Garden Calendars Are Here
Plan your garden from the ground up with the 2015 Garden Calendar from the West Virginia University Extension Service, available now at the Jefferson County Office! The new calendar’s theme is Planning for Abundance, with a focus on helping you get the most from your garden.
Articles by WVU Extension experts range from deciding what to grow and how large a garden to plant, to garden location and soil preparation. There is even a section in this year’s calendar by your local WVU Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Michael Harman. Michael’s section covers soil preparation.
“The garden calendar is one of the most popular pieces we produce each year,” said Steve Bonanno, WVU Extension Service interim director. “Whether it’s your first time planting or you’re a perennial gardener, our faculty agents and specialists provide tips and techniques to help ensure your garden is a success.”
As always, there is “by the date” garden information to remind you when certain gardening chores should be done. There’s also a bonus article introducing two uncommon vegetables you can try this gardening season and the latest planting zone map.
The free 2015 WVU Extension Service Garden Calendar is available at the WVU Extension Service Jefferson County Office, 1948 Wiltshire Road, Suite 3, Kearneysville, WV 25430-9644. While supplies last, calendars will also be available at the Bolivar – Harpers Ferry Public Library, Charles Town Library, Shepherdstown Public Library, South Jefferson Public Library, Potomac Farms Nursery, Valley Hardware, Southern States, Tractor Supply, Charles Town Walmart, Ranson Home Depot, and Black Dog Coffee.
You can also download the calendar information and other gardening resources online at www.anr.ext.wvu.edu/garden_calendar.
Use this form to submit a sample for testing at the WVU Soil Testing Lab in Morgantown. This form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader a free computer program, to be printed.The analysis for pH, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, and magnesium is free. The only cost is postage to mail the sample. A recommendation for lime, nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium is provided. Results will be returned to you in two to three weeks.
To create a representative sample of the area of interest, take 10 to 20 individual samples, combine them in one container, mix them and let the soil dry. Then pull a subsample from the soil collected and fill a sandwich bag. Mail the sandwich bag and the completed form to the address on the form.