Virginia Cooperative Extension - Virginia Beach

Virginia Cooperative Extension - Virginia Beach The City of Virginia Beach office of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE)
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We have soil test kits in our office in Building 14 of the VB Municipal Center as well as in most VB Libraries. Test you...
10/03/2023

We have soil test kits in our office in Building 14 of the VB Municipal Center as well as in most VB Libraries. Test your soil today!

Fall is the perfect time to perform a soil test to give you plenty of time to amend your soil for next year.

If you want to learn how to perform a soil test, is here to help: https://bit.ly/48EXiHY

VA Beach 4-H is hosting an event with the help of Chef Kip Poole to show and teach everyone how to add some creativity t...
09/29/2023

VA Beach 4-H is hosting an event with the help of Chef Kip Poole to show and teach everyone how to add some creativity to our holiday dinner menus using country ham. Registration is limited to the first 75 registrants who pay in full. Don't be left out. Get registered in full Now!!! Use this link and QR code to register. https://tinyurl.com/kvcwunfm

TOMORROW is Orientation Day! Join us to learn more about volunteering with VCE as a Master Gardener Volunteer.
09/27/2023

TOMORROW is Orientation Day! Join us to learn more about volunteering with VCE as a Master Gardener Volunteer.

Mark your calendar for NEXT THURSDAY, 9/28. Come out and learn how to become a VCE Master Gardener volunteer in Virginia...
09/21/2023

Mark your calendar for NEXT THURSDAY, 9/28. Come out and learn how to become a VCE Master Gardener volunteer in Virginia Beach.

09/21/2023

ALERT: Due to the expected weather this weekend, the VBMG Fall Garden Festival has been rescheduled to October 7th (10 AM - 3 PM). The same great demonstrations, activities, and plant sale will go on! We will also have our crafted treasures for sale. As many of the societies that can make the rescheduled date will also be there.
Please note the "Fall Reflections" flower show hosted by The Tidewater District Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs will continue to be scheduled inside the AREC building this weekend, but everything else will be moved to October 7th.

09/20/2023

Does your lawn need to be aerated? Do the Goatley test! Find a screwdriver and try to press it 3-4 inches into your lawn. It should go into averagely-moist soil without tremendous effort. If you really have to push to get it in, it's time to rent a core aerator.

Rent a core aerator at many garden or rental centers. Some lawn or landscape companies will perform the service for a fee. Be sure that the machine has hollow tines or spoons to bring the soil core to the surface. Look for machines with deeper tines and weight over the tines for better pe*******on into the soil.

In Virginia, the best time to aerate cool season lawns of tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass is in late August to mid September. This is when these lawns are coming out of summer dormancy and beginning a period of vigorous growth. Lawns will recover quickly from aeration at this time.

Learn about aeration here:https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/430/430-002/430-002_pdf.pdf

And get answers to all your lawn care questions from Dr. Turf:
https://turf.spes.vt.edu/extension/vce-turf-media.html

Post Text: Is it time to aerate your lawn? Do the Goatley test! See if you can easily push a screwdriver 3-4 inches deep into your soil. If it's too hard to push it in 3-4 inches, it's time to aerate! "Have you thought about calling Dr Turf?"

Just getting ready for a yummy season with VA Beach 4-H.
09/18/2023

Just getting ready for a yummy season with VA Beach 4-H.

The Top Shooter 4-H Club is hosting an Open House on September 24th.  Please, RSVP and attend.
09/12/2023

The Top Shooter 4-H Club is hosting an Open House on September 24th. Please, RSVP and attend.

Join the VA Beach 4-H Livestock this month, September 25, 2023, for our first meeting of the 4-H  2023/2024 program year...
09/12/2023

Join the VA Beach 4-H Livestock this month, September 25, 2023, for our first meeting of the 4-H 2023/2024 program year. Bring your friends and let's do something great together this year.

09/06/2023

Apply now Back to search results Job no: 526743 Work type: Administrative & Professional Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences Department: Southeast District Coop. Extension Location: Norfolk, Virginia Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

09/05/2023

Apply now Back to search results Job no: 526891 Work type: Administrative & Professional Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences Department: Southeast District Coop. Extension Location: Toano, Virginia Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

09/04/2023
The Virginia Beach Office of Virginia Cooperation Extension is seeking your input.  https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/fo...
09/02/2023

The Virginia Beach Office of Virginia Cooperation Extension is seeking your input.
https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0jDP8lM9LGRydAq

Every five years, Extension conducts a situation analysis to identify emerging needs in the community. Please help us ensure that we are best meeting your needs by completing our survey and sharing your thoughts on how we should direct our resources to provide educational programs. As we plan and design our programs, we need your opinions on the most critical issues for Virginia Beach residents.

Would you like to share gardening information with others in your community? Consider becoming a VCE Master Gardener Vol...
09/01/2023

Would you like to share gardening information with others in your community? Consider becoming a VCE Master Gardener Volunteer. Our volunteers learn research-based, scientific horticulture techniques in order to benefit their communities through education. Join us September 28 to learn more about the application and training process.

From the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:The 2023 Beehive Distribution Program began on Aug. 28...
08/31/2023

From the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

The 2023 Beehive Distribution Program began on Aug. 28! VDACS will accept applications for the program from Aug. 28 through Sept. 12. The program provides free equipment for assembling new beehives to Va residents. Qualified applicants are selected at random. For more info: https://ow.ly/zSwO50PBq0X

Stay safe out there, Virginia Beach!
08/30/2023

Stay safe out there, Virginia Beach!

With Hurricane heading toward the U.S., it's a good time to make sure you and your family are prepared for possible bad weather. Here's some great information for staying safe and preparing for an emergency from our experts:

🌀 Make a Family Emergency Kit https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/pubs_ext_vt_edu/en/VCE/VCE-486/VCE-486.html

🌀 Preparing for an Emergency: The Smart Thing to Do https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/3104/3104-1590/3104-1590.html

🌀 Child Emergency Preparedness
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/VCE/VCE-411/VCE-411.html

🌀 Emergency Preparedness: Pets
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/VCE/VCE-414/VCE-414.html

🌀 Emergency Preparedness: Floods
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/VCE/VCE-413/VCE-413.html

🌀 Emergency Preparedness: Basic First-Aid Supplies https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/pubs_ext_vt_edu/en/VCE/VCE-409/VCE-409.html

08/24/2023

Mixing your own pesticides using household products can be harmful to you, your plants and pets, and the environment.

myth buster and pesticide expert Stephanie Blevins Wycoff clears up common misconceptions about homemade pesticides ⤵️
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/ENTO/ento-570/ento-570.html

Be on the lookout 👀
08/16/2023

Be on the lookout 👀

Hammerhead worms are once again making their way to backyards across the United States. They were most recently spotted in Washington, D.C and Virginia but have been around for some time. While they may look harmless, it’s important to note that they secrete toxins that could be dangerous to humans and pets.

Theresa Dellinger, an entomologist with the Virginia Tech Insect Identification Lab provides tips for what to do if you encounter one. ⤵️
https://news.vt.edu/articles/2023/08/hammerhead_worms_expert.html

The 2023 VA Ag Expo was held in Virginia Beach Thursday. Land of Promise Farms hosted the event which is held in a diffe...
08/04/2023

The 2023 VA Ag Expo was held in Virginia Beach Thursday. Land of Promise Farms hosted the event which is held in a different location throughout the state each year and showcases the diversity of different areas of the state. Many agricultural leaders and farmers attended, and Gov. Glenn Youngkin also spoke at the event, thanking the owners of Land of Promise Farms and other agriculture workers for their dedication and expertise. It's the largest agricultural field day held in Virginia, taking place every year on the first Thursday of August. Around 2,000 to 2,500 people came to the event.
https://vasoybean.com/ag-expo/
https://landofpromisefarms.com/
https://www.facebook.com/vaagexpo/

Wow! 👀 What a sight!! Plants are truly magnificent.
07/19/2023

Wow! 👀 What a sight!! Plants are truly magnificent.

A towering plant in full bloom in Norfolk looks like something straight out of Dr. Seuss.

What do you do with all those tomatoes from your garden?  How can you save money on your grocery bill by buying directly...
07/13/2023

What do you do with all those tomatoes from your garden? How can you save money on your grocery bill by buying directly from local farmers and making your own pasta sauces or canning your own tomatoes? Come get SAUCY with 4-H and let us show you how.
Register to participate. Space is limited.
https://tinyurl.com/VBGettingSaucy

How is your vegetable garden looking? Are you seeing any pest issues? If you need help identifying pests, contact our Ex...
06/30/2023

How is your vegetable garden looking? Are you seeing any pest issues? If you need help identifying pests, contact our Extension Help Desk at [email protected] or 757-385-8156. Also check out this video on pests and diseases of the vegetable garden.

There’s still time to grow good food in your own backyard! Check the list for Zone 8a.
06/30/2023

There’s still time to grow good food in your own backyard! Check the list for Zone 8a.

July starts tomorrow! Here's what you can plant!

ℹ️ Find more detailed information about planting dates in our Home Gardening Vegetable Planting Guide: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-331/426-331.html

Planning on working in your yard this weekend? Take some tips from Dr. Natalie Foret on gardening ergonomics and save yo...
06/28/2023

Planning on working in your yard this weekend? Take some tips from Dr. Natalie Foret on gardening ergonomics and save yourself some back pain later.

What pollinators are you observing in your garden? Take a look at what others have found.
06/24/2023

What pollinators are you observing in your garden? Take a look at what others have found.

Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. This community science project is hosted by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign's (NAPPC) Pollinator Communications Taskforce. Join this project to help collect data on the distribution o...

Are you interested in attracting pollinators to your yard? Check out this informative video about plants for pollinators...
06/22/2023

Are you interested in attracting pollinators to your yard? Check out this informative video about plants for pollinators from the Extension Master Gardeners of Virginia Beach.

06/21/2023
06/17/2023

It's ! Virginia’s agricultural production is one of the most diverse in the nation.

We are grateful to Virginia producers for the impact they make in all of our lives everyday!

You don’t have to have a big yard to grow a great garden. Follow these tips for growing a container vegetable garden.
06/10/2023

You don’t have to have a big yard to grow a great garden. Follow these tips for growing a container vegetable garden.

Need some more space to grow all the crops you'e interested in? Growing vegetables in containers is an easy way to add a few more plants--just make sure you have the right size pots!

Crops like tomatoes and summer squash need one 5-gallon container per plant while crops like radishes can be spaced one inch apart in a smaller container (minimum size: 1 pint). A 5-gallon bucket can make a great, cheap container!

Learn more about container gardening: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-020/426-020.html

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Vegetable gardening in containers: what size pot od you need?
Plant, minimum container size, space between plants
Beans, bush, 2 gal, 2-3 inches
Carrots, 1 qt, 2-3 inches
Cucumbers, 5 gal, 14-18 inches
Kale, 5 gal, 10-15 inches
Lettuce, leaf, 1/2 gal 4-6 inches
Peppers, 2 gal, 1 plant per container
Radishes, 1 pint, 1 inch
Summer squash, 5 gal, 1 plant per container
Tomatoes, 5 gal, 1 plant per container

This past Friday was a great day for the 4-H Livestock Show and Sale.  The kids did a great job.
06/05/2023

This past Friday was a great day for the 4-H Livestock Show and Sale. The kids did a great job.

Be careful out there!
05/31/2023

Be careful out there!

While you're outside enjoying the sun, remember to be on the lookout for ticks.

Here's some helpful information about common ticks found in Virginia and how you can avoid them this summer. ⤵️
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/2906/2906-1396/2906-1396.html

Due to the cooler temperatures - we have a longer season for strawberries!  Come on out and get some of these beautiful ...
05/22/2023

Due to the cooler temperatures - we have a longer season for strawberries! Come on out and get some of these beautiful berries just waiting to be picked!

VCE Virginia Beach Horticulture and the Virginia Beach Master Gardeners partnered with Newtown Elementary as they kicked...
05/02/2023

VCE Virginia Beach Horticulture and the Virginia Beach Master Gardeners partnered with Newtown Elementary as they kicked off their family STEM night on April 27th. 2nd and 3rd graders, along with their parents were able to stop and explore each area of Science, Technolgy, Engineering, and Math. VB Schools teacher Kevin Rickard is the Instructional Technolgy Specialist at Newtown Elementary and manages the Learning Gardens and Outdoor Living Spaces.

04/29/2023

Our 2023 Spring Plant Sale plant list is available! Check it out:https://www.vbmg.org/uploads/1/1/7/6/117657100/final_plant_list.pdf

Have you ever seen such beautiful berries? These are Sweet Ann Strawberries. The Sweet Ann Strawberry produces large, at...
04/25/2023

Have you ever seen such beautiful berries? These are Sweet Ann Strawberries. The Sweet Ann Strawberry produces large, attractive fruits in a long, conical shape. The berries have an excellent acid-sugar balance, with medium firmness. Please see the pinned post in our featured section for information on local growers and locations.

04/17/2023
Don't forget to come out and see VA Beach 4-H at the oceanfront this weekend. They are showcasing clubs, programs, activ...
04/15/2023

Don't forget to come out and see VA Beach 4-H at the oceanfront this weekend. They are showcasing clubs, programs, activities, and Learn by Doing!

3rd Street at the Oceanfront right next to the Bulls and Barrels Rodeo this weekend.

Have you ever tried composting? Here are some tips for successful composting.
04/04/2023

Have you ever tried composting? Here are some tips for successful composting.

More compost tips! If you're struggling with compost that doesn't seem to break down, smells bad, or attracts rodents, evaluate your compost routine to make sure you pile is getting all of these key ingredients!

- A good carbon to nitrogen ratio - a mix of greens and browns (not all green fresh scraps, you need dry brown plant material too)
- Presence of microorganisms - You do not need to add any special "compost starter" products
- Moisture level - Should have the consistency of a wrung-out sponge
- Oxygen - You need to turn your pile regularly
- Particle size - Items you add to the pile should not be too big

Learn more about compost:
https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-703/426-703.html

Image text: Keys to good composting:
Carbon-to-nitrogen ratio (C:N ratio) by volume – Combine a mixture of dry leaves; old, dead plant material; or other sources of carbon with fresh, green plant material or manure for nitrogen. The volume of the brown plant material should equal or be up to three times as much as the green plant material in the pile (C:N ratios of 1:1 to 3:1 by volume).
Presence of microorganisms – Compost inoculants, starters or activators, garden soil, and other such materials do NOT need to be added to the piles because the microorganisms can be found in sufficient numbers on the plant material.
Moisture level – The pile should have the moisture of a wrung-out sponge. Add water as needed.
Oxygen level – A compost pile should be turned
periodically to promote decay of its contents. Turning the pile adds oxygen, so the more you turn it, the faster it breaks down.
Particle size – The finer the particle size, the more surface there is for microorganisms to work. To speed compost formation, chop or shred leaves and larger materials before adding them.

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