Home and Garden Briefs for March 19, 2021 | Journal-news

W.Va. Woodland Stewards seminarMARTINSBURG — Woodland Stewards seminar is scheduled 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2021. See Registration link for the full agenda.

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• Pollinators in Woodlands: NRCS Activities to Benefit Pollinators in Your Woods

• Management of a steep, permanent forest road

• How can woodland landowners help protect the declining bat populations?

• SilviaTerra’s Natural Capital Exchange

For more information, contact David W. McGill, Ph.D., Professor/Extension Specialist–Forest Resources Management, West Virginia University, 304-293-5930; [email protected]

2021 agriculture educational webinar series to be virtualMARTINSBURG — Each winter, WVU Extension Service brings education, know-how and research right to your community through a series of educational dinner meetings. Though we can’t gather in person this year, you are still invited to join us virtually for the 2021 agriculture webinar series!

You will have the same opportunity to learn from WVU Extension Service specialists and industry experts about relevant topics to help you improve your own agricultural operations. These weekly webinar sessions will take place via Zoom through the end of March.

Topics will include:

Thursday: Market outlook for 2021 and the continued impact of COVID-19 — Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University

Register to participate here: https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_40LtOK6JMniOHFH

For more information: https://extension.wvu.edu/agriculture/news/2020/12/18/2021-ag-webinar-series or contact Alexandria Smith at alexandria.s[email protected] or John Murray at [email protected].

Gardening 101 webinar series scheduledMARTINSBURG — Gardening 101 is moving to a virtual format from what has been a one-day program. Speakers will include Extension Agents and local gardening experts. All session will take place 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings on Zoom. Register at go.wvu.edu/Gardening101-JeffersonCounty

For questions, contact [email protected].

Tuesday: Landscaping

March 30: Critter Control

To register for one or more sessions, visit go.wvu.edu/Gardening101-JeffersonCounty.

Rural Resiliency: Caring for You and Yours webinar scheduled

A four-week webinar series to learn more about how to manage the day-to-day stress of rural life, “Rural Resiliency: Caring for You and Yours,” will be held via Zoom 7:30-8:45 p.m. Tuesdays through March 23.

This webinar series is a discussion starter and healthy mindset promoter for dealing with rural behavioral and brain health, communication skills and relationship enrichment for self, marriage and families. Larry Tranel, pastoral psychologist and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialist, is the featured speaker. Farm families and those who work with them as consultants or neighbors are encouraged to participate.

The topics are listed below:

Tuesday — Brain and Behavioral Health “Hacks” to Mitigate Distress

To register go to: https://extension.wvu.edu/agriculture/news/2021/02/24/rural-resiliency-webinar-series

WVUES online tree fruit twilight meetingsMARTINSBURG — Join WVUES Specialists on Zoom for seasonal updates and conversation 6 p.m. March 24 and 6 p.m. April 21. These meetings have been approved for pesticide credits.

Register for the meetings at the following:


For more information, email Candace DeLong at [email protected]

Garden tips

• Seed radishes, spinach and leeks (outdoors).

• Seed parsnips.

• Plant roses.

• Seed salsify

• Set head lettuce.

• Fertilize spring-flowering bulbs.

• Seed eggplant (indoors).

• Plant asparagus (outdoors).

• Transplant strawberry plants.

• Seed spinach (outdoors).

• Divide overcrowded rhubarb.