The following events are scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in February 2018.
Microgreens – You’ve likely seen them, but what makes them so good for you? Join us to learn their many benefits, and some simple ways to grow these delicious, nutritious and inexpensive baby plants & sprouts in your own home. Plus, we provide supplies for you to plant your own container, so come prepared to get a bit dirty while you make your own microgreens garden in class!
Plot Against Hunger Spring Garden Kick-Off:
Growing Food for Our Neighbors in Need
Saturday, February 10, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington VA 22207
Come and attend free presentations and demonstrations on seed starting, composting, seedling transplanting, common garden pests, tree pruning, grafting and DIY light stands for indoor use. There are free vegetable and herb seeds for AFAC gardeners, containers for bagging donations, seed pots and trays, and free home coffee grounds to enrich your soil.
Free. In sponsorship with Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).
RSVP to: https://afac.org/afac-spring-garden-kick-off/ by February 7. Light refreshments served
Water Conservation, DIY Sustainable Yard Series
Learn how to retain and absorb storm water on your property to benefit your garden and save money! Using the right landscaping techniques and plant choices you can conserve one of our most precious resources and help your plants grow strong and healthy.
Come learn how to get more growing days out of your garden and get close to year-round gardening! Participants will be able to make their own Cold Frame and take it home. This MINI-Greenhouse is 16 x” 31″ base and 16 inches high. A hinged glass top can be raised and lowered to allow for ventilation. It is collapsible and perfect for a balcony or small garden. Made from glass aluminum and marine grade plywood, this wonderful gardening tool will last you for many years.
This is first in a series of DIY Urban Agriculture Workshops for 2018. Look for upcoming programs on light stand construction and mushroom logs!
Cost: $65.00 per person. Participants will put together a cold frame in class to take home for immediate use.
To reserve your space, send a check to VCE (at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206) made out to Treasurer Virginia Tech and note that it is for the DIY Cold Frame Workshop. Include name, phone number and email for all attendees. Questions, telephone the VCE Hotline at 703-228-6414 or email email@example.com. Deadline for Registration is 2/9/2018.
Vegetable Gardening Part 2: Planning and Preparation
For the beginning gardener, learn easy-to-implement practices for selecting the best site and evaluating and improving your soil, including which plants grow best in our area and tips for how to successfully plant seeds directly, transplant seedlings you buy, succession planting, and other ways to easily maximize your harvest.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in any of these programs, please contact VCE at 703-228-6414 from 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. TDD number is (800) 828-1120.
Our Plant Clinics at the Farmers’ Markets and the Arlington Central Library and the Garden Talks at the Arlington Central Library are closed for the season but our Horticulture Help Desk remains open!
Our Help Desk operates year-round and we welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. The Help Desk operates from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays at the VCE office at the Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206
Contact us at 703-228-6414 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers. It’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.
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