Winter is a great time to plan for the gardening season. VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria will kick off their 2016 public education schedule in February with programs on vegetable gardening and designing a sustainable yard. VCE Master Gardeners will teach the sessions, with support from Arlington County VCE Agent Kirsten C. Buhls.
Vegetable Gardening: Planning & Seeding. Successful vegetable gardens begin with a sound plan. This workshop for the beginning vegetable gardener will address best management practices for site selection, soil requirements and soil improvement. This planning program provides guidance on crop selection and planting schedules. You will learn what works well in our area and best bets for new gardeners, how to grow plants from seeds―what to directly seed into the garden, what to start indoors and how to transplant seedlings.
Presented on the following dates in three locations:
Tuesday, February 9, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Senior Lounge, Walter Reed Recreation Center, 2909 16th St. South, Arlington VA 22204
Tuesday, February 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria VA 22314
Saturday, February 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria VA 22304
Advance registration is requested. Free. Register Here! Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex.org.
Saturday, February 20, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.―Designing a Sustainable, Manageable Yard, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington VA 22206. Learn the best management practices of sustainable landscapes—using native plants, making the most of available water, building soil health and reducing maintenance. Master Gardeners of Arlington and Alexandria will cover the basics of sustainable landscapes and answer questions about individual garden management challenges. Advance registration is requested. Free. Register at mgnv.org. Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or send an email to mgarlalex.org.
And a reminder: VCE’s Master Gardener Help Desk operates year-round to answer garden-related questions, including questions about plant and insect identification. It’s staffed from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays in the VCE office at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. You can reach us by phone at 703-228-6414 or by email at email@example.com. You’re also welcome to drop by, but we suggest contacting us beforehand to let us know you’re coming.