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 firstname.lastname@example.org; volunteers are checking daily and responding in a timely manner. Good pictures are a necessity for the best possible answers.
Soil tests are available in a plastic box hanging outside of the gate to the Teaching Garden in the back of the Fairlington Community Center at 3308 South Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22206 as well as at Greenstreet Garden Center at 1721 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22302.
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. 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.