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Free workshop will cover gardening in all 4 seasons

Low tunnels exclude insects from a crop during the summer, and during the late fall and early winter,r they can be used to protect garden plants from the early frosts.

A free workshop, “Extending the Harvest: Four Season Gardening,” will take place Tuesday, Aug. 27, in Warrenton.

Virginia Cooperative Extension and local Master Gardeners will present the 6 p.m. seminar, followed by a native plant sale.

It will take place the at Fauquier Extension Office, 24 Pelham St. in Warrenton.

Workshop leader Jennifer Seay will stress that with a little planning, we can enjoy and harvest from our gardens all year long. Cold frames, hoop houses and other season extenders can further the scope and success of four-season gardening. You can plant and harvest a wide variety of crops without a large investment in structures.

Ms. Seay will explain how it mostly comes down to the timing of sowing and planting.  She will discuss the many resources available to assist with the planning process including well designed planting date charts, books and online resources. She will also explain how we can extend our traditional seasonal vegetable garden even further with home orchards, permaculture, food forests and edible landscaping.

Ms. Seay owns Piedmont Nursery in Markham. It offers a wide selection of native trees, shrubs and perennials and provides landscaping services, including home landscape, reforestation, riparian buffers, wildlife habitat and pollinator gardens.

The program is free of charge and open to the public, rain or shine. It will last 60 to 90 minutes. It is recommended to register and arrive early.

To register or for more information, contact the Master Gardener Help Desk at 540-341-7950, Ext. 1, or [email protected].