Resources for Environmental Horticulture
|Plant Propagation from Seed||Oct 11, 2019||426-001|
|Propagation by Cuttings, Layering and Division||Oct 11, 2019||426-002|
|Care of Specialty Potted Plants||Dec 12, 2022||426-101 (SPES-449P)|
|Mulches for the Home Vegetable Garden||
Mulching is a practice adaptable to nearly all home gardens. To mulch is simply to cover the soil around plants with a protective material, organic or inorganic.
|Sep 16, 2020||426-326 (SPES-256P)|
|Vegetable Gardening in Containers||
If you don’t have space for a vegetable garden or if your present site is too small, consider raising fresh, nutritious, homegrown vegetables in containers. A window sill, patio, balcony, or doorstep can provide sufficient space for a productive container garden. Problems with soil-borne diseases, nematodes, or poor soil can also be overcome by switching to container gardening.
|Sep 16, 2020||426-336 (SPES-255P)|
|Minimum Chemical Gardening||Apr 22, 2015||426-366 (HORT-161P)|
|Asparagus||Sep 16, 2020||426-401 (SPES-250P)|
|Sweet Corn||Sep 16, 2020||426-405 (SPES-251P)|
|Cucumbers, Melons and Squash||
Varieties include both the slicer or fresh salad type and the pickle type (which can also be used fresh); vined, dwarfvined and bush varieties; all female or all-female seedless (no pollination required); burpless; and, various mixtures of these characteristics. Disease resistance is available in many varieties.
|Sep 16, 2020||426-406 (SPES-252P)|
|Leafy Green Vegetables||
Lettuce, a cool-season vegetable crop, is one of the easiest to grow. Lettuce withstands light frost; however, sunlight and high summer temperatures usually cause seedstalk formation (bolting) and bitter flavor. Slow-bolting or heat-resistant varieties are available and are recommended for extending the lettuce-growing season.
|Mar 16, 2015||426-408 (SPES-253P)|
|Onions, Garlic, and Shallots||
Onions are often grouped according to taste. The two main types of onions are strong flavored (American) and mild (often called European). Each has three distinct colors, yellow, white, and red. In general, the American onion produces bulbs of smaller size, denser texture, stronger flavor, and better keeping quality than European types. Globe varieties tend to keep longer in storage.
|Sep 16, 2020||426-411 (SPES-254P)|
Tomatoes are valuable garden plants in that they require relatively little space for large production. Each standard tomato plant, properly cared for, yields 10 to 15 pounds or more of fruit.Diane Relf, Retired Extension Specialist, Horticulture, Virginia Tech Alan McDaniel, Extension Specialist, Horticulture, Virginia Tech Ronald Morse, Former Associate Professor, Horticulture, Virginia Tech Reviewed by John Freeborn, Assistant Master Gardener Coordinator, Horticulture, Virginia Tech
|May 5, 2021||426-418 (HORT-288P)|
|Herb Culture and Use||Oct 11, 2019||426-420|
|Root Crops||Sep 16, 2020||426-422 (SPES-249P)|
|The Art of Bonsai||Oct 7, 2020||426-601 (SPES-246P)|
|Selecting Landscape Plants: Groundcovers||Nov 19, 2018||426-609 (HORT-31P)|
|Planting Trees||Jun 24, 2022||426-702 (HORT-248NP)|
|Making Compost from Yard Waste||Sep 2, 2022||426-703 (SPES-393P)|
|Integrated Pest Management for Vegetable Gardens||Sep 12, 2019||426-708 (ENTO-330NP)|
|Home Landscape Practices to Protect Water Quality||
In Virginia, we rely on reservoir systems, wells, and other sources for our freshwater. In recent years, our previously plentiful clean water supplies have been threatened not only by overuse, but also by contamination. Pollutants are carried down with water soaking through the soil to the water table. Runoff (water that does not soak into the ground) flows over the surface, often taking soil and polluting chemicals with it into lakes and streams.
|Dec 12, 2022||426-723 (SPES-439NP)|