Home and Garden Briefs for March 26, 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.

Registration link:



• 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]

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: Critter Control

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

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 (outdoors)

• Plant rhubarb.

• Plant potatoes.

• Fertilize asparagus and rhubarb beds

• Begin dogwood anthracnose control.

• Use row covers for freeze protection.

• Seed lavender (indoors)

• Seed cutting celery (indoors).

• Monitor for asparagus beetles.

• Seed onions, beets and radishes (outdoors).

Can you dig it? Itta Bena plants idea of community garden

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — A town in the Mississippi Delta will develop a community garden where children can plant, grow and sell their own produce.

The project in Itta Bena will be done through a group called AIM for CHangE — Advancing, Inspiring, Motivating for Community Health through Extension. It will work in partnership with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reported that leaders of the group have been in Itta Bena with a beautification project headed by Alderwoman Jo Ann Purnell. She introduced Debra Hibbler and Marven Cantave, presenters for the program, to the Board of Alderman during a meeting last week.

Hibbler said the project is intended to teach young people about farming and hard work while improving the health of the town’s 1,500 residents.

“A lot of times when we grow it and we see how it is grown and what goes into it … we’re more apt to try those fruits and vegetables that come out of that garden,” Hibbler said.

Proposed garden sites include three areas around City Hall. Hibbler said the MSU Extension Service will provide supplies, including soil beds and fencing.A weekend market will be established so food from the garden can be sold.

“This will also be a training for the youth, because we will be teaching them how to run a business,” Hibbler said.

Aldermen said they like the idea of the garden, but Mayor J.D. Brasel expressed concerns that people would simply take whatever produce they want.