"Fall Vegetable Gardening" workshop Tuesday, Aug. 19


The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service and Fauquier County Master Gardeners will offer a special workshop, "Fall Vegetable Gardening," on Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Warrenton.

Horticulture Extension Agent Tim Ohlwiler will lead the free workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the extension office at 24 Pelham St.

"With milder temperatures and fewer plant diseases in the fall, many gardeners find fall vegetable gardening can be both very enjoyable and productive," Mr. Ohlwiler said. "The basics of gardening remain the same for every season: You have to know your soil, know your plants and know what they need.

"But the fall presents special requirements as the temperatures decline and frost and freezing ground become a consideration."

The workshop will cover:

What to plant: Selecting cool-season vegetables that grow best in our region's agricultural zones, 6b for northern Fauquier and 7a for southern Fauquier.

When to plant: Planting in late summer for fall and early winter harvest, with an understanding of average frost and freeze dates. The first frost can occur from Oct. 1 to 14 in our area.

Where to plant: Designing a garden space that receives eight to 10 hours of daily sunlight.

How to plant: Discussion of soil preparation techniques to enhance Virginia soil.

How to succeed: Discussion of watering, fertilizing and weed and insect control.

To register, contact the Fauquier County Master Gardener Help Desk at 540-341-7950, extension 1, or helpdesk@fc-mg.org.

Cabbage is one of many crops that grow well in the fall vegetable garden.

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