Between the Rows – July 2021 Edition

Welcome Veggie Gardeners – Check out the July 2021 edition of BTR!

Illustration © Melissa Joskow
  • July To-Do List
  • Now is the time to attract beneficial insects while deterring harmful insects and diseases
  • Friends of Urban Agriculture: Volunteer!
  • Beating the Bugs: Pests of cabbage, kale, and collards
  • News from the Organic Vegetable Garden
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Making Wise Plant Choices, Part 1

Climate-Conscious Gardening

Join Master Gardeners in the Arlington/Alexandria unit of Virginia Cooperative Extension in a series of monthly articles in 2021 as we explore the topic of climate change and practical actions individuals can take in their home landscapes in response. 

Photo © Elaine Mills

By Elaine Mills, Extension Master Gardener

In preceding posts in this series, we have considered gardening approaches that can reduce homeowners’ carbon footprints and presented adaptive techniques to assist in dealing with the challenges posed by climate change. Another area of concern is making informed choices about the plants we choose for our gardens.

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PERENNIAL: Tradescantia virginiana (Spiderwort)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This showy native, whose genus name honors naturalist John Tradescant, grows in scattered pockets throughout the eastern half of the United States.* Its common name may derive from several characteristics: its crouching spider-like leaf arrangement, web-like flower filaments or web-like sap secretions from cut stems. The Virginia Native Plant Society honored Spiderwort as Wildflower of the Year in 2008.

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Covid-19 Schedule Changes

Coronavirus Related Schedule Changes

OPERATING! – Our Plant Clinics are open again!

Check out our Plant Clinics, now operating (through September 25th)! 

  • The Arlington Farmers Market Plant Clinic, is open on Saturday mornings from 8-11 a.m., and is located at N. 14th St and N. Courthouse Rd. 
  • The Del Ray Farmers Market Plant Clinic, is open 8:30-11 a.m. at 203 E. Oxford Ave, Alexandria.
  • The Alexandria Farmers Market Plant Clinic, located at 301 King St., Alexandria, operates from 7:00 -9:30 a.m.

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