Monthly Archives: February 2012

Reminder: Tue, Mar 6th, Spring Lawn Care for Northern Virginia

Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington  Virginia Tech Specialist Dr. Mike Goatley will discuss best management practices for establishing, renovating, and maintaining lawns in Northern Virginia, including turf selection, soil preparation and testing, fertilizing, mowing, … Continue reading

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Tue, Mar 13th; Gardening for Life: Getting Ready for Spring

Virginia Cooperative Extension, with the support of Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, will present a free workshop on how to get ready for spring gardening activities, including being kind to your body while gardening, using tools and pesticides safely, and … Continue reading

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What’s that bug?

Written by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener If you think that this red-orange and black insect is a large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus), then you would be correct. But surely those are not milkweed flowers. No, milkweed plants die back … Continue reading

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Reminder: Tue, Feb 28th: Community Gardening 101, Developing Community Gardens

A Workshop for Community Organizations and Non-profits Interested in Developing Community Gardens Representatives of non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, and community and volunteer groups are invited to attend this seminar on Community Garden Development.   Sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and Master Gardeners … Continue reading

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Reminder: Wed, Feb 22nd: Starting Vegetable Garden From Seeds Indoors

Join us to learn the basics of successful plant propagation, including seed selection, requirements for germination, tips on transplanting, and the importance of hardening plants before moving them outdoors. To register for either of these events please call the Master … Continue reading

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The Shade Garden’s Featured Plant: Crocus

Continuing in the featured plant series, the volunteers at the Shade Garden have added the Crocus Flyer (PDF). The crocus is a perennial that grows from a corm. Typically known for their early spring bloom, there are also crocus species that produce … Continue reading

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In the Garden: Pea Planting Planning

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), February 15: Finally, we’ve had a little winter, but our thoughts are turning to planting—particularly peas (Pisum sativum) in the demonstration Organic Vegetable Garden at Potomac Overlook Park on Marcey Street in North Arlington, VA. We will … Continue reading

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The Shade Garden’s Featured Plant: Helleborus

The volunteers at the Shade Garden routinely create flyers to highlight seasonal items of interest in the garden. Lately added to the display case is the Helleborus Flyer (PDF). Read online and plan a stop by the garden for later!

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Early Registration Now Open for Sustainability Symposium

Working with Nature for Sustainable, Beautiful Gardens is a two-day symposium sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia.   Day 1: Keynote presentation by Dr. Tallamy on how native plants can beautify your gardens while serving as central … Continue reading

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Lawn Maintenance Fertilizer Containing Phosphorus To Be Restricted in 2013

REMINDER: Test Your Soil Before Applying Lawn Fertilizers Virginia is about to sign into a law, a set of measures that will restrict the sale and usage of fertilizer containing phosphorus.  It will go into effect in December 2013 and is … Continue reading

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