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Second Saturday and Tools by Laverne Fuller

     As any do-it-yourselfer knows, the right tool can make all the difference in a project's success or failure.  The same goes for gardening.  Pruners or loppers?  Spade or shovel?  It all depends on the job.  Along with choosing the correct tool for the job, tools should be maintained for ease in use and so they will last.  Good tools are an investment and with proper care will serve you well for many years.  Be sure to clean your tools after each use.  Dirt and mud can be removed with a spray from the hose or a little scrub from steel wool or a grill brush.  Mixing used motor oil and sand in a tub and running your shovel or hoe through the mixture will help prevent rust.

     Keeping your tools sharp makes them easier to use and is better for plants.  Most folks can sharpen their own tools with a ten inch mill or bastard file.  When you file the blade, it is important to pull the file away from the edge and to maintain the angle of the factory bevel. 

     If your have questions or dull tools, bring them to the Halifax Farmer's Market, Saturday, September 14 between 8 and 11 a.m.  The Southside Master Gardeners will be there for their Second Saturday workshop on tool sharpening.  You can also support your neighbors who bring homegrown vegetables, fruit, organic meats, baked goods and other local products for sale at the market.  For questions about the Master Gardener program, call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, visit the website at www.ssmga.org or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Celebrate Virginia Farmers Market Week with the Town of Halifax Farmers Market

Come celebrate Virginia Farmers Market Week with the Town of Halifax Farmers Maket on Saturday August 10th.  Beginning at 9:30 am with the Master Gardeners Demonstration on how to properly divide perennials.  Also at 9:30 am a cooking demonstration on makiing pizzas on the grill with Hudson Heritage Farms.  Then at 10:00 am there will be Children's story & project time with Victoria Worley, where the kids will enjoy the story "The Bee Man" along with the first 20 children getting to make honey butter and Free Ice Cream for all kids!  

BUY LOCAL-BUY FRESH - Market vendors will have fresh produce along with fresh pork sausage, goat, beef and lamb, fresh eggs, goat cheese, goat milk lotion & soap, fresh sourdough bread, sourdough cinnamon buns, lots of other baked goods, fresh cut flowers, sugar body scrubs, railroad garden bugs & MUCH MORE! 

209 South Main Street, Halifax - Market open 8am - noon.

Community Clock Project Open House on August 7th

Community Clock Project Open House

The Town of Halifax and the Halifax Village Association will host an "open house" in the Halifax Town Hall, 70 South Main Street, starting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday August 7th to share with the community the design and plans for the new town clock purchased by the Halifax Village Association as part of the town's ongoing revitalization efforts

Hill studio planners and designers have been working with the Halifax Community Clock Committee and town staff to develop a phased design for a plaza at front of the Halifax Marketplace at 209 South Main Street to host a vintage-style clock acquired by the Halifa Village Association through their various fund-raising efforts.  The clock and surrounding plaza will be a wonderful new focal point on Main Street for the town, and will eventually serve as a multifunctional gathering spot.

Come learn about the process, see the most recent depictions of the town clock plaza design, and find out what next steps will be involved to construct this new centerpiece in historic downtown Halifax, the County Seat for over 230 years!

For more information, contact Halifax Town Hall, at 434-476-2343.

Halifax Clock Committee members:  Marsha Hite - HVA President, Karen Schopen - HVA Clock Committee, Tom Brown - Town Council (former), Kristy Johnson - Town Council/Planning Commission, Mike Sexton - Planning Commission, Denise Barksdale - Assistant Manager/Town of Halifax Farmer's Market Manager, Carl Espy - Halifax Town Manager/Zoning Administrator.

Divide and Conquer with Master Gardeners by Laverne Fuller

     Perennials are plants that live more than two years.  Examples of some familiar perennials are Black eyed Susan, purple coneflower, hosta, daylillies and irises.  There are many more varieties.  Perennials are a great asset to the garden.  They provide an almost permanent element to the landscape and some gardeners strive to have beds made entirely of perennials for low maintenance.

     Perennial gardens are not completely maintenance free, however.  Once a bed is established, the plants will spread and after a few years will need to be divided.  Plant division is important for several reasons.  The size of the plant can be controlled by division, a plant is healthier if it has room to grow and new plants are provided for your own garden or to share.  If you have a perennial bed in need of some TLD (tender, loving division) come to the Second Saturday at the Halifax Farmer's Market on August 10 at 9:30 a.m. for a special demonstrationon how to conquer your fear of plant division.  The Southside Master Gardeners will be at the market from 8 to 11 a.m. to provide information on how to establish a perennial garden or how to add perennials to your present landscape and of course to answer all your gardening questions.

     While at the Halifax Farmers Market, don't miss the opportunity to visit the local vendors supplying cut flowers, fresh produce, organically grown meats and eggs and home baked sweeties.  If you have questions about the Master Gardener program or this activity please call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.ssmga.org.

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