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

Blues, Brews & BBQ T-shirt Sale

Buy now! A limited edition Blues, Brews & BBQ T-shirt for $10.  These quality, denim washed t-shirts are currently available in limited quantities in sizes Small to 1x.  If you were unable to attend this event you can still show your support for Town of Halifax events by purchasing a great looking t-shirt with all local sponsors listed on the back and event name on the front.  Buy yours today from the Town of Halifax located at 70 South Mian Street in historic Halifax, VA.


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Town of Halifax Farmers Market Activities

The Town of Halifax Farmers Market located at 209 South Main Street in the historic Town of Halifax is open now every Saturday from 8am-Noon.  come enjoy the atmosphere and experience of the market while supporting our local farmers.  Buying local will ensure that you are getting lower prices and fresher produce all while helping to stimulate local economic growth and bring life into the downtown.  So remember to support our local farmers this season; and to, Buy Local - Eat Fresh!  If you are interested in becoming a vendor, applications are available at Halifax Town Hall, 70 South Main Street, call (434)476-2343 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Permit fee for the entire season at the Town of Halifax Farmers Market is only $35.00.  Weekly rate is $7.00

The Market also hosts and welcomes community members to participate in 1st Saturday Community Yard Sales.  Bring your yard sale items to sell during normal farmers market hours of 8am - Noon and turn your trash into cash.  The dates of remaining Community Yard Sales scheduled are July 6th, August 3rd, September 7th, and October 5th.  Spaces are $10 for a 10' x 10' space and one table provided by the market for the first 6 paid participants.

2nd Saturdays, the Master Gardeners provide various workshops at the market.  July 13th, join the Southside Master Gardener Association and the Southside Virginia Herb Society from 8 to 11am.  The Master Gardeners will lead you through the process of making a hypertufa container to take home.  Cost is $5 for each container.  Supplies will be provided.  The Herb Society will have an herbal tea tasting and be selling handmade jewelry, gourd birdhouses and herbal booklets on culinary and Biblical herbs.  On August 10th they will teach the correct way to divide perennials, and on September 14th they will provide free tool sharpening for small gardening tools during market hours of 8am - Noon. 

Also plan to join us as we celebrate Farmers Market week on Saturday, August 10th with a cooking demo hosted by Hudson Heritage Farms, using fresh USDA meat and locally grown produce and much more! 

Then new for the 2013 season there will be an Indoor Winter-Holiday Market held on Saturdays, December 7th, 14th, & 21st from 8am - Noon.  This is a great way to showcase what you have to offer for the holiday shoppers and is open to all artisans and crafters.

Halifax ABM Grand Opening

Halifax ABM will hold a grand opening on Monday, July 1st from 11:30-1:30.  Halifax ABM will provide a new way for you to improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing.  ABM, the Anat Baniel Method, offers an alternative to other therapies that deal with physical pain, such as back/neck/joint pain, stroke and cerebral palsy as well as mental and emotional concerns.  Through gentle movements of the body.  ABM will create new connections in the brainfor better physical and mental function.. Discounts and more information will be offered.  Chelsea Webber, certified practitioner of the Anat Baniel Method, can be reached on location at 60 S. Main ST., Halifax - down a side road across from Molasses Grill and within the Ohm Yoga Center or contact her via phone 434-471-6821 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cement and Tea on Second Saturday by Laverne Fuller

Where else but at Second Saturdays at the Town of Halifax Farmer's Market can you find a combination of cement and tea?  The answer is nowhere.  The Southside Master Gardener Association will be at the Halifax Farmer's Market on Saturday, July 13, from 8 to 11 am to demonstrate how to make hypertufa pots.  Hypertufa is a combination of Portland cement, perlite, sphagnum peat moss and water which is molded to resemble antique stone troughs from England.  These pots have an advantage over traditional clay pots in that they do not crack if left outside over the winter.  Visitors to the Farmer's Market will be able to make their own pot to take home for $5.00 each.  All supplies will be furnished.  In addition, the Southside Virginia Herb Society will be at the Halifax Farmer's Market with samples of herbal tea for tasting.  Many herbs used for teas are easily grown in our area.  The Herb Society will have handmade jewelry, birdhouses made from gourds and booklets on culinary and Biblical herbs for sale.

come on out to the Market to make a pot and enjoy fresh herbal tea.  For more information about the Master Gardener porgram, contact the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, visit the website at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

jewell.jpg - 1.56 Mb     Master Gardener Jewell Giles plants herbs in this hypertufa trough.  Visit the Halifax Farmers Market on July 13th to make your own pot to take home.


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