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  • Every Fall Chesapeake Master Gardener Volunteers visit First Grade Classrooms across Chesapeake Public Schools to Teach about Trees and Plant Trees.
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SUMMER PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

http://waocubo.com/maljavka/3044 CMG Vegetable of the Week

Our Master Gardeners will share articles on some of their favorite vegetables with you this summer. Be inspired to try growing or eating some different vegetables this year. You can click on the link below for a pdf of the article. They will also be on Facebook.

http://marjodesign.com/?korol=site-de-rencontre-pour-personne-riche&9ef=ae 1. Monday, July 6: Burpless Cucumber, Submitted by Diane Fenno

site de rencontre avec femme francaise 2. why not try this out  Monday, July 13: Beets, Submitted by Cliff Winter

http://inter-actions.fr/bilobrusuy/1442 3. Monday, July 20: Pole Beans, Submitted by Cliff Winter 

http://huntersneeds.net/rigaro/5931 4. Monday, July 27: Butternut Squash, Submitted by Helene Haluska

http://dovolena-more.com/821-ph84898-plaquenil-mims-malaysia.html 5. Monday, August 3: Swiss Chard, Submitted by Vicki Roberts

 

Uncommon Invertebrates

Invertebrates are animals without a backbone or bony skeleton. They range in size from microscopic mites to giant squid with soccer-ball-size eyes. This is by far the largest group in the animal kingdom: 97 percent of all animals are invertebrates.

Our Master Gardeners have choosen some interesting ones to share with you.

http://www.abracatrena.com/752-ph77374-price-of-chloroquine-in-india.html 1. Walking Stick, Submitted by Marvin Barnes 

2. Rabidosa rabida, Commonly known as Rabid Wolf Spider, Submitted by Ceil Rochevot 

3. Saddleback Moth Caterpillars, Submitted by Amy Weber

4. Caterpillar of the Variegated Fritillary, Submitted by Nadine Scott

6. Milkweed Bugs and Beetles, Submitted by Diane Fenno

7. Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar, Submitted by Brenda Huff

8. Dragonfly, Submitted by Sandy West

9. Cicadas, Submitted by Nadine Scott

10. Broadhead or Land Planarian, Submitted by Brenda Huff

11. Mottled Tortoise Beetle, Submitted by Donell Moose

 

 "Friday Favorites"

Each Friday our Master Gardeners will share articles on some of their favorites. It could be a flower, fruit, shrub, tree or a insect. Visit us on Facebook and this website each Friday to see what they share.

Our June Friday Favorites have been moved to a different page on our site. The are under the heading POPULAR TOPICS,  Interesting Articles by Master Gardeners. 

Friday, July 3, 2020: "Favorite Flower & Plant", by Yen Bao, Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue, Commonly known as Anise-scented Sage

Friday, July 10, 2020: "Favorite Flower & Plant", by Kathy King, Heliotropium arborescens, Commonly known as Heliotrope

Friday, July 17, 2020: "Favorite Flower & Plant", by Helene Haluska, Stokesia laevis 'Blue Danube', Commonly known as Stokes'Aster 

Friday, July 24, 2020: "Favorite Flower & Plant", by Vicki Roberts, Gordlinia grandiflora, Commonly known as Mountain Gordlinia

Friday, July 31, 2020: "Favorite Flower & Plant", by Patty Hamilton, Pomegranate

Friday, August 7, 2020: "Favorite Flower & Plant" by Kathy King, Reblooming Iris

 

Home Food Preservation Class

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 Plant-A-Row: donations every Tuesday until 9/28

We will be collecting donations every Tuesday from 9 to 12 noon at the main entrance of the Central Library off Cedar Rd. You can pull your car right up to the tent to make a donation.

Make a difference in our community by donating extra vegetables from your garden or non-perishable canned goods. It's a difficult time for many of our neighbors and you can do your part to help them. 

This week we collected 728 lbs of vegetables and canned goods. Our Year to date total is 4,849 lbs. Our annual goal for 2020 is 10,000 lbs so help us reach that! 

This Weeks Donations! Thank you to everyone that dontated.

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 2020 Plant-A-Row Flyer

Blue Rain Barrel Workshop Flyer

 These two informational videos will tell you Why Use Rain Barrels and How to Build a Rain Barrel based on the rain barrel kit we have available.

 

Fresh Farm Vegetables Available in Chesapeake

There are a number of sources for locally grown farm vegetables. Healthy Chesapeake provides a variety of vegetables that you can order online and pick up each Tuesday from 4 to 8 pm at Big Ugly Brewing at  845 South Battlefield Blvd. They also have a variety of freshly prepared foods.

This is the link to order these vegetables:https://www.woso.co/form/formview.cfm?formid=1100

Another option is the Farmers Market at City Park. They are open from June 17 through November 27 from 8 am to 1 pm. Their items for sale include farm raised vegetables, fruits, herbs, plants, cut flowers, honey, eggs, grass fed beef and pork, free range chickens, jams, jellies, pickles, baked goods and more, 

 

Watch Master Gardener Vicki Roberts talk about the Importance of Bees.

Her Interview on "A CLOSER LOOK" - Chesapeake TV 

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Pruning Guidelines

One of the key times to prune trees and shrubs is late winter, right before the new growth starts. This is a helpful PRUNING CALENDAR for year round pruning guidelines. 

Interesting New Articles - Choose a Gardening Topic

Click on the links below to read the informative articles written by our talented Master Gardeners as well as our interns from the class of 2019 and 2020:  

1. Planting a Buffer Garden

2. Container Gardening for Beginners

3. Garden Trains

4. Lilacs in Southeastern Virginia

5. Growing Blueberries

6. Health Benefits from Cucumbers

7. Patience is a Virtue 

8. Companion Planting

9. Lettuce & Spinach Growing Guidelines

10. Fall Blooming Asters

11. The Buckeye Tree

 

Like our Chesapeake Master Gardeners Facebook Page  for invitations & updates.

If you are a Chesapeake Master Gardener (or one of our program partners) and want to share an event that is currently not listed, please let us know.

NOTE: Our CMG Calendar (linked to the left) has been created solely for Chesapeake Master Gardeners and includes advanced education and volunteer opportunities that may not be listed on our public calendar.  Intern training dates are available via Intern Corner.

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