Language Interpretation Services Now Available
If you have limited English skills, do not let that stop you from visiting an Extension office. If you have difficulty speaking or understanding English, our staff can serve you by connecting you to one of our Extension agents through a telephone-based interpreter. Interpretation for more than 200 languages is provided. This service is free to our clients. Read more
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 Markets: 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.
Well Water Testing Opportunity
The Virginia Household Water Quality Program aims to improve the water quality and health of
Virginians with wells, springs and cisterns. They provide affordable water testing.
You can come to the Kickoff Meeting on July 18th to pick up a water testing kit and find out more about this program. Please view our brochure for further details.
Chesapeake 4H Clubs for 2016
Learn about all there is to Chesapeake 4H Clubs for the 2016 - 2017 Year.
Trying to manage shoreline erosion on your property? Consider a living shoreline approach.