Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spring Ephemerals in the Shade, Part 1

Written by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener If you have planted daffodils or crocuses, then you have grown ephemerals. Bulbs and corms produce a succession of colorful blooms from January to May. Once they complete their display, they retreat and … Continue reading

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Plant Clinics Opening in Spring

PLANT CLINICS OFFER FREE GARDENING ADVICE FROM VCE MASTER GARDENERS If you wonder how to grow great tomatoes, which tree is best for your home landscape, or what strange insect you have found, VCE Master Gardeners can help you find … Continue reading

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Choking Hazard: English Ivy Removal Campaign

The Tree Stewards and Master Naturalist programs launched a campaign earlier this week titled “Choking Hazard: English Ivy as a Threat to Virginia’s Trees” The purpose of the campaign is to educate residents about English ivy (Hedera helix), in particular the damage … Continue reading

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In the Garden: The Plantin’ o’ the Greens

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), March 15th: While many people are focused on the wearin’ o’ the green this week, we have been working on the planting of the greens—lettuce, spinach, arugla, and others. Now is the time to sow seeds … Continue reading

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Reminder: Sat, Mar 24th, Vegetable Gardening 101

Saturday, March 24th, 9:00am to noon Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington  The Arlington office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, with the support of Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, will present a three-hour workshop covering everything beginners need to … Continue reading

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In the Garden: Raised Beds Raise Vegetables

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), March 6th: We added three raised beds to the garden this weekend.Raised beds are a great choice for growing vegetables for a variety of reasons. You can place the beds in the part of your yard … Continue reading

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Will the real shamrock please “stand up”?

Written by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener The month of March is a good time to talk about the shamrock, a symbol often associated with Ireland and Saint Patrick’s Day. In Gaelic, shamrock translates to “seamrag,” which also means trefoil … Continue reading

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