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Gardens with rich, dense and diverse plantings—not bare land—attract and provide food for these organisms. They, in turn, move through the soil, aerating, enriching and making it more porous and absorbent. Whatever your “crop”—perennials, annuals, vegetables or fruits—you can join the growing movement of “soil gardeners” who care for their soil in order to grow better, more successful gardens. Continue reading
Gardeners usually think of winter as a time for taking stock of the year’s successes and failures and then planning for the upcoming growing season. One important task they should consider before designing new beds or perusing seed catalogs is preparing their gardening tools for off-season storage. Tools that are well cared for will last longer, take less effort to use, cause less damage to plants, and help to prevent the spread of diseases. Continue reading
For many gardeners, reading about gardening is the next best thing to working in their garden or tending their containers. Below, in no particular order, are sources to consider if you are looking for a book for your favorite gardener this holiday season. Continue reading
From Virginia Cooperative Extension: Don’t forget to register for the
Urban Agriculture Symposium! Continue reading
Please join Virginia Cooperative Extension in welcoming Professor Celso Albuquerque from the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Professor Albuquerque will talk about his work at the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL) in Urban Agriculture, Agronomy, and Natural Resource Management Challenges. Continue reading
From Virginia Cooperative Extension: Registration is now open for the 2018 Arlington/Alexandria Urban Agriculture Symposium! Continue reading