Monthly Archives: April 2012

In the Garden: Keeping Bugs at Bay

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), April 26th: Protect Your Seedlings. In the next couple weeks, most people will be planting seedlings. Protect the tender young plants from cutworms and slugs with collars made from newspaper.  Collars should be about 3 inches … Continue reading

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In the Garden: Give your Seedlings Room to Grow

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), April 21st: As heartbreaking as it can be, you just got to yank out some of those cute little seedlings when they start sprouting in a nice green row. Thinning, just like weeding, reduces competition between … Continue reading

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Reminders: Master Gardener Open Houses and Glencarlyn Plant Sale on Sat/Sun, May 5/6

Sunday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Glencarlyn Library Community Garden Plant Sale, 300 S. Kensington Street, Arlington.  Arrive early to get the best selection of  native plants, herbs, sun- and shade-loving perennials, tropicals, ferns, shrubs, trees and annuals. … Continue reading

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In the Garden: It’s Hard to be a Seedling

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), April 19th: If you have been tenderly nurturing seedlings in your home for the past few weeks, you should begin thinking about “hardening off” your young plants.  Hardening off is very important—if you do not do … Continue reading

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Make the Most of Mulch

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), April 5th: We have been busy in the organic vegetable garden preparing our beds for all the little seedlings that are being nurtured under grow lights.  An important part of this process is adding leaf mulch … Continue reading

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Reminder: Sat, Apr 7th and Apr 14th, Growing Flowers and Vegetables in Containers

Virginia Cooperative Extension, with the support of Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, is offering a free workshop on gardening in containers.  Learn how to grow flowers and vegetables in pots, planters or other containers for maximum beauty and bountiful crops … Continue reading

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Spring Ephemerals in the Shade, Part 2

Written by Mary Free, Certified Master Gardener The continuation from Ephemerals in the Shade Garden – Part 1, featuring bulbs, corms and trilliums, click here. Although Bon Air Park’s Shade Garden (pictured) is home to spring flowers in a variety … Continue reading

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar

The Shade Garden volunteers have put out a new flyer in their display booth. The current featured insect is the Eastern tent caterpillar (Malacosoma americanum). For your convenience, the brochure is also available online using the following link. Featured Insect … Continue reading

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