Gardening from WVU Extension Service
- Gardening 101 webinar recordings for beginners and novice gardeners are offered through the WVU Extension Service. If you are interested in accessing the recordings, please contact Extension Agent Emily Wells Morrow. The webinars cover Setting Up a Garden, Soil Testing, All About Seeds and Transplants, Growing Flowers, Tree Fruit and Small Fruit, Diseases-Pests-Weeds, Composting, Landscaping, and Critter Control.
- Lawn, Gardening & Pests information from the Extension Service.
- WVU Soil Testing — Visit the WVU Soil Testing Laboratory page; the tabs across the page contain all the soil testing information and forms.
- Because the testing method changed, WVU is now able to offer far more specific recommendations for a LOT more crop codes. On page 2 of the new form, you will see the new crop codes. While there is still a “vegetable garden” option, you can also get recommendations tailored just for lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, just to name a few. Other crop codes differentiators are corn for grain, corn for silage, grass-legume hay, grass hay nitrogen fertilized. The possibilities are endless!
- A basic test is free.
- The plants that we have designated as our "favorites" earned that distinction because of the relative ease with which they grow in this area and the significant contribution they make to our gardens. They are the plants that we have found to be the most useful, interesting and reliable; that give the biggest return on our investment of time, money, effort; and that most consistently meet our expectations. The list is by its nature selective. There may be many others that deserve to be included. These are the plants with which we are most familiar at this time, where we have actual "hands on" experience growing the plant in this area. Click here to download a PDF of the GEG Favorite Plants list. The Favorite Plants list was researched and developed by Anne Moss, Wendy Maddox, Barbara Broerman, Jacque Seldeen, and Suds Suddarth.
- From the Smithsonian: Flora of the Washington-Baltimore Area
- The Plantfinder "contains information on the over 5000 herbaceous perennials, shrubs, vines and trees which are currently growing or have been grown in the 23 demonstration gardens at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Kemper Center for Home Gardening. Through the PlantFinder you can print lists of plants that meet specific criteria such as herbaceous plants with yellow flowers that are under 3 feet tall and grow well in part shade. This service is free to all." Plantfinder: Missouri Botanical Garden
From Our Speakers
- Butterfly Host Plants by Sue Brown
- Dahlias, presented by Becki Jones
- James Dillon's Functionality of Plants in the Garden List.
- James Dillon's JDillon - Functionality of Plants Presentation.
- Invasives References handout provided by Louise Finch of the Berkeley/Jefferson Extension Master Gardener Association.
- Cathy Sigalas recommends Germination Temperature, the temperature-effect on vegetable seeds, from Tom Clothier's Garden Walk and Talk.
- Sondra Jarrell likes the Longfield Gardens Bloom Time chart for spring-blooming bulbs — Longfield Gardens is an excellent resource for gardeners; she also recommends the University of Maryland Home and Garden Information Center Native Plants reference and the West Virginia University Extension Service Berkeley County Gardening Timeline (PDF) and Flower Choices Program Resources (PDF).
- Garlic: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy from the University of California - Davis. Another good resource: Growing and storing a year of garlic, from A Way to Garden with Margaret Roach.
- Honey Bee Colonies More Successful By Foraging on Non-Crop Fields, USDA Agricultural Research Service: TUCSON, ARIZONA, March 20, 2019 — Honey bee colonies foraging on land with a strong cover of clover species and alfalfa do more than three times as well than if they are put next to crop fields of sunflowers or canola, according to a study just published in Scientific Reports by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist and his colleagues. Read more…
- Invasive.org: Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
- Squash Vine Borer Management in Home Gardens; Jeffrey Hahn and Suzanne Burkness, University of Minnesota
- Insects in the Garden, by Wendy Maddox, GEG Member
- Beneficial Insects in the Garden
- Recommended by Meg Spurlin: The Wireless Deer Fence® — A Deer Training System
- A list of deer-resistant native plants from the University of MD Extension Home and Garden Information Center.
- Plant Pro-Tec Repellents
- WEITECH pest control products
- BOBBEX Deer Repellent
- Deer Proofing Vegetable and Flower Gardens: Martha Stewart and her guest, Ken Twombly, discuss deer proofing tactics and solutions for keeping deer out of gardens.
- Home Remedy: This solution comes from a member who lives in a heavily wooded area which has a large deer population, but whose garden can be sprayed. "Put the yolk and white of one egg into the blender and blend for 10 seconds so the egg is really homogenized. Add a quart of water and put the mixture into a trigger-type quart size sprayer. You can use it at once but it could age a few days and then spray any plant the deer favor. I usually leave about 1/2-inch of the solution in the bottom and add new stuff to it so that it reeks right away. Because egg does not wash off readily, one does not have to spray after it rains. However, new growth is not well protected and so when plants are growing rapidly you may need to add a light spray a couple of times a week. I sometimes add some fish emulsion to the mix, just to vary the aroma a bit. This has worked for me for the last three growing seasons, and I have been able to raise beautiful hostas and day lillies which in the first two years we lived here were eaten to the ground no matter what we did."
Local Reference Sources
- Jefferson County Extension Service, (304-728-7413).
- Berkeley/Jefferson Extension Master Gardener Association
- WVU Extension webpage Lawn, Gardening & Pests
- Eastern Panhandle Conservation District
- Green Thumbs, Healthy Joints Blog: Green Thumbs, Healthy Joints is a program that provides West Virginia organizations the opportunity to perform community service by making gardening accessible to West Virginians with arthritis. Interact with other gardeners and learn from each other.
- Local food Farm Guide: The entire Eastern Panhandle offers a wide variety of ways to source local food to feed your family. Refer to the WVU farm guide for an updated list of farms in Berkeley, Morgan, and Jefferson counties that sell direct to consumer, as well as area farmers markets and their days and hours of operation.
Do you belong to a local gardening-related group? Would you like a link to your site here? Contact the GEG and let us know.
- Elks Run Watershed Group: Mission: “To act as an advocate and steward of the Elks Run watershed by undertaking projects that will lead to pollution reduction and connecting citizens to the watershed.” See the Conservation Video Series for Homeowners and more.
- Ranson Old Town Community Gardens: Ranson is a small city in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The city, along with Jefferson County Community Ministries and various service organizations, joined together to develop a series of community gardens. These gardens strengthen the social fabric of the community and allow us to provide healthy fruits and vegetables, free of charge, for those on a limited budget.
- Check out this highly recommended DVD gardening documentary Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy, available at the Shepherdstown Public Library. One of our members calls it a must-see gardening film.
- From Carol Cadle: Hypertufa Recipe
Recipes Courtesy of GEG Members
- From Pat Brown: Blueberry Sauce, Green Garlic Salsa Verde, & Uncooked Relish
- From Suzy Yates: Home canning handouts (1) Food Preservation: Using Boiling Water Canners from the University of George Cooperative Extension Service / Preserving (PDF); and (2) Canning Tomatoes from the Ohio State's page of food-related publications
- Our local Master Gardeners have created a beautiful pamphlet in honor of the tomato!