Master Gardeners 2nd Saturdays at the Farmers Market

Shiitake Mushrooms, Pot up a Plant for Mother & Tool Sharpening at the Farmers Market

Mushrooms, Pot up a Plant for Mother and Tool Sharpening at the Halifax Farmers Market

                We can tell spring is in the air when the Second Saturdays at the Halifax Farmer’s Market start on May 12. There will a lot happening at the market that day.  The Southside Master Gardeners will clean and sharpen gardening tools and help kids pot up a plant for Mother’s Day.  Bring your kids and grandkids to the market, along with your dirty garden tools and go home with a flower for Mom and clean and sharp tools for your garden chores, now that it finally looks like frost is past.  These activities will be from 8 to 11 a.m.

                A shiitake mushroom workshop will be held at Halifax Farmers Market at 9:30 a.m. on the same day  The class will consist of a Powerpoint presentation about the health benefits of shiitake inside the market and then a hands on log inoculation outside.  The cost is $15/log, not per person.  So it is ok to bring a friend along to help out.  Since part of the class will be outside, be sure to dress for the weather.  It will be held rain or shine.  To register for the class, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, option 0.  Class size is limited so make your reservations early.  Old clothes are suggested.

                Join us from 8 to 11 am on Saturday, May 12th for a fun morning with your children free tool sharpening and to ask any questions you may have about your yard or garden. While there visit all the vendors inside and out for fresh produce, organic meats, arts and collectibles, baked goods and homemade soaps and lotions.  For more information about the Master Gardener program, please call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147 or visit their website at or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Master Gardener Tommy Conner helps some kids pot up a plant for Mother at the Halifax Farmers Market.  Bring your kids and grandkids out for this event along with your gardening tools for sharpening on May 12th between 8 and 11 a.m.

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Master Gardener Plant Sale - May 5th

The annual Southside Master Gardener Association Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot in front of the Halifax County Extension Office, 171 S. Main Street, Halifax.  All types of plants will be available including annuals, herbs, perennials, vegetables, shrubs and trees.  The sale will also offer handmade garden art.

            Using old metal car parts and other found treasures to make garden art is a great way to go green.  How creative to use horseshoes to make an owl’s eyes and an old garden rake for the wings.  With some horseshoes, a hammer, a couple washers and some rebar you have a dog that will never bite.  A cat was made with horseshoes, washers, locknuts, welding rods and rebar that will look lovely in the garden and will scare the mice and voles.  This is just a sampling of the garden art for sale at the Plant Sale.

            Hypertufa is the name of a process of making garden containers, ornaments, sculptures or stepping-stones using Portland cement, perlite and peat.  The process was developed as a substitute for volcanic rock called Tufa that was traditionally used to make Alpine troughs.  This

year, there will be draped and basket hypertufa as well as traditional hypertufa containers.  Some hypertufa was shaped to resemble stones and dressed up as beneficial insects, another great addition to your garden.  New this year is papercrete, a process of making containers similar to hypertufa but more lightweight.  The process involves making a pulp from shredded paper and mixing with Portland cement.

            Tool sharpening will be offered.  Bring your gardening hand tools for a spring cleanup and sharpening.  There will also be an herbal demonstration and herbal vinegars for sale.  Stop by the Bake Sale table to purchase something to nibble on while walking through the sale

            Naturally, there will be lots of plants, priced to sell and locally grown.  Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions throughout the sale.  If you want more information or are interested in the Master Gardener program visit, like on Facebook, contact the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Caption for picture:  Wouldn’t you love to have this wise old owl overlooking your garden?  Stop by the Southside Master Gardeners Plant Sale on May 5th for this owl and other garden treasures plus lots and lots of plants priced to sell.

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