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|Selecting Plants for Virginia Landscapes: Showy Flowering Shrubs||Aug 19, 2015||HORT-84P|
|Therapeutic Gardening||Jul 28, 2014||HORT-66NP (HORT-73NP)|
|Emerald Ash Borer||Feb 7, 2014||HORT-69NP|
|For the Birds, Butterflies & Hummingbirds: Creating Inviting Habitats||Aug 1, 2014||HORT-59NP (HORT-74NP)|
|To Certify or Not? An Important Question for Virginia’s Family Forest Owners||
Family forest owners ask themselves many questions about their properties, such as if and when to cut timber, what types of wildlife to manage for, how to control exotic invasive species, and how to protect water quality. An increasingly common question that forest owners ask is whether they should certify their forests.
This publication can help forest owners determine if certification is an appropriate option. It defines certification, as well as its benefits and costs, and describes three common certification programs in Virginia. It also covers how family forest owners can begin the certification process, lists sources of additional information, and answers frequently asked questions.
|Sep 9, 2013||ANR-50P|
Composting is a degradation process brought about by bacteria and fungus organisms. Large amounts of organic kitchen, garden, lawn, and/or farm refuse can be reduced in a relatively short time to a pile of black, crumbly humus which makes an ideal soil conditioner. Compost added regularly to soil will inevitably benefit the soil. The soil's structure will improve, since humus contains substances which cause aggregation (sticking together) of soil particles. In a clay soil this means that the microscopic individual particles will be clumped together and more air spaces will be opened up between clumps. Without these air spaces the clay particles stick tightly to each other, forming a nearly impenetrable barrier to water and gases.
|Feb 27, 2013||HORT-49P|
|Dry Curing Virginia-Style Ham||
Virginia ham was one of the first agricultural products exported from North America. The Reverend Mr. Andrew Burnaby enthusiastically reported that Virginia pork was superior in flavor to any in the world (Burnaby 1775). Another early clergyman, the Reverend Mr. John Clayton, wrote the Royal Society in England that Virginia ham was as good as any in Westphalia (Force 1844).
|Dec 18, 2012||458-223|
|Widow Spiders||Dec 18, 2012||444-422|
|Renter's Rights and Responsibilities: The Basics||
If you are a renter in Virginia, you have rights and responsibilities under the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (VRLTA). It is important that you know your rights and responsibilities under this act.
|Dec 18, 2012||354-066 (FCS-12P)|
|Aerating Your Lawn||
Lawn aeration involves the removal of small soil plugs or cores out of the lawn. Although hand aerators are available, most aeration is done mechanically with a machine having hollow tines or spoons mounted on a disk or drum. Known as a core aerator, it extracts 1/2 to 3/4 inch diameter cores of soil and deposits them on your lawn. Aeration holes are typically 1-6 inches deep and 2-6 inches apart.
|Dec 1, 2012||430-002|
|Rose Rosette Disease||Sep 17, 2012||450-620 (PPWS-10P)|
|Selecting and Using Plant Growth Regulators on Floricultural Crops||
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are chemicals that are designed to affect plant growth and/or development (figure 1). They are applied for specific purposes to elicit specific plant responses. Although there is much scientific information on using PGRs in the greenhouse, it is not an exact science. Achieving the best results with PGRs is a combination of art and science — science tempered with a lot of trial and error and a good understanding of plant growth and development.
|Nov 18, 2013||430-102 (HORT-43P)|
|Boiling Water Bath Canning – Including Jams, Jellies, and Pickled Products||
You may choose to preserve food at home to save money, to have greater control over what you consume, or for the simple satisfaction of doing it yourself. Regardless of the reasons, it is important to do it safely. Using the proper equipment and following recommended guidelines and recipes can ensure that the food you preserve at home is safe and delicious.
|Jul 1, 2011||348-594|
|Pruning Peach Trees||Jan 28, 2015||422-020 (HORT-93P)|
|Healthy Eating for Children Ages 2 to 5 Years Old: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers||
Rapid growth and development occurs during the preschool years, ages 2 through 5. A child grows about 2 to 3 inches and gains 4 to 5 pounds each year. Proper nutrition and opportunities to play and be physically active are critical to ensuring your child grows properly, learns to enjoy nutritious foods, and adopts healthy behaviors for maximum development and lifelong health.
This publication covers various topics of interest to parents and caregivers of young children and gives an overview of optimal feeding practices.
|Dec 13, 2013||348-150 (HNFE-105P)|
|Question and Answer Guide for Starting and Growing Your Small Business||
The authors initially developed this guide as a resource for participants in Entrepreneur Express Workshops. Offered throughout the commonwealth, Entrepreneur Express Workshops provided basic information on starting and operating a small business. The VDBA, VCE, VTC, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE, and various local governments and chambers of commerce partnered to develop and implement these workshops. More information on workshop dates, locations, and registration information for these and other events is available at www.vastartup.org.
|Nov 5, 2013||310-100 (CV-33P)|
|Food Storage Guidelines For Consumers||Jan 15, 2013||348-960 (FST-66P)|
|Planting on Your Septic Drain Field||
Perhaps the most entertaining answer to the question 'What should I plant over a septic system's leach field?' is 'Something fragrant.' Although the question arises often, there are few hard and fast answers as to what can be planted, because every drain field is unique. You can decide what will work best in each situation, however, by following a few simple guidelines.
|Oct 15, 2010||426-617|
|Selecting Landscape Plants: Groundcovers||
Ground covers are low-growing plants that spread quickly to form a dense cover. They add beauty to the landscape and, at the same time, help prevent soil erosion. Grass is the best known ground cover, but grass is not suited to all locations. Other ground cover plants should be used where grass is difficult to grow or maintain.
|Nov 29, 2012||426-609 (HORT-31P)|
|Selecting Landscape Plants: Boxwoods||
Boxwood is used extensively in the landscape development of homes, gardens, and public grounds in Virginia. Since colonial times, it has been an integral part of the landscape, and many historical gardens in the state are noted for their boxwoods. Today, many people who have colonial architecture select this plant because they feel it fits this style best, but boxwood is also being used with modern or contemporary homes.
|Feb 5, 2013||426-603 (HORT-45P)|