Friday, February 17, 2012

Starting Your Vegetable Garden From Seeds Indoors - Seminar

Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Walter Reed Community Center,2909 16th Street South, Arlington, VA

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.  

To register call the Master Gardener Horticulture Help Desk at 703-228-6414 or e-mail   

Maryland Farmers Offer Bay Friendly Gardening Tips - with links

Well, I’ve seen this headline and read this media post on at least 5 sources, including CBS Baltimore, The Washington Post,, and others.
The media release says this:
Maryland farmers are offering homeowners tips on bay-friendly backyard gardening practices.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture says the educational campaign highlights the importance of garden planning during the winter for stronger, healthier gardens and lawns and a cleaner Chesapeake Bay. Topics include proper use of fertilizers, pesticide alternatives, erosion and runoff control and water conservation.
Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance says many routine farm-based conservation measures can easily be adapted to lawn care and gardens.
Gardeners can get tips by visiting the department’s website or calling the University of Maryland Home and Garden Information Center at 410-531-5573 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
The problem is, none of the sources provide the direct link to the bay-friendly gardening tips.

So for everyone else who had a hard time finding the tips, here are some of the gardening tips provided by Maryland Farmers: Backyard Actions for a Cleaner Chesapeake Bay

10th Annual Good Gardening Symposium – March 10th

Prince George master gardeners will present their 10th annual Good Gardening Symposium, "Indulge Your Senses" from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Prince George High School, 7801 Laurel Spring Road.

Featured speakers will be Ruth Burch, with Butterfly Society of Virginia; Bill Swanson, master gardener in Powhatan; Kathy Chain, owner of The Herbs of Happy Hill; and Wanda Johnson, with VCE, VSU. Topics include identifying butterflies; how to harvest the most produce from a given space, a hobby that leads you around by the nose, and new and interesting ways to prepare your vegetable harvest.

There is limited seating at the symposium. The registration fee is $10. For more information, call 804- 733-2686, visit the Master Gardener website at or email . Read more.

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