Category Archives: Horticulture


Got a question this week regarding some “bugs” feeding on asparagus. They turned out to be asparagus beetles which are often a problem in asparagus, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some resources regarding asparagus and its pests. Hope you find it helpful!

Asparagus: General Info

Getting Started in Asparagus Productions

Part 1: Asparagus Varieties

Part 3: Harvest

Part 4: Field Care

Pests of Asparagus

Asparagus Beetle

Asparagus Beetles on Asparagus


Garden Workshop Series at the historic Raleigh Parish Glebe in Amelia

For the second year in a row, the Amelia Extension Office will be holding a summer workshop series at the 3,000 square foot vegetable demonstration garden at the Raleigh Parish Glebe. Garden sessions are free and will last approximately one hour. Interested participants should preregister to (804) 561-2481 so that they can be notified of weather-related changes. Children are welcome to attend with adults and are especially invited on June 25 and July 2, as there will be a breakout gardening activity for children during the concurrent adult session. Each garden session will include time to ask questions or discuss any topics of interest.

May 28-Garden Tour; Discussion on Bed Prep, Soil Health, & Planting; Garden Q&A-11 AM
June 11-Garden Tour; Early Season Management, Pests and Diseases; Garden Q&A-6 PM
June 25-Garden Tour; Veggie One-day Pickling and Children’s Garden Session, 11 AM
July 2-Garden Tour; Using and Drying Herbs and Children’s Garden Session, 11 AM
July 30-Garden Tour; Saving Seeds from your Garden; Garden Q&A-11 AM
August 13-Garden Tour; Fall Planting and Cover Crop Options; Garden Q&A-11 AM

Tours will take place outdoors, and participants may bring a bagged lunch. Contact Laura Siegle, Amelia Agriculture Extension Agent, at or (804) 561-2481 for directions, more information, or to RSVP. Individuals or community groups who wish to schedule a special workshop or visit the garden outside of these public tour dates are encouraged to call the Extension office to schedule an appointment.

Demonstration Garden

2014 Garden Talks.pdf

For more information, please contact Amelia Cooperative Extension at (804)-561-2481.

Central Virginia Produce, Livestock, & Feed Storage Systems Program Grant

For Details and Eligibility Requirements, please click on this document in blue: Guidelines for Central VA Produce, Livestock, and Feed Storage Systems Program



*For a larger image, view the .pdf version below.

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Kudzu Bug Spread

In case you were wondering what we’ve been up to regarding the kudzu bug invasion…here’s the latest.

Monitoring Kudzu Bug Emergence and Overwintering

                   traptrap with bugs

In mid-March 2014, over 50 Virginia Cooperative Extension Agents and Virginia Tech Faculty and Staff began monitoring a 51-county network of sticky traps to determine overwintering emergence of kudzu bug in Virginia.  Trap operators were instructed to position the traps in any open area (e.g., open fields or lawns in urban or rural settings).  The trap consisted of 4-inch diameter PVC pipe, 18-inch long, with an end cap on top, suspended approximately 6 inches above the ground using a support stake (Fig. 1).  A 12-inch band of sticky paper (Stable Fly Sticky Sleeve, Great Lakes IPM) was fitted all the way around the PVC pipe.  Trap operators were instructed to check the trap two or three times per week for presence of kudzu bugs and to change sticky paper weekly.  Data, including zeros, are being recorded until the date of first capture of kudzu bugs for each county.  Visual reports of kudzu bugs by the trap operators are also accepted for first capture data.  To date, 14 trap operators in 13 counties have detected kudzu bugs (Fig. 2).  Most reports have come from southeast Virginia.  Some traps have caught one or two insects, while others have trapped many (Fig. 1).  Although it is premature to make any comments about ‘trends’, traps that are located adjacent to areas (kudzu patches, last year’s soybean fields) where kudzu bug numbesr were high last year are the traps that have caught insects.  Also, generally, traps are catching insects on the warmest days.


Kudzu bug pdf version

For more information on Kudzu Bugs and their impact on Virginia Agriculture, check out the links below:

Loan Opportunity with Virginia Fresh Food Loan Fund (VFFLF)

Opportunity for food hub operators (locally-sourced meats, fruits, and vegetables): retail and wholesale distributors; value-added processors and producers; and food business incubators.

Below you will find a summary of the Virginia Fresh Food Loan Fund (VFFLF) which aims to address food deserts and strengthen Virginia’s food system by sharing relevant experience and institutional knowledge in fresh food financing.


For more on Virginia Community Capital, check out their site.

TOMORROW: Produce Auction & Grain Sorghum Meeting (Rescheduled)


**First produce auction of the year in Cullen, VA: Vegetable starts, potted plants, and YOUNG FRUIT TREES (apple, peach, plum, and cherry!). Starts at 10am, get there before to browse and get an apple fry pie.

**Grain Sorghum Meeting in Blackstone, VA: Management, varieties, disease, marketing, and rotations. This was rescheduled from the snow day earlier in the year. 9:30am at the research station. Please let us know if you have not already RSVPed.

Sorghum Meeting Flyer (2)

Small Farm Apprenticeship Opportunity

Unique Opportunity for a Young/Beginning/Aspiring FarmerOmega Lane Farm

We are a small organic farm outside RuralRetreat. We’re looking for a responsible and hard-working apprentice. In exchange for 25-29 hours of work we’re offering a furnished farmhouse, farm produce, and hands-on experience in our passive-solar greenhouse and gardens.


Some of the things you will learn are:

Companion Planting
Straw Bale Gardening
Gutter Gardening
Natural Pest Control
Food Processing Techniques
Marketing at a Farmers Market


Position May 1st-October 1st (flexible)
If Interested, please contact us at:

Suzanne Capone: 276-686-5843