Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Arlington/Alexandria have two gardening workshops planned to help beginner planters learn the basics of gardening. The first workshop, scheduled for Saturday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m. – noon at the Burke Branch Library, located at 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria, is on plant propagation.
At that workshop, the Master Gardeners will share tips and techniques for propagating plants from seeds, division and cuttings. The program will cover the basics of how to start seeds and transplant seedlings, make stem and leaf cuttings, divide plants and use air layering to propagate difficult-to-root plants.
On Tuesday, March 22 from 7 – 8:30 p.m., Master Gardeners of Arlington/Alexandria will present a program on Managing and Maintaining the Vegetable Garden at the Fairlington Community Center, located at 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington.
The program, the second in a series for new gardeners, will emphasize best management practices for a healthy garden. Topics will include the importance of pollinators and other beneficial insects and how to identify them; how crop rotation and intercropping can help control the challenges of garden pests; how to identify diseases and weeds; and how to maximize harvests with space-saving techniques.
Both programs are free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. For more information, visit mgnv.org.