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In This Issue

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Butterfly Promise
(The Promise of a Butterfly and Spring)
By Gert Slabach

SoVa Baseball
(As American as...)
By Maria Scinto

The Real South
By Diana Nolan

Parsley in Your Herb Garden
Submitted by the Southside Virginia Herb Society

Vegetable Vertical Garden
(Stake it Up!)
By William H. McCaleb

Relay For Life 2011 Events
(Southern VA & Northern NC)

Southside Master Gardener Graduates
(Class of 2011)



Editor's Page
(Cooking Some SPAM)

Southside Gardener
(Monthly Tips & "To Do List")
By William H. McCaleb

South Winds
(The Secret to Inner Peace)

Ask Bubba - Advice
The Bubba Squad



Festivals & Events

May-Aug Events

Relay For Life 2011 Events

Farm & Ag Info

Farmers Markets Listing (FMs in or near SSVA)

Press Releases

Scholarship available to area seniors
(SVHS Offers $500 Scholarship)

Halifax County Junior 4-H Camp
(Sign-ups are Underway!)

LGSA Offers Camp with International Talent to Local Youth
(Soccer Camp Info)


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Southside Gardener

This month's To Do List for the Gardener

 Contributed By William H. McCaleb

 Master Gardener Coordinator
 Virginia Cooperative Extension


"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth"
~Thomas Jefferson


To-do list & Tips for late April and early May



 • Deadhead spring blooming bulbs, but let the foliage grow until it yellows

 • Deadhead and begin replacing pansies and primroses as the blossoms fade Berry Hill Irrigation Ad

 • Give everything a good feeding, to get things growing

 • Divide crowded perennials and share

 • Make sure tall perennials are staked, especially emerging gladiolas


 • Keep the perennial vegetables and berries weeded

 • Move rosemary plants outdoors, if they don't live there year round


 • Repot houseplants in new soil for good rejuvenation

 Trees & Shrubs

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 • Check out the azaleas in bloom for future purchases.

 • Plant or transplant trees and shrubs before the heat of summer.


 • Clean bird feeders

 • Turn the compost


 • Keep a watch out for asparagus beetles, aphids, cabbage worms, cutworms, scale, slugs & snails and any signs of fungal diseases (leaf spot, mildew, rust...)

 • Rip out invasive species of plants while the soil is damp and before they spread even further.




“Exercise for free – Grow A Garden This Year”


   If you have questions about your landscape plants, you can also call the Extension Office and ask to speak to a Master Gardener or the Horticulture Technician.




William H. McCaleb
Program Assistant, ANR
Master Gardener Coordinator
Virginia Cooperative Extension
171 S. Main Street
P.O. Box 757
Halifax, VA 24558-0757
fax: 434-476-7777






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