organic vegetable gardening, wiki

Vegetable Gardening Resources for Mid-Atlantic Gardeners

Are you new to vegetable gardening in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania or other parts of the Mid-Atlantic region? Here are several free vegetable gardening resources from regional experts that might be of interest to you or someone you know.   Vegetable Gardening Practices to Protect the Chesapeake Bay and Waterways This useful, brief self-assessment from the…

soil tests, wiki

Soil Tests for Home Gardeners

When was the last time you conducted soil tests in your yard? As you probably know, soil tests identify areas in your yard with nutrient deficiencies, as well as areas that are fine and don’t require fertilizers or amendments. So soil tests help us use fertilizers more effectively, save money, and improve the health of…

Seed starting, wiki

Seed Starting Resources for Mid-Atlantic Gardeners

The growing number of seed starting workshops and classes that we’re entering into the Mid-Atlantic Gardener calendar of gardening events this winter tells me that more of us are choosing to enjoy home-grown food from our own gardens. Are you ready to learn about growing your own vegetables (and flowers) from seed? Or do you…

winter pruning resources, wiki

Winter Pruning Resources in Mid-Atlantic

Winter pruning of trees and shrubs is on the minds of many gardeners as we approach February. So now is a great time for a refresher on best practices for winter pruning. We’re currently updating the Mid-Atlantic Gardener calendar of gardening events for 2017, and you’ll see several pruning classes, workshops and demonstrations coming to…

Penn State Extension

Penn State Extension Gardening Manual Now Available

Penn State Extension recently published the revised Master Gardener Manual, an 800-page hardcover, case-bound resource covering a broad range of gardening and landscape topics and best practices. Even if you’re not a Master Gardener or considering becoming one – the two primary audiences intended for this publication – the manual is available to the public…

Tried and true native plants, MAG

Tried and True Native Plants for Your Garden

Looking for tried and true native plants to add to your landscape? Lucky for you, the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV)  created the “Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic” to help educate people about native plants and encourage more people to plant them. The online MGNV fact sheets include nearly 100…

Native shrubs with winter interest. wiki

10 Shrubs with Winter Interest

Many shrubs with winter interest could be perfect candidates for your yard, and a couple on this list have the extra benefit of being native shrubs. Who wouldn’t enjoy beautiful blooms, foliage, or fruit; interesting forms or branch structures; fragrances, and other attributes of these shrubs during the cold winter months. Les Parks, Curator of…

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Arlington Garden Tool Lending Library Grows Fans

The Arlington Garden Tool Lending Library offers residents temporary use of nearly 150 gardening tools. What a brilliant idea! I passed the program during a recent visit to Central Library, the main branch of the library system in Arlington, Virginia. Housed inside “The Shed” located in a library courtyard, the program offers planting and digging…

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Planting Bulbs: 7 Tips for this Fall

Planting bulbs this fall is a great way to ensure cheerful blooms in the spring. Here are seven tips to help you grow a beautiful display. Purchase high-quality bulbs. Select bulbs that are firm and unbroken, not withered and dry. Bulbs should be mold-free with no soft spots or scabs. And pick the largest bulbs…

Pest management and control in vegetable garden

New VCE Pest Management Guides Now Available

New guidelines from Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) at Virginia Tech provide safe, effective and animal-friendly ways to manage pests in your vegetable garden and landscape. The new 2016 Pest Management Guides are a three-volume publication. Most residential gardeners will be interested in the section 2016 Home Grounds and Animal, which outlines best practices in pest…