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“Spring Cleaning” in the Garden

“Spring Cleaning” in the Garden

Spring cleaning is not just for rugs and rooms. Planting beds need attention early in March. Many weed seeds will have already germinated on warm winter days. Continue reading

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Invasive Plants in Northern Virginia: Canada Thistle

Invasive Plants in Northern Virginia: Canada Thistle

Cirsium arvense, (Canada thistle), a native of southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean, was brought to North America in early 1700s, probably as a contaminant of crop seed.  By the end of the century is was already recognized as a noxious weed in crops, and it is now recognized as invasive in open natural areas, such as fields, meadows, wet prairies, and even inhospitable sand dunes, through most of the United States. Continue reading

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SHRUB: Calycanthus floridus, (Sweet-shrub)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

While primarily native to several southeastern states, this trouble-free shrub, also known as Carolina Allspice, does well in Northern Virginia. It delights the senses with showy and fragrant flowers when planted as a specimen or a screening hedge near a front door or patio.
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Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Program

Registration is now open for the 12-week Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate Program. The 12-week (17 modules) course begins March 7 and ends May 30, 2020. Classes will be conducted on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on VSU’s Randolph … Continue reading

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