Category Archives: Organic Vegetable

The Square Foot Garden

By Madeleine Faust, Certified Master Gardener A stroll through the Demonstration Gardens of Glencarlyn, Simpson, and Bon Air leads one gently along the curves that define the paths and plantings. The softness and seemingly indeterminate order comfort the eye and … Continue reading

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Five Things You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know About Growing Tomatoes!

Written by the MGNV Organic Vegetable Demonstration Garden Master Gardeners, with special thanks to Debbie Siegel and Tom Laughlin. Five Things About Growing Tomatoes Are you growing tomatoes this year? Here are five things you should know about getting the best tomato … Continue reading

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Weekly Outdoor Garden Talks Offered at Central Library

“Wednesdays in the Garden” Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Master Gardeners are hosting weekly vegetable gardening talks throughout the summer at Central Library in Arlington. These informal talks are held outdoors at the demonstration garden … Continue reading

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The Bountiful Harvest at Organic Vegetable Garden

Organic Vegetable Garden, October 4th As we make our way into fall, our garden still thinks it is summer, as is evidenced by the bounty of warm season crops we harvested today. Plenty of tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, squash, okra, beans, … Continue reading

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In The Garden: Grow Malabar for Greens in August

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), June 21st: Last summer we grew Malabar spinach for the first time.  Malabar (also known as Indian spinach, Ceylon spinach, basella, or vine spinach) is not really spinach, but it has a similar taste and its … Continue reading

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In the Garden: Ugh! We got Slugs

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), May 30th: The previous week in the organic vegetable garden we have been finding many, many slugs happily feeding on our lettuce, broccoli, strawberries and the many seedlings that are just coming up.  They seem to … Continue reading

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In the Garden: Strawberries are not for the Birds

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), May 12th: For the past week we have been harvesting beautiful strawberries from our patch in the MGNV Organic Vegetable Garden in Potomac Overlook Park.  We noticed that many of the berries had been sampled by … Continue reading

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In the Garden: Companion Planting: Help your Plants Get by with a Little Help from their Friends

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), May 9th: While setting up your friends can have varying results, choosing the right companions for your vegetable plants can help ensure successful outcomes. Companion planting is the practice of pairing certain plants to maximize beneficial … 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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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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