Monthly Archives: February 2018

Meet the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden Coordinators

The Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, one of the demonstration gardens maintained by Master Gardener volunteers and interns from the Arlington/Alexandria unit of Virginia Cooperative Extension, is now under the leadership of five coordinators: Paul Nuhn, Alyssa Ford Morel, Wendy Mills, Elaine Mills (not a relation), and Judy Funderburk. Continue reading

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Edible Flowers in the Vegetable Garden

When I plan a vegetable plot, I always include flowers. You might think that this would take needed space from the vegetables, but I argue that the flowers will pay you back handsomely. For one thing, they attract pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects during the growing period. Also, many flowers are edible, so one could argue that they earn their keep twice over. . . . Continue reading

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The Sphinx That Lives Among Us

Here’s an example of a creature so well-camouflaged that its sighting is indeed a surprise. The Pandorus sphinx moth (Eumorpha pandorus) has coloration and behaviors that often keep its presence secret or disguised. Continue reading

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Growing Food in Winter

Have you seen the winter sowing/season extension display in the outdoor garden area at Fairlington Community Center (FCC)? . . . It illustrates how easy and effective growing plants outdoors in winter in Zone 7b can be, anywhere there is a small space and a bit of sun. Continue reading

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