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Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, (VCES), is focused on agriculture, agribusinesses, home economics and community resource development. Extension is part of a combined federal, state and local program. It aims to maximize the knowledge from land-grant universities. This information can be passed on to citizens in a useful way. The Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station is an example of an extension program.

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Insect identification services - The Virginia Cooperative Extension maintains a Plant Disease Clinic in order to identify pathogens and insects. The clinic is able to diagnose a variety of environmental problems and plants. It can help identify weeds and mushrooms as well as other types of plants. They can even analyse digital photographs of plants or insects for identification. The Cooperative Extension publishes many publications, so you should be able to find the right one for your needs.

Choosing the right planting date is another important component to vegetable gardening. You must choose the right planting date to ensure a successful crop. Vegetables have different growing requirements. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones is a guide to help you choose the best dates for your location. You will also find specific guidelines on plant spacing and seeding as well the recommended number of plants per 10 foot row. This information will be crucial to a successful gardening venture.

You can grow apples in your home garden. This can make it a fun experience. You will need to know the characteristics of the trees so that you can grow them in your garden. Good soil drainage will prevent disease and increase the quality your crop. Virginia Cooperative Extension provides a variety of technical and educational resources for gardeners and farmers. You can also find many online resources for home gardeners in addition to printed publications.

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Virginia's varied topography and large area allow for many fruit varieties to be grown. The state's apples are grown on an average of 13,774 acres. Peaches are grown on an annual average of 175 acres. Virginia's total peach and sweet-and-tart cherry orchards is 99 acres. Their annual apple and peach harvest is sixth-largest in the country. Additionally, their peach production is estimated to be $35 million.


Do I have enough space to plant a vegetable or fruit garden in my backyard?

It's possible to wonder if you will have enough space for a vegetable or fruit garden if your current one is not available. The answer is yes. A vegetable garden doesn't take up much space at all. It just takes some planning. For instance, raised beds could be constructed only 6 inches high. You can also use containers as raised beds. You'll still be able to get plenty of produce in any way.

When to plant herbs?

Herbs should be planted during springtime when soil temperatures reach 55degF. They should be in full sun to get the best results. Basil indoors can be grown in pots with potting mixture. They should be kept out of direct sunlight until they grow leaves. When plants are growing, place them in bright indirect lighting. After about three weeks, transplant them to individual containers and continue to water them regularly.

What month should I start a vegetable garden?

The best time to plant vegetables is from April through June. This is when the soil is warmest and plants grow fastest. If you live somewhere cold, it is best to wait until July or august.

What is the minimum space required to grow vegetables?

The rule of thumb is to use 1/2 pound seed per square foot. Therefore, 100 pounds of seeds is required for a surface of 10 feet x 10 feet (3 m x 3 m).

Do I need to buy special equipment to grow vegetables?

You're not wrong. A shovel, trowel and watering container are all you need.

When should you plant flowers?

When the weather is milder and the soil has a good moisture content, spring is the best time to plant flowers. If you live somewhere cold, planting flowers should be done before the first frost. The ideal temperature for indoor plants is around 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

What is a planting plan?

A planting calendar is a list of plants that should be planted at different times throughout the year. The goal of a planting calendar is to maximize plant growth and minimize stress. Early spring crops like spinach, lettuce, and peas must be sow after the last frost date. Squash, cucumbers, and summer beans are some of the later spring crops. The fall crops include potatoes and carrots.


  • According to a survey from the National Gardening Association, upward of 18 million novice gardeners have picked up a shovel since 2020. (wsj.com)
  • As the price of fruit and vegetables is expected to rise by 8% after Brexit, the idea of growing your own is now better than ever. (countryliving.com)
  • Most tomatoes and peppers will take 6-8 weeks to reach transplant size so plan according to your climate! - ufseeds.com
  • It will likely be ready if a seedling has between 3 and 4 true leaves. (gilmour.com)

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How to apply foliar fertilisers

Foliar fertilizers are applied directly on the leaves of plants via spraying. In addition to providing nutrients to the plant, they help increase photosynthesis, improve water retention, prevent disease, increase resistance against pests, promote growth and development, and provide protection from weather conditions. You can use them to treat all kinds of plants: fruits, vegetables; flowers; trees; shrubs; grasses; lawns.

When applying foliar fertilizers, there is no risk of soil pollution. The type of plant, the size of the plant and how many leaves it has will determine how much fertilizer is needed. Foliar fertilizers should only be used when the plant is active growing. This allows them more time to absorb nutrients. Follow these steps when fertilizing your garden.

  • Be sure to determine the right type of fertilizer for you. Some products only contain one nutrient, while others have multiple elements. If you're not sure which product is right for you, you can ask your local nursery.
  • Pay attention to the instructions. Before applying, please read the label. Spraying near windows or doors could cause damage. Keep away from children and pets
  • If possible, use a hose attachment. To avoid spraying too much, turn off nozzle after every few sprays.
  • Be careful when mixing different types of foliar fertilizers. Mixing two types of fertilizers can lead to harmful side effects such as leaf burning and staining.
  • Spray the fertilizer at least five feet from any trunk. At least three feet should be spaced between the trunk of the tree and the edge where you plan on applying the fertilizer.
  • Wait until the sun goes down before applying. The sun causes light-sensitive fertilizer chemicals to be broken down by sunlight.
  • Spread the fertilizer evenly among the leaves. Spread the fertilizer evenly over large areas.
  • Allow the fertilizer time to dry completely before watering.


Virginia Tech Gardening and Cooperative Extension Publications