Extension Master Gardener Help Desk

MGNV---Extension-Master-Gardener-Help-Desk-Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all Extension Master Gardener volunteers are working from home. The Extension Master Gardener Help Desk is operating daily.

Please send all gardening questions via email to mgarlalex@gmail.com; volunteers are checking daily and responding in a timely manner. Good pictures are a necessity for the best possible answers.

The more information we have, the better we are at diagnosing your problem. For example, samples or photos of plants or insects are extremely helpful. We recommend you watch Elaine Mills’ video on plant identification for tips on how to take the best photos to submit to the Help Desk.

It also would be helpful to know when they were planted, how often and how long you water them, whether any fertilizer, pesticides or fungicides have been used on or near them, and whether you have noticed any insect infestation (in which case, please try to bring in a specimen) or damage from recent high winds in the area. And don’t be surprised if we recommend soil testing – soil tests kits are available are available in a plastic box hanging outside of the gate to the Teaching Garden  in the back of the Fairlington Community Center as well as at Greenstreet Garden Center at 1721 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22302.

The VCE website  is another resource for answers to many garden-related questions.