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Extension Publications

Extension publications are available here

Direct links to a few popular publications:

Master Gardener Program Extension Publications

butterfly lands on an orange flower
Creating Inviting Habitats
by Mary Free, Northern Virginia Master Gardener
a clear glass half full of purple liquid sits on a table next to a bunch of grapes and two leaves
Wine Making for the Home Gardener
Phyllis Turner, PhD. Bedford Master Gardener
cover of a publication with solid green bottom and title forcing bulbs for indoor bloom. on top, a bunch of yellow flowers blooms on straight stems
Fooling Mother Nature: Forcing Bulbs for Indoor Bloom
by George Graine, Fairfax County Master Gardener
cover of publication with title deer a garden pest, small photo on right shows two four-legged animals standing in a flat green field
Deer: A Garden Pest
by Walter Hussey with the Fluvanna County Extension Master Gardeners
green cover of publication with title "therapeutic gardening" and four small askew photos showing people working outside, green bushes, a landscape, and a large group of people standing outside
Therapeutic Gardening
by Phyllis Turner, Bedford Master Gardener

Smart Yard Care Book

Smart Yard Care: Big Rewards from Small Investments in Stewardship, takes a holistic look at landscaping and home life to promote Firewise practices. The book by Francis J. Reilly, Jr. offers environmentally-friendly alternatives to burning yard waste, including ways to avoid creating it in the first place. Thoughtful homeowners, especially those in Mid-Atlantic States, will find good information to help reduce, reuse, or recycle yard waste, decreasing fuels from around their homes. Debris burning is a major cause of unwanted wildfires and reducing that activity may also help decrease wildfire starts. The handbook provides useful tips on dealing with invasive species and living with wildlife, as well as protecting human homes and landscapes from wildfire.

The book is the culmination of an idea first brought to the Virginia Cooperative Extension of Virginia Tech by Barb Stewart of the National Park Service. She, Stephanie Bushong of the USDA Forest Service and Cindy Frenzel, then with the Virginia Department of Forestry, were looking for environmentally-sensitive ways to help people protect their homes from wildland fire. David D. Close, Virginia State Master Gardener Coordinator, was project director. National Fire Plan funds supported the project through an agreement with the National Park Service Southern Appalachian Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit. – Information about the Smart Yard Care guide courtesy of the National Park Service website.

View a preview of the Smart Yard Care table of contents. To order, email Dave