January 2019 Public Education Events

MGNV LogoThese public education events for January 2019 are open to all, but space may be limited. To reserve a spot, please register online https://mgnv.org/public-education-events/vce-horticulture-programs-registration/.

Printable Flyer – January 2019 Public Education Flyer


Sustainable Landscaping: Design Basics

Wednesday, January 9, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 
Columbia Pike Branch Library, Westmont Room
816 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington 22204

Sustainable Landscape DesignSustainable landscape design builds on the unique conditions of your yard to create a healthier and more ecologically friendly outdoor space. Learn both basic design principles and the steps to take to assess your site’s conditions, no matter the size of your property.

Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org.
Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com 


Urban Agriculture: Selecting and Starting Seeds

Starting SeedsSaturday, January 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

Jump-start your vegetable garden! Get the scoop on seed selection—hybrid vs. heirloom, which seeds to start indoors and what’s required to get them growing. Learn to make your own starter pots and how to bring sunshine inside with simple lighting systems. Germination is complex, but seed starting is reassuringly simple!

Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org.
Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com 

 


Sustainable Landscaping: Building Soil Health

Hands holding soilWednesday, January 23, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Columbia Pike Branch Library, Westmont Room
816 South Walter Reed Drive, Arlington 22204

Healthy soil is your key to success in gardening. Learn how to build soil health by feeding your soil’s biome, how to create great compost, and how to prevent or mitigate both erosion and compaction by choosing plants with the right root systems.

Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org.
Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com 


Urban Agriculture: How to Build Inexpensive and Effective Grow Lights

Seedlings sprouting indoors under the lights.

Seedlings sprouting indoors under the lights.
Photo © 2018 Nancy Dowling

Saturday, January 26, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304

OR 

Tuesday, January 29, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205

Give your plants a healthy start with grow lights that can ensure your seedlings get great light indoors, even when it’s snowing and freezing outside, and even if you don’t have a bright south-facing window. You can grow unusual and hard-to-find varieties of vegetables that may never be offered at local garden centers, or farm microgreens indoors that are bursting with nutrition. Avoid spindly, unhealthy seedlings produced by inadequate light. Learn the pros and cons of different types of lights and some options for creating your own grow light system inexpensively. We’ll provide instructions and material lists for a shelf system, a stand design, and grow lights in a storage box. Each of these approaches can jump-start your garden and get you on the way to healthy eating.

Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org.
Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com 


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 Extension Master Gardener Help Desk remains open!

Extension MG Help DeskOur 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 mgarlalex@gmail.com, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers.  It’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.


Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

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