Our conversation today with Elaine Specht, President of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association gave us several tips for getting our gardens ready – or leaving them alone – plus how to tell if old seeds are still viable. She told us how to start a garden journal and why you’ll be glad you did.

We talked about their upcoming Seed Exchange at Blandy happening on January 29, 2021 – hopefully in person – as well as several other events happening in the coming months. Plus, she gave us a quick rundown of the seed libraries the organization started a few years ago.

Finally, we talked about their GreenHelpLine where if you have any type of gardening question, Extension Master Gardener volunteers will research your problem and provide unbiased, research-based solutions. They can answer questions about trees, shrubs, house plants, perennials, annuals, and more! E-mail a description and photos of your gardening problems to the GreenHelpLine in your county.

For more information about the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association, visit their website: http://nsvmga.org/ and follow them on Facebook.