Gardening Tips from Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners

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: and follow them on Facebook.