.

Pot (used for plants)

HOW TO ASSEMBLE

  1. Turn your plant pot upside down and use it as the base of your bath.
  2. Place the dish on top of the overturned  pot
  3. Add your stones, marbles or decorative glass to the dish, spreading evenly.
  4. Add fresh water. Pour water just splashing the rocks/marbles, and are not submerged.
  5. Change your bee bath water daily, and give the bath a cleansing rinse once a week.

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Spring Time Local Activities

Ready to get outside and enjoy the spring?  There are a variety of events getting ready to BLOOM in the Shenandoah Valley!

For our Party Lovers…

Visit the www.thebloom.com for the list of full events!!   10 Full days of FUN!

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For our Nature Lovers…

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For our culinary fans…

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Farmer’s Market

Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
May 12 – September 29

SPRING FEVER: Buyers are pouncing on listings!

Spring has sprung in the Shenandoah Valley!  Many homebuyers are seeking a new nest in the area.  Our local inventory is low, which means that now is the time to sell if you have been on the fence about listing your home for sale.

Our local team of professionals is here to help.  We can assist with any of your real estate needs from rentals, residential, new construction, land or even commercial sales. Make sure to visit our website www.MYMPR.com  and check out the wide variety of listings that our team is currently carrying.

We have team members licensed in Virginia and West Virginia.    Want to stop in and chat?   We are located in the heart of old town Winchester VA at 302 S. Braddock street.   Give us a call at 540-450-2747 and get connected with our team.

We cannot wait to hear from you!!

Planting an Herb Garden That Will Help the Bees

The bee population has been on a decline over the past decade. Bees are an important component in pollinating the majority of crops around the world. By planting a bee-friendly garden you will help the bees thrive while also having a lovely garden for yourself to enjoy. Here are 5 of our favorite herbs that are also great for the bees!

 

Rosemary

Rosemary is a woody herb with needle-like leaves. The flowers can vary in color, being either white, pink, purple, or blue. The herb itself is excellent for cooking. It’s known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help ease an upset stomach.

 

Lavender

Lavender thrives in a temperate climate. This fragrant plant can be used for culinary purposes and essential oils. It will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds into your garden.

 

Sage

Similar to rosemary, sage has a woody appearance but it has blue or purple flowers. It prefers full to medium sunlight in well-draining soil. It grows similarly to a bush, so plant them at least 2 feet from each other.

 

Mint

Mint is another great herb that can be used for cooking and its essential oils. However, this plant has a tendency to grow over other plants. To prevent this, plant mint in its own individual planter.

 

Thyme

Technically, thyme is a member of the mint family. This herb tolerates droughts well and thrives in a sunny environment. It is also wonderful when used fresh or dried in many cooking dishes!

 

What plants are you incorporating into your garden this year? Are you doing anything to help the bees? Share your comments, tips, and ideas below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Spring-Inspired Ways To Dress Up Your Front Porch

Spring is here! It’s time to freshen up your outdoor living spaces and curb appeal. Having a bright and well-maintained front entrance makes your home more welcoming and aesthetically pleasing. Here are a few ideas to add pizzazz to your front entryway this season.

Add a Bright Wreath

Add a seasonal wreath to your front entrance to immediately brighten an entryway. It adds character to the front entrance while also making the home appear more welcoming.

Flowers & Greenery

Add flowers and other plants to the porch. Placing hanging baskets equal distances apart is a beautiful way to accentuate the architecture of your home.

Touch Up the Rest of the Walkway/Lawn

Incorporate landscape around the walkway. Sweep the walkway of debris and trim any plants that might be obstructing the walkway. This gives the entrance a welcoming appearance.

Outdoor Lighting / Light Up The Walkway

To make your home more welcoming in the evening, add LED lanterns or lights to guide the way up the walkway to the home’s entrance. To enhance architectural features while also offering security, spotlights are a great way to light the exterior of your home. If there are stairs anywhere, make sure these are always lit up at night for safety.

Colorful Furniture

If you have a large front porch, incorporate bright furniture and accents. This will make the porch an inviting place for people to relax or entertain guests.

Add a Welcome Mat

Adding a welcome mat is a simple way to dress-up your entryway. This will also encourage guests to wipe their feet before going inside, reducing the amount of dirt and grime that gets tracked inside.  

Repaint the Front Door

This is obviously a permanent and time-consuming way to switch up your entrance. Although, a freshly re-painted front door can instantly give a home a facelift.

How do you plan to dress up your entryway this spring?

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Gardening Tips for the Beginner

 

It’s officially Spring! Although, it has looked a lot more like winter the past few days in the Shenandoah Valley we are looking forward to the warmer days ahead. Spring and warmer weather is basically synonymous with gardening season. If you beginner or looking for tips to become a better gardener, these easy tips will help you get the garden that is the envy of the neighborhood. If you are a beginner or looking for tips to become a better gardener, these tips might be game changers.

 

Test the PH

Soil can vary in its PH levels, but depending on what the PH of the soil around your home certain plants may do better than others. You can likely purchase a PH soil testing kit at your local nursery or hardware store.

 

Make a Garden Plan

Make a plan for what plans you plan to purchase, where they will be planted, and how much money you are able to spend. This will help keep you on track and on budget as you work through this project.

 

Ask a Professional

After you have tested the PH, ask a professional for advice on what plants would thrive in your garden. A professional can recommend different plants that would be best suited for your yard.  

 

Protect Against Pests

Depending on where you live, pests and wildlife can be a threat to your garden. If you live in a more rural area, you may have to get fencing and take other precautions to protect your plants from being eaten by deer, rabbits, groundhogs, etc!

 

What are you gardening tips for someone who is looking to get started? We love hearing tips from our readers!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

Houseplants To Rock Your Sills and Are Hard To Kill

An easy way to brighten the inside of your home is to add plants! Although, a lot of people find themselves spending money on plants and struggling to keep them alive. To counteract this, we have listed our favorite house plants that are hardy and resilient.

 

 

  • Phalaenopsis Orchid

 

This plant is incredibly durable and forgiving when it come to care and maintenance. It only needs watering once every 7-10 days. Unlike most other household plants, this variety also creates a beautiful flower.

 

  • Philodendron

 

This is a large, leafy plant that only needs watered about once a week. These plants prefer to be in the light but they can still survive in dark places. If it grows too large for your indoor space it can easily be moved to the outdoors.

 

  • Ponytail Palm

An interesting fact about this species is that it is actually an agave variety, not a palm like the name suggests. This plant is native to Mexico, making it fond of warm and dry climates. If you frequently find yourself forgetting to water plants for long amounts of time, this is the plant for you! It actually prefers the soil to dry out completely before being re-watered.

 

  • Succulents

 

Succulents are extremely easy to maintain. They thrive in an area where they can receive sunlight for at least half of the day and be watered occasionally. Plus, there are a wide range of varieties to choose from!

 

Not sure where to buy your plants? Amazon recently launched a plant store and we have linked the different plants below!

PhilodendronColorful OrchidsPonytail Palm, &  Succulents

 

What are your favorite house plants? Do you have any tips or tricks for helping them thrive? Share your comments, we love hearing from our readers!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.