Category Archives: Public Education

Protecting Yourself From Ticks . . . Without Harming Pollinators

Protect yourself from ticks without destroying beneficial insects. Spraying pesticides to control ticks is ineffective because ticks reside primarily within leaf litter where the sprays cannot reach them, or they are brought in by animal hosts. The pesticides, however, are nonselective and will kill pollinators and other beneficial insects they come in contact with. There are much more effective ways to protect yourself, your family, and your pets and still enjoy the outdoors. Continue reading

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Mosquito Control Begins with a Home Walk-Around

by Kirsten Conrad,  Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, VCE We are already seeing calls for spraying to control mosquitoes on neighborhood social media sites. Before you think of spraying, check out these better options for controlling mosquitoes that will … Continue reading

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New Public Education Videos and Classes!

Two new videos in the Master Gardener Virtual Library!
℘ Sowing the Seeds of Victory: Growing Food in Troubled Times with Tricia Rodgers & Anne Wilson
℘ Spring Considerations for Lawns

Two new short videos from the Glencarlyn Library Garden Master Gardeners!
℘ Winter Gardening Tasks with Alyssa Ford Morel
℘ Winter Pruning with Paul Nuhn

RSVP for upcoming classes!
℘  Vegetable Gardening Part 2: Planting & Maintaining – March 12, 2021
℘  Selecting Native Plants for Your Home Garden March 19, 2021
℘  Preparing Your Garden for the 17-Year Cicadas, March 26,2021
℘  Composting and No Till Gardening: Create a Garden That Thrives April 2, 2021
℘  Best Bets: Native Plants for Wet Conditions April 16, 2021
℘  Contained Excitement: Outdoor Container Garden Basics & What’s Trending! April 23, 2021
℘  The Kitchen Herb Garden – April 30 Continue reading

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New Public Education Videos and Classes!

Two new videos in the Master Gardener Virtual Library
℘ Build Healthy Soil and Manage Water in Your Yard 
with Joan McIntyre & Beth Buffington
℘ Seeds: Selecting and Starting 
with Jasmine DeCourcey & Pam Newton

RSVP for upcoming classes!
℘ Vegetable Gardening: Part 1 – Getting Started – Friday, March 5
℘ Vegetable Gardening Part 2: Planting & Maintaining – Friday, March 12
℘ Selecting Native Plants for Your Home Garden – Friday, March 19
℘ Spring Lawn Care  – Friday, February 26, 2021  Continue reading

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