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.
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Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, s*x, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, s*xual 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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Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program
03/22/2021

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

If your blueberry bushes have not yet started to grow, there is still time to prune!

What to prune: Until the end of the 3rd growing season, pruning consists mainly of the removal of low spreading canes, and dead and broken branches. As the bushes come into bearing, regular annual pruning will be necessary.

When to prune: Any time from leaf fall until before growth begins in the spring.

How to prune: During pruning, clean out old, dead wood, and keep three best 1-year-old canes. Locate the oldest canes and prune out one of every six existing canes; cut as close to the ground as possible. A mature blueberry bush should have 10 to 15 canes: two to three canes each of 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old canes

More info and complete instructions: https://resources.ext.vt.edu/contentdetail?contentid=2384

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How to prune blueberry bushes:
Clean out old, dead wood
Keep three best 1-year-old canes.
Locate the oldest canes and prune out one of every six existing canes; cut as close to the ground as possible.
A mature blueberry bush should have 10 to 15 canes: two to three canes each of 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old canes.

Virginia Cooperative Extension
03/22/2021

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Brood X, one of the world's largest swarms of giant fly-like bugs called #cicadas, is ready to rise- and it's looking like Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia will be their epicenter!
Read more about the cicadas and what Virginia Tech Department of Entomology's Eric Day has to say
👉 http://bit.ly/3cOR5wG #BroodX

03/20/2021
Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase 2021

Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase 2021

The second annual Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) will be held virtually on web and social media platforms during SEAS Week: April 19 – ...

The Loudoun County Master Gardeners Association (LCMGA) is participating in Give Choose, a local day of giving for Loudo...
03/16/2021
Loudoun County Master Gardener Association - GiveChoose

The Loudoun County Master Gardeners Association (LCMGA) is participating in Give Choose, a local day of giving for Loudoun non-profits. LCMGA is the non-profit organization that supports and funds the Extension Master Gardeners in Loudoun County. We are very grateful for any gift you can make. Visit https://www.givechoose.org/ and search for "Loudoun County Master Gardener" to donate, or go directly to https://www.givechoose.org/LoudounCountyMasterGardenerAssociation
Thank you for your support!

Our mission is to educate Loudoun County, VA residents about safe, effective and sustainable landscape management practices.

Only 25 virtual seats left for the Annual Gardening Symposium!  Don't be left out!  One more week!
03/12/2021

Only 25 virtual seats left for the Annual Gardening Symposium! Don't be left out! One more week!

The Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners are proud to present our 11th Annual Garden Symposium, Plant, Grow, Nurture: Gardening in Rhythm with Nature, on March 20, 2021. The fee is $40 for 4 inspirational speakers.

This year we are virtual, so attendees can enjoy the speakers from the comfort of their own home. Registrants not available on the 20th can watch a recording of the speakers at any time until the end of March. Event information can be found at https://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/events/annual-symposium/

03/06/2021
Trailer: Intro to Whole Farm Planning.

Trailer: Intro to Whole Farm Planning.

Coming to monitors everywhere in April 2021! This guided, six-week course will help beginning farmers and ranchers in Virginia make informed farm planning ...

Get inspiration for your gardens by attending the 11th Annual Gardening Symposium.  Registration open and filling!  Don'...
02/22/2021

Get inspiration for your gardens by attending the 11th Annual Gardening Symposium. Registration open and filling! Don't miss out!

The Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners are proud to present our 11th Annual Garden Symposium, Plant, Grow, Nurture: Gardening in Rhythm with Nature, on March 20, 2021. The fee is $40 for 4 inspirational speakers.

This year we are virtual, so attendees can enjoy the speakers from the comfort of their own home. Registrants not available on the 20th can watch a recording of the speakers at any time until the end of March. Event information can be found at https://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/events/annual-symposium/

Loudoun Environmental Education Alliance
02/21/2021

Loudoun Environmental Education Alliance

Do you know a Loudoun County student who might have an environmental project to share with a wide audience? LEEA is sponsoring the Second Annual Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase *SEAS* and we're actively looking for student video submissions through April 5th! Learn more at www.loudounnature.org and spread the word! #LoudounNature #LEEA #LoudounSEAS #studentleaders #LCPS #BoyScoutsOfAmerica #girlscoutsofamerica

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program
02/21/2021

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

Believe it or not, spring is on the way. Last frost dates are still several weeks out (see below), but if you live in one of the warmest regions of Virginia, you can get started planting cool weather crops (like mustard or radishes) in February!

Last frost dates:
Zone 6a: 5/5 - 5/15
Zone 6b: 4/25 - 5/5
Zone 7a: 4/15 - 4/25
Zone 7b: 4/5 - 4/15
Zone 8a: 4/5 - 4/15

🍅 For more detailed information according to your USDA zone, check our planting guide. If you start seeds for vegetables like tomatoes or peppers indoors, be sure to check your recommended transplant dates and start your seeds in advance of that date.

Virginia’s Home Garden Vegetable Planting Guide: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-331/426-331.html

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Vegetables to plant in February

Zone 6a
Nothing

Zone 6b
Nothing

Zone 7a
Nothing

Zone 7b
Beets
Collards, Kale
Mustard
Onion, Bulbing (set or seed)
Peas, Garden
Radish
Spinach

Zone 8a
Beets
Collards, Kale
Carrots
Mustard
Onion, Bulbing (set or seed)
Peas, Garden
Radish
Spinach

Image description: State of Virginia divided into color-coded USDA planting regions with accompanying chart listing which vegetables can be planted.

The Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners are proud to present our 11th Annual Garden Symposium, Plant, Grow, Nurtur...
02/08/2021

The Loudoun County Extension Master Gardeners are proud to present our 11th Annual Garden Symposium, Plant, Grow, Nurture: Gardening in Rhythm with Nature, on March 20, 2021. The fee is $40 for 4 inspirational speakers.

This year we are virtual, so attendees can enjoy the speakers from the comfort of their own home. Registrants not available on the 20th can watch a recording of the speakers at any time until the end of March. Event information can be found at https://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/events/annual-symposium/

A Quick Introduction to Types of Goat Operations.
02/03/2021
A Quick Introduction to Types of Goat Operations.

A Quick Introduction to Types of Goat Operations.

A Just-A-Minute Video providing a fun introduction to several types of goat operations. Developed for FFA advisors, teachers, and home school parents.

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program
01/24/2021

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

Did you know that bird feeders should be located at least 6 feet off the ground and around 15 feet from bushes?

If feeders are placed too close to bushes, predators like cats can easily hide and pounce on the birds as they eat. House cats are the #1 human-caused threat to birds!

Feeders should be located near sources of cover, like trees, which birds can use to hide from arial predators.

For more information on locating bird feeders see:https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/HORT/HORT-59/HORT-59-PDF.pdf

For information on feeding birds, including which types of feed to put out, see: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/420/420-006/420-006.html

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Bird Feeder 101
TUBE-TYPE FEEDERS attract American goldfinches, chickadees, and a variety of other species.
Feeders should be at least 6 feet above the ground.
PATFORM FEEDERS are popular with many common birds including blue jays and grackles.
Sources of food, cover, and water need to be located near each other.
Locate feeders 15 feet from bushes to provide perching spots and a place to escape from aerial predators but not close enough for predators, such as cats, to hide and pounce.
Juncos, white-throated sparrows, fox sparrows, and towhees will feed ON THE GROUND.

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program
01/15/2021

Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

Preparing seeds for your spring garden? How do you know if those old seeds are still good?!

This handy chart provides an estimate for how long common seeds are viable, if stored properly.

If you are uncertain about whether seeds will germinate, you can do an easy germination test. Count out a specific number of seeds, anywhere from ten to one hundred seeds. Moisten a paper towel or a coffee filter and place the seeds on it. Fold or roll up the moistened paper over the seeds, making sure that the seeds don't touch each other, and put the paper inside a plastic bag in a warm place. Check the seeds after two or three days and then every day thereafter for a week or so. Spray the paper as need to maintain moisture. After the standard germination period has passed (as provided on the seed packet), count to see how many seeds have germinated and calculate the percentage of germination by dividing the number of seeds germinated by the number of seeds tested. Compare the germination percentage it to the germination rate (if there is one) on the seed packet label. If the seed germination rate is high, then the seeds are fine to plant. If the germination rate is low, you may want to purchase new seeds.

More info on garden seeds:https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/426/426-316/426-316_pdf.pdf

Source for viability test:https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=12950

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Are my seeds still good?
Vegetable Years
Asparagus 3
Bean 3
Beet 4
Broccoli 3
Brussels sprouts 4
Cabbage 4
Carrot 3
Cauliflower 4
Celery 3
Collards 5
Corn, sweet 2
Cress, water 5
Cucumber 5
Eggplant 4
Kale 4
Kohlrabi 3
Leek 2
Lettuce 6
Muskmelon 5
Mustard 4
Okra 2
Parsley 1
Parsnip 1
Pea 3
Pepper 2
Pumpkin 4
Radish 5
Rutabaga 4
Spinach 3
Squash 4
Tomato 4
Turnip 4
Watermelon 4

Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District
12/16/2020

Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District

Our Virginia Dominion Energy Envirothon program is offering a Free Training Workshop online on January 30th, 2021. This workshop is geared not only to current teams who are “in training” for the spring competition, but also to any students and staff who have an interest in the program and simply wish to learn more. Find more detail about Envirothon and register for the online free training at www.loudounsoilandwater.com/education/envirothon

Extension Master Gardener
12/15/2020

Extension Master Gardener

TIS THE SEASON OF THE URBAN LEGEND OF POINSETTIAS

Once upon a time in 1919 in Hawaii, an Army officer’s two-year old was found dead next to a poinsettia shrub. It was rumored that the child had ingested poinsettia leaves and died. Twenty-five years later this urban legend was so popular that it was published as fact in the book, “Poisonous Plants of Hawaii.” The actual truth is, the event never happened. Today you can still light up the Internet like a Christmas tree when growers, garden writers, and social media posts a positive article on this beautiful holiday plant. The uproar from horrified parents and pet-owners is that poinsettias are fatally toxic.

The truth is that a 25 lb. child would have to eat 500 – 600 poinsettia leaves to get a stomachache, something that would happen if a child ate 500 – 600 leaves of any common plant found in a landscape, including vegetables. In 1996, nearly 850,000 cases of plants being eaten or touched were investigated by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Poinsettia plants were the subject of 22,793 cases and the focus of the research to assess toxicity and fatality of eating poinsettia plants. No human deaths were reported out of all the cases. Accidents, involving mostly children, were responsible for nearly 99% of the cases, Many patients in these incidents did not need hospital treatment and most did not develop any major side effects from eating or touching the poinsettia. For pets, the same side effects of irritation, stomachaches, and vomiting happened but no fatalities. .

The miracle this Christmas is that you can enjoy your beautiful holiday poinsettias. It's a good rule of thumb all year to keep supervision of small children and chewing-stage pets anytime they are around indoor or outdoor plants. The best way to spread this Christmas cheer is educating that poinsettias are not fatal loud enough for all to hear. ~ tw

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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...
10/28/2020

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 through October!

Have you ever wondered how your vegetable garden should be coming along this time of year? Are your tomatoes ripening wh...
10/22/2020

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 through October!

10/16/2020

Application packet for the 2021 Master Gardener Training Class is due in one week. October 23rd is the deadline. Expand your horizons and join the group to educate the public on sustainable growing of edibles as well as ornamentals.

Click link for more details: http://loudouncountymastergardeners.org/become-a-master-gardener/

Have you ever wondered how your vegetable garden should be coming along this time of year? Are your tomatoes ripening wh...
10/08/2020

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 through October!

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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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