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Learn How to Grow a Sustainable Garden

Provided by Prince William County Experts from the Virginia Cooperative Extension, or VCE, will be at Central Regional Library on March 18 and 25 to teach people how to make organic vegetable gardens grow. Nancy Berlin, the Prince William County Natural Resources Specialist with VCE, said the two classes in the Sustainable Garden series will walk people through the organic …

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Forcing Bulbs For Winter Blooms

By John Toepfer One thing I have found out about gardening is that good planning and a lot of patience often leads to benefits down the road. This is particularly true when you want to have beautiful spring flowering bulbs in bloom during the winter; when these bulbs are not really supposed to be in bloom. Believe it or not …

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Growing Plants On Your Windowsill

By John Toepfer Don’t give up the joy of gardening just because it’s getting cold outside. You can still garden in places that maybe you’ve never even considered before. Practically every home, office or apartment unit has a window and that window usually has a sill. Even that small space can provide enough room for a pot or other container …

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Add Some Eye Candy to Your Garden This Fall with Spring Flowering Bulbs

By Melinda Myers Shorten the winter season with the help of spring flowering bulbs that you plant in fall. These beauties often provide the first bit of color, fragrance and winter relief each year. Look for new and unique ways to incorporate bulbs into your landscape. Create a seasonal water feature with a river of blue scillas and grape hyacinths …

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Create Memorable Moments This Summer – Design an Outdoor Room for All to Enjoy

By Melinda Myers No matter your budget, space or gardening experience, you can design an outdoor entertainment area for you, your family and friends to enjoy. Start by gathering ideas from magazines, the internet and websites like Gardener’s Supply Company for examples of outdoor garden spaces. Next, select an area that is convenient and suitable for your outdoor entertaining.  Define the …

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Get the Dirt on Compost—the Soil and Water Connection

Provided by Prince William County The Prince William County Solid Waste Division will host its annual Compost Awareness Day on April 30 from 10:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m. at the Balls Ford Road Compost Facility. The day will feature two presentations, “From the Ground Up”, by celebrity gardener Lisa Ziegler of the Gardener’s Workshop Farm, at 11:00 a. …

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Back to Basics – Low Maintenance Flower Garden Care

Provided by Melinda Myers Grow a beautiful flower garden with minimal care by investing a bit of time at the start of the season to reduce ongoing care. Always match flowers to the growing conditions and the care you are willing to provide.  Low maintenance plants need minimal or no deadheading and staking. This means you’ll be growing good-looking plants …

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Low Maintenance Vegetable Gardening for a Bountiful Harvest

Provided by Melinda Myers Increase your harvest without increasing the size of your garden or workload. All you need is a bit of intensive planting, along with some low maintenance techniques. Invest some time upfront to prepare the garden soil. This will save you time throughout the growing season.  Add several inches of organic matter and a slow release fertilizer …

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Extend the Garden Season with Spring Planted Bulbs

Provided by Melinda Myers Keeping your garden looking its best throughout the growing season and into fall is possible with the help of low maintenance spring planted bulbs.  Plant them in spring among other annuals or perennials and watch as these bulbs brighten the garden, adding new life to your late season gardens. Whether your gardens and containers are in …

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