Master Gardeners of Loudoun County, Virginia

Master Gardeners of Loudoun County, Virginia We are Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, assisting the homeowner community with unbiased, research-based horticultural information.
Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital, family, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.
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Have you ever wondered how your vegetable garden should be coming along this time of year? Are your tomatoes ripening wh...
09/03/2020

Have you ever wondered how your vegetable garden should be coming along this time of year? Are your tomatoes ripening when expected? Are certain pests typical for this month? When can you plant a fall garden?

See if your garden is on track with our “Veggie Journals”.
http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/ca…/veggie-journals/

Written by a Loudoun County Extension Master Gardener in 2013, these journals are full of valuable information. Weather conditions might vary but most information applies year to year!

Follow along with our posts through October!

Have you ever wondered how your vegetable garden should be coming along this time of year? Are your tomatoes ripening wh...
08/27/2020

Have you ever wondered how your vegetable garden should be coming along this time of year? Are your tomatoes ripening when expected? Are certain pests typical for this month? When can you plant a fall garden?

See if your garden is on track with our “Veggie Journals”.
http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/ca…/veggie-journals/

Written by a Loudoun County Extension Master Gardener in 2013, these journals are full of valuable information. Weather conditions might vary but most information applies year to year!

Follow along with our posts August through October!

Thank you for following along this summer as we shared  the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Mast...
08/21/2020

Thank you for following along this summer as we shared the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.

Learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources and achieve a Certified Loudoun Yard!

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/progra…/my-backyard/

Have you ever wondered how your vegetable garden should be coming along this time of year? Are your tomatoes ripening wh...
08/21/2020

Have you ever wondered how your vegetable garden should be coming along this time of year? Are your tomatoes ripening when expected? Are certain pests typical for this month? When can you plant a fall garden?

See if your garden is on track with our “Veggie Journals”.
http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/ca…/veggie-journals/

Written by a Loudoun County Extension Master Gardener in 2013, these journals are full of valuable information. Weather conditions might vary but most information applies year to year!

Follow along with our posts August through October!

Last but not least, the final "Yard Action" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Garden...
08/14/2020

Last but not least, the final "Yard Action" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.

Learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources.

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/progra…/my-backyard/

Have you ever wondered how your vegetable garden should be coming along this time of year? Are your tomatoes ripening wh...
08/12/2020

Have you ever wondered how your vegetable garden should be coming along this time of year? Are your tomatoes ripening when expected? Are certain pests typical for this month? When can you plant a fall garden?

See if your garden is on track with our “Veggie Journals”.
http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/ca…/veggie-journals/

Written by a Loudoun County Extension Master Gardener in 2013, these journals are full of valuable information. Weather conditions might vary but most information applies year to year!

Follow along with our posts August through October!

Still following along with the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners?Keep checking in...
08/07/2020

Still following along with the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners?

Keep checking in each week to learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources.

Take a look at "Yard Action #9"! Almost there!

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/progra…/my-backyard/

Have you ever wondered how your vegetable garden should be coming along this time of year?  Are your tomatoes ripening w...
08/03/2020

Have you ever wondered how your vegetable garden should be coming along this time of year? Are your tomatoes ripening when expected? Are certain pests typical for this month? When can you plant a fall garden?

See if your garden is on track with our “Veggie Journals”.
http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/category/veggie-journals/

Written by a Loudoun County Extension Master Gardener in 2013, these journals are full of valuable information. Weather conditions might vary but most information applies year to year!

Follow along with our posts August through October!

Take a look at "Yard Action #8" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.Follow u...
07/31/2020

Take a look at "Yard Action #8" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.

Follow us each week to learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources.

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/progra…/my-backyard/

Here is "Yard Action #7" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.Follow us each ...
07/24/2020

Here is "Yard Action #7" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.

Follow us each week to learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources.

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/progra…/my-backyard/

Still following along with the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners?Keep checking in...
07/17/2020

Still following along with the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners?

Keep checking in each week to learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources.

Take a look at "Yard Action #6"!

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/progra…/my-backyard/

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program
07/13/2020

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

Blossom-end rot is caused by a shortage of calcium in enlarging fruits. You can have plenty of calcium in your soil and still have blossom end rot!

If you experience drought conditions, your plant may not be able to effectively transport the calcium in your soil to the developing fruit, resulting in blossom end rot.

🍅 Factors that encourage blossom-end rot include low soil pH and low levels of calcium, inconsistent watering, shallow watering or droughty conditions, and excessive use of nitrogen fertilizers.

🍅 Spraying affected plants with a calcium chloride solution may offer some temporary relief. Regular, deep watering will alleviate the problem if calcium levels in the soil are adequate.

💥 Always get a soil test! If you suspect your blossom end rot is caused by lack of calcium or soil pH, contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office to ask about a soil test! 💥

Symptoms are rarely seen in cherry tomatoes and are most often seen in large plum or paste-type tomato cultivars and long pepper fruits.

Blossom end rot is a common nutritional disorder of tomato, pepper, eggplant, pumpkin, squash and watermelon.

More info on blossom end rot: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/blossom-end-rot-vegetables

More info on growing successful tomatoes:
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/426/426-418/426-418_pdf.pdf

Half way there! Have you been following us each week this summer to learn the "Yard Actions" of the My Backyard Program?...
07/11/2020

Half way there! Have you been following us each week this summer to learn the "Yard Actions" of the My Backyard Program?

Each positive step YOU take can help to preserve our natural resources & earn "inches" toward a Certified Loudoun Yard!

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/progra…/my-backyard/

Here is "Yard Action #5" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.Follow us each ...
07/10/2020

Here is "Yard Action #5" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.

Follow us each week to learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources.

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/progra…/my-backyard/

July vegetable planting!
07/04/2020

July vegetable planting!

It's July! Celebrate our beautiful natural environment by planting some backyard veggies!

It's not quite time to begin planting fall crops, but there are still a number of summer veggies you can get in the ground this weekend.

If you have already planted some summer favorites like beans or cucumbers, consider planting more so that your crops will not all be ready at the same time.

🍅 View the full planting calendar: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-331/426-331.html

🍅 For all our publications on home vegetable gardening: https://ext.vt.edu/lawn-garden/home-vegetables.html

🍅 Don't know what zone you're in? Look up your zip code here: https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/

JULY Chart Text
* = transplant

Zone 6a
Beans, lima
Brussels Sprouts
Muskmelons
Okra
Pumpkins
Southern Pea
Squash, Winter
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potato
Watermelon
cauliflower*
eggplant*
peppers*
tomatoes*

Zone 6b
Beans, Lima
Brussell Sprouts
Collards, Kale
Musk Melons
Okra
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Rutabega
Southern Pea
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potato
Watermelon
cabbage*
cauliflower*
eggplant*
peppers*
tomatoes*

Zone 7a
Beans, Bush
Beans, pole
Beans, Lima
Cucumbers
Musk Melons
Okra
Pumpkins
Rutabega
Southern Pea
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potato
Watermelon
eggplant*
peppers*
tomatoes*

Zone 7b
Beans, Bush
Beans, pole
Beans, Lima
Cucumbers
Musk Melons
Okra
Pumpkins
Rutabega
Southern Pea
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potato
Watermelon
eggplant*
peppers*
tomatoes*

Zone 8a
Beans, Bush
Beans, pole
Beans, Lima
Cucumbers
Musk Melons
Okra
Pumpkins
Rutabega
Southern Pea
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potato
Watermelon
eggplant*
peppers*
tomatoes*

Take a look at "Yard Action #4" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.Follow u...
07/03/2020

Take a look at "Yard Action #4" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.

Follow us each week to learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources.

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/progra…/my-backyard/

Check out "Yard Action #3" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.Follow us eac...
06/26/2020

Check out "Yard Action #3" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.

Follow us each week to learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources.

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/progra…/my-backyard/

Learn the correct way to water!
06/23/2020

Learn the correct way to water!

Watering seems simple, but the way you water can actually have a big impact on how plant roots grow.

Frequent light watering, such as emptying a small cup into a plant every day, encourages roots to grow near the top of your pot in soil that can easily dry out. Infrequent heavy watering encourages roots to grow down towards the bottom of your pot where it's less likely to dry out.

To learn more about watering including how to tell when it's time to water and how much water to provide, check out this lesson in our Get Gardening series featuring Chris Epes of Norfolk Virginia Cooperative Extension & Norfolk Master Gardeners

https://www.facebook.com/VCEMasterGardenerProgram/videos/773286626535886/

Here is "Yard Action #2" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.Follow us each ...
06/19/2020

Here is "Yard Action #2" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.

Follow us each week to learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources.

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/progra…/my-backyard/

Vegetables to plant in June!
06/15/2020

Vegetables to plant in June!

Growing vegetables is something you can do, and you can get started today!

Vegetable gardening doesn't have to be complicated or require expensive materials to start--as Dr. Comer said in our recent Get Gardening! session on gardening beyond the backyard, "You can grow vegetables in junk!"

Check out Dr. Comer's session here for more information on gardening in recycled containers and starting plants from grocery store scraps: https://www.facebook.com/VCEMasterGardenerProgram/videos/531703290852756/

For more information on which veggies to plant when, check out our complete guide: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-331/426-331.html

And all of our veggie gardening resources here: https://ext.vt.edu/lawn-garden/home-vegetables.html

Chart text:
VEGETABLES TO PLANT IN JUNE

ZONE 6A
Beans, Bush
Beans, pole
Beans, lima
Cucumbers
Muskmelons
Okra
Pumpkins
Southern Pea
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potato
Watermelon
eggplant*
leeks*
peppers*
tomatoes*

ZONE 6B
Beans, Bush
Beans, pole
Beans, Lima
Cucumbers
Muskmelons
Okra
Pumpkins
Southern Pea
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potato
Watermelon
eggplant*
tomatoes*
peppers*

ZONE 7A
Beans, Bush
Beans, pole
Beans, Lima
Cucumbers
Muskmelons
Okra
Pumpkins
Southern Pea
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potato
Watermelon
eggplant*
peppers*
tomatoes*

ZONE 7B
Beans, Bush
Beans, pole
Beans, Lima
Cucumbers
Muskmelons
Okra
Pumpkins
Southern Pea
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potato
Watermelon
eggplant*
peppers*
tomatoes*

ZONE 8A
Beans, Bush
Beans, pole
Beans, Lima
Cucumbers
Muskmelons
Okra
Pumpkins
Southern Pea
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potato
Watermelon
eggplant*
peppers*
tomatoes*

This week we introduce you to the first "Yard Action" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Mas...
06/12/2020

This week we introduce you to the first "Yard Action" of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners.

Follow us each week to learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources.

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/progra…/my-backyard/

Good bug or bad bug?
06/11/2020

Good bug or bad bug?

Warm weather brings bugs! But before you squish, spray, or otherwise treat: are you sure it's a "pest?"

Beneficial insects feed on aphids, cutworms, and other true pests. Pictured is a wheel bug, a type of assassin bug, that will feed on aphids, leafhoppers, asparagus beetle and Mexican bean beetle eggs and larvae, and even caterpillars.

Downloadable Rutgers publication on beneficial insects: https://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/publication.php?pid=FS295

UMD guide to beneficial insects/predators: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/pollinators-natural-enemies-beneficial-insects

Improve pest management and pollination with farmscaping:https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/ENTO/ento-325/ENTO-325.pdf

Have you heard of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners?What are "yard actions"? ...
06/06/2020

Have you heard of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners?

What are "yard actions"? Follow us each week to learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources.

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/programs/my-backyard/

Have you heard of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners?Follow us in the days and...
06/05/2020

Have you heard of the My Backyard Program offered by Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners?

Follow us in the days and weeks to come to learn about the positive steps YOU can take to preserve our natural resources.

The self guided program is just a click away. Join us to make a difference!

http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/programs/my-backyard/

This online event is offered by our fellow Extension Master Gardeners in Arlington/Alexandria.VCE Arlington/Alexandria: ...
06/01/2020
ONLINE: Climate Conscious Gardening – Event Details

This online event is offered by our fellow Extension Master Gardeners in Arlington/Alexandria.
VCE Arlington/Alexandria: Climate Conscious Gardening
Fri, June 5, 10:00am – 11:30am

As our changing climate brings more unpredictable weather patterns, gardeners play an increasingly important role in serving as stewards of the environment. Learn about five categories of practical actions homeowners can take in their own backyards to either mitigate or adapt to changes in our climate.

Register at: https://mgnv.org/event/online-climate-conscious-gardening-event-details/

Our Zoom Class size limit is 500. If you change your mind, please cancel, as we have a high demand. As our changing climate brings more unpredictable weather patterns, gardeners play an increasingl…

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Virginia Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach program of Virginia's land grant universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, and a part of the national Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. Every state has a Cooperative Extension office and now 48 states have a Master Gardener Program. The Master Gardener Program was established to assist the Extension office in meeting the enormous increase in requests from homeowners for horticultural information and advice.

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Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00
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Thursday 09:00 - 12:00
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