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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 21, 2012

CONTACT:  Kimberly Haun, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Phone:  703-228-6426 Email:  mgarlalex@gmail.com

 

 PLANT CLINICS OFFER FREE GARDENING ADVICE FROM VCE MASTER GARDENERS

If you wonder how to grow great tomatoes, which tree is best for your home landscape, or what strange insect you have found, VCE Master Gardeners can help you find the answers at weekly Plant Clinics held in the following four locations:

  • Arlington County Farmer’s Market, intersection of N. 14th Street and Courthouse Road, Saturdays, from 8 to 11 am, April 14 through September 29. 
  • Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Thursdays, from 6:45 to 8:45 pm, April 19 through November 15.
  • Old Town Farmers’ Market, 301 King Street, Alexandria, Saturdays, from 6:30 to 9:30 am, May 5 through September 29.
  • Del Ray Farmers’ Market, intersection of Mt. Vernon and East Oxford Avenues, Saturdays, from 8:30 to 11 am, May 5 through September 29.
  • Home gardeners are also welcome to visit the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) office at 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, VA, 9 am through 5 pm, and our website at www.ext.vt.edu.

Please bring fresh samples of problem plants, weeds or insects with you to ensure the accurate identification of any diseases or pests. VCE recommends carrying samples in plastic bags or other clear containers. Please don’t bring live insects.  All clinics and Help Desk are free of charge. 

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Arlington office of Virginia Cooperative Extension (703) 228-6400/TDD/PC 1-800-1120 during business hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM to discuss accommodation at least five business days prior to the event.
 Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, national origin, disability, or political affiliation. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Conducted in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Steve Umberger, Director, Virginia

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20th, 2012

CONTACT:  Kimberly Haun, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Phone:  703-228-6426 Email:  mgarlalex@gmail.com

Free Workshop: Growing Flowers and Vegetables In Containers

Virginia Cooperative Extension, with the support of Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, is offering a free workshop on gardening in containers Learn how to grow flowers and vegetables in pots, planters, or other containers for maximum beauty and bountiful crops on your deck, balcony, porch or patio.

Two Dates, Two Locations

Arlington, VA: Saturday April 7th, 2012 10:00AM to 12:00                                        Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Rd, Arlington, VA

Alexandria, VA:  Saturday April 14th, 2012 1:30PM to 3:30PM                                   Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., (Del Ray) Alexandria, VA

To register, call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com; for information about Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, visit www.mgnv.org   


www. extension.edu  Virginia Cooperative Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Arlington office of Virginia Cooperative Extension (703) 228-6400/TDD/PC 1-800-1120 during business hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM to discuss accommodation at least five business days prior to the event.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 7, 2012

CONTACT:  Kimberly Haun, Virginia Cooperative Extension
                        Phone:  703-228-6426 Email:  mgarlalex@gmail.com

Free Workshop:  Vegetable Gardening 101

The Arlington office of Virginia Cooperative Extension, with the support of Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, will present a three-hour workshop covering everything beginners need to know to raise their own vegetables either at home or in a community garden.  Topics to be discussed include starting seeds indoors, soil preparation, and when and where to plant.  Question and answer period will follow.

When:  Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9:00 a.m. until noon

Where:  Fairlington Community Center, 3308 South Stafford Street, Arlington

Registration:  call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com

For more information, visit www.mgnv.org

Virginia Cooperative Extension www.ext.vt.edu is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. VCE sponsors and supports all Master Gardener activities. Its programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Arlington office of Virginia Cooperative Extension (703) 228-6400/TDD/PC 1-800-1120 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss accommodation at least five business days prior to theevent.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 15, 2012

CONTACT: Kimberly Haun, Virginia Cooperative Extension

703-228-6426khaun@arlingtonva.us 

Spring Lawn Care for

Northern Virginia

Offered by the Arlington Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension
with Support from Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia


Join Virginia Tech Specialist Dr. Mike Goatley for a discussion of best management practices for establishing, renovating and maintaining lawns in Northern Virginia. Topics to be covered include turf selection, soil test and preparation, fertilizing, mowing, weed control, water and drought management, and insect and disease management. Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 South Stafford Street, Arlington. Free parking on- and off-street. To register, call 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com. For more information, visit mgnv.org

ww.ext.vt.edu Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. An equal opportunity employer.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Arlington office of Virginia Cooperative Extension (703) 228-6400/TDD/PC 1-800-1120 during business hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM to discuss accommodation at least five business days prior to the event.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2012

CONTACT:  Kim Haun, Virginia Cooperative Extension

                        703-228-6426khaun@arlingtonva.usmgarlalex@gmail.com

                    Early Registration Now Open

           Sustainability Symposium

Working with Nature for Sustainable, Beautiful Gardens
June 9-10, 2012


Guest Speakers Douglas W. Tallamy, University of Delaware, author of Bringing Nature Home
Holly Shimizu, Executive Director, U.S. Botanic Garden

Working with Nature for Sustainable, Beautiful Gardens is a two-day symposium sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia.  

Day 1: Keynote presentation by Dr. Tallamy on how native plants can beautify your gardens while serving as central food sources for the insects, birds and butterflies that are essential to a healthy local ecosystem. Holly Shimizu will describe theLandscape for Life ™ program, an eco-friendly approach to gardening from the U.S. Botanic Garden that can provide a wealth of health and environmental benefits. The day also includes break-out sessions with local experts on elements of the Landscape for Life ™ program. To be held at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 South Stafford Street, Arlington, VA.

Day 2: Participants will tour the five VCE/MGNV Demonstration Gardens in Arlington and Alexandria to see the elements of the Landscape for Life™ program in action.

Register Now and Save!  Go to:  www.mgnv.org

Registration fee (includes a box lunch): $40 for early registration; $50 starting on April 1

www.ext.vt.edu  Virginia Cooperative Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state and local governments.  VCE sponsors and supports all Master Gardener activities. Its programs and employment are open to all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. An equal opportunity employer.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Arlington office of Virginia Cooperative Extension (703) 228-6400/TDD/PC 1-800-1120 during business hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM to discuss accommodation at least five business days prior to the event.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, February 6, 1012

CONTACT:   Kirsten Conrad Buhls, Agriculture Natural Resources Agent
                        Virginia Cooperative Extension  Arlington County, VA

Phone: 703-228-6423  Email: kbuhls@vt.edu

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Lectures 2012:

Cold Frames & Hot Beds: Extending Your Growing Season in Northern Virginia

This program offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension will demonstrate methods of extending the growing season to maximize your gardening efforts.   Mini-greenhouses, cold frames, cloches, floating row covers, hotcaps, and other means of utilizing solar energy, reducing wind effects, and promoting early season plant growth will be shared at this meeting.

ReBuild Warehouse staff will be demonstrating construction of a simple cold frame from recycled materials and will provide detailed instructions for building one for home use.

  • WHAT: Cold Frames & Hot Beds
  • WHEN: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
  • WHERE: Fairlington Community Center – 3308 South Stafford St., Arlington, VA
  • WHEN 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM 
  • COST – FREE –  Reserve a seat by calling 703-228-6414 or emailing the Master Gardener Horticulture Help Desk at mgarlalex@gmail.com
  • INSTRUCTOR:   Kirsten Conrad Buhls, Extension Agent – Horticulture                        Virginia Cooperative Extension

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 6, 2012

CONTACT:   Kirsten Conrad Buhls, Agriculture Natural Resources Agent
                        Virginia Cooperative Extension  Arlington County, VA

Phone: 703-228-6423  Email: kbuhls@vt.edu


Test Your Soil Before Applying Lawn Fertilizers

Fertilizer Containing Phosphorus To Be Restricted in 2013

Virginia is about to sign into a law, a set of measures that will restrict the sale and usage of fertilizer containing phosphorus.  It will go into effect in December 2013 and is expected to have an immediate impact on water quality.  Of the annual 230,000 lbs phosphorus that currently is reaching Virginia rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, this law will yield a 22% reduction of the pollutant by 2017.   Virginia and 8 other states including Maryland, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Wisconsin now have restrictions or bans on both the selling and the application of fertilizers containing phosphorus on home landscapes.   Nationwide, other states are expected to follow.  Exempt from these laws are organic fertilizers and the use of phosphorus in fertilizing of newly seeded lawns.  Also exempt, are fertilizers used in agriculture, arboriculture, and nurseries.  Scotts, the nation’s largest producer of fertilizer for home usage, recently announced it will phase out the use of phosphorus in all its lawn fertilizers by the end of 2012.  All manufacturers are expected to do the same.

Most established lawns do not need phosphorus, however, phosphorus is important for root growth and is considered critical in establishing new lawns. While, existing lawns require little if any phosphorus. the majority of commonly used lawn fertilizers include phosphorus in their nutrient mix.  In fact, the overuse of phosphorus and nitrogen is a major source of what is called ‘non-point-source’ or ‘diffuse’ water pollution.

Excess phosphorus is a source of serious problems in our natural waters.  It feeds algae in lakes, streams and bays causing an ‘algal bloom’.  Eventually, the algae dies and the decomposition process robs oxygen from the water, creating “dead zones” where fish and other marine creatures cannot survive.

Virginia’s law will …

  • prohibit the sale of lawn fertilizer containing phosphorus or compounds containing phosphorus
  • require that lawn fertilizer packages be clearly labeled with information on how to properly fertilize and reduce polluted runoff, including awareness of proximity to storm drains and drainage ditches.
  • require proper training of lawn service companies to apply fertilizer according to nutrient management standards.
  • bar the use of de-icers containing urea, nitrogen, or phosphorus.
  • Require retail establishments to …
    • provide signage that informs the public of the new law and noting the effects of phosphorus on state waters
    • post signage about the restrictions of usage.
    • separate phosphorus-containing fertilizers from phosphorus-free products in stores.

For more info on the new laws go here:  http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?111+ful+HB329  (2011 law)

And here: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+ful+HB1210 (amendments)

For more information on how to test your soil to determine optimum growing conditions for any kind of planting, please contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension Help Desk at 703 228 6414 or via email at mgarlalex@gmail.com

For information on having a speaker from the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia Speakers Bureau on lawn care or other sustainable landscape and gardening topics please contact Master Gardener Coordinator Kim Haun at khaun@vt.edu

www.ext.vt.edu Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. An equal opportunity employer.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Arlington office of Virginia Cooperative Extension (703) 228-6400/TDD/PC 1-800-1120 during business hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM to discuss accommodation at least five business days prior to the event.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 2, 2012

CONTACT:   Kirsten Conrad Buhls, Agriculture Natural Resources Agent
                        Virginia Cooperative Extension  Arlington County, VA

Phone: 703-228-6423  Email: kbuhls@vt.edu

Community Gardening 101:  A Workshop for Community Organizations and Non-profits Interested in Developing Community Gardens

Representatives of non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, and community and volunteer groups are invited to attend this seminar on Community Garden Development.   Sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia, the workshop will cover Checklists for Successful Garden Startups, local resources for community garden leaders, an overview of local, regional, and internet resources for community garden leaders, and materials from the American Community Garden Association.
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The day will also give participants a chance to hear from established community garden leaders about the trials, successes and planning that goes into a successful garden and will allow attendees to network with other garden leaders.

  •  What:      Community Gardening 101 Workshop for Community Groups
  • When:    Tuesday February 28th,   8:30 am– 12:00 noon
  • Where:   Fairlington Community Center  3308 S. Stafford St.  Arlington  VA.  22206
  • Cost:      Free

To Register:   Call 703 228 6414  or email mgarlalex@vt.edu
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For Immediate Release – January 15, 2012

CONTACT:  Kimberly Haun, Virginia Cooperative Extension
703-228-6426; khaun@arlingtonva.us

Starting Your Vegetable Garden
Indoors From Seed – A Free Public Workshop
Sponsored by the Arlington Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension
with Support from Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

Learn the basics of successful plant propagation, including seed selection, requirements for germination, tips on transplanting, and the importance of hardening plants before moving them outdoors.

Two Dates, Two Locations:

Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center
1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA

Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Walter Reed Community Center
2909 16th Street South, Arlington, VA

To register call 703-228-6414 or e-mail mgarlalex@gmail.com.

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For Immediate Release – 10/29/2011

Gardening on the Rooftop and Vertical Wall Gardens

CONTACT: Kirsten Buhls, Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent, Arlington Office – 703-228-6414

EMAIL: mgarlalex@gmail.com

The Arlington County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce the next program in the 2011 Sustainable Urban Agriculture Lecture Series of programs.  “Gardening on the Rooftop and Vertical Wall Gardens” will be presented by Thomas Schneider, owner of Rooftop Roots (www.rooftoprootsdc.org)and Agriculture Extension Agent Kirsten Buhls.  Techniques and tips will be presented to those interested in both vertical wall gardening and horizontal gardening on a rooftop.  The programs includes a lecture, discussion period, and hands-on demonstration on creating low-tech self-watering, five- gallon-size container gardens for rooftop use.

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S.
Stafford St. Arlington VA 22206.  Program is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Kirsten Buhls at 703 228 6414 or via email at mgarlalex@gmail.com

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For Immediate Release – 10/6/2011

Building Communities Through Gardening Workshop

CONTACT:    Rebecca McLean,
Childhood Obesity Action Network – 610-914-9347 
EMAIL: alexcoan@gmail.com

Learn how to start & manage your organization’s garden.  Plan for sustainability and create a program that will work for your organization.  Explore different models and hear lessons-learned from other organizations in Alexandria & Arlington that have already been gardening .  Take home checklists and resources that will help you hit the ground running!

This workshop is geared for non-profits, schools, churches, housing and community groups.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:30 a.m. until noon, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington VA 22206.  Registration is FREE! To reserve your space, contact: Rebecca McLean, Childhood Obesity Action Network, alexcoan@gmail.com, 6 10-914-9347

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