Private Well Water Testing Clinic
VCE-Chesapeake had a well water testing clinic last month. If you participated, you can pick up your test results on August 27th, from the Central Library at a morning or evening session where we will explain the results of your water test. Download our brochure
to read more details.
The Signs of Spring
It's Spring !
Soil Testing: During this time of year a lot of homeowners think about having their soil tested. Soil testing is essential for any farmer or homeowner. The homeowner tests for lawns and gardens cost $10.00. The farmer/commercial operator soil test is free of charge. In both cases, you are responsible for shipping your sample to the soil testing lab in Blacksburg.
Vegetable Planting Dates: If you are trying to start or improve on a vegetable garden, after you receive your soil sample test you can refer to our vegetable planting guide to determine what to plant and when.
Rain Barrel Workshops: Whether you start a flower bed or a vegetable garden, you could take advantage of the benefits of using a rain barrel. Attend one of our rain barrel workshops to learn about water conservation and you will also build a rain barrel to use at your home.
Plant A Row: Our hope is that you have a plentiful harvest and if you have just too much, please share with those in Chesapeake that are needy. During the months of June - September, the Master Gardeners will collect your donated fruits and vegetables at the Extension Trailer on Tuesdays from 9am - Noon. Even if you are not a fruit or vegetable grower, you may still participate in Plant-A-Row by donating pantry items. All canned and boxed items are welcomed and appreciated.
Farmers' Market: If you don't create a home vegetable garden, you can still have access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables by visiting Chesapeake's Farmers' Market. It is there that you can experience farmer-to-you seasonal produce that represents some of the best that the agriculture community has to offer. The Farmers' Market will open in June.
Pest Management Guides Available
The 2015 version of Virginia Cooperative Extension's Pest Management Guides are now available on our website. The guides cover Field Crops, Home Grounds and Animals, and Horticultural and Forest Crops.