The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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December 22, 2013

'Make the best better' with garden calendar

The 2014 West Virginia University Extension Service Garden Calendar is now available for those seeking to grow, cultivate and sustain their flower garden or vegetable garden while gaining helpful information and tips from experts to use throughout the year.

“The garden calendar is an educational service for the people of West Virginia on behalf of WVU Extension Service,” said Steve Bonanno, WVU Extension Service interim director.

“Our faculty agents and specialists provide tips and techniques to help ensure gardeners are a success. Whether it’s your first time planting or you’re a perennial gardener, we’ve got you covered.”

The publication provides information on planting and pruning with articles each month that tell a unique story of West Virginia’s achievements in agriculture, 4-H and more.

One such article conveys the story of the Cooperative Extension Service’s beginnings in 1914 with the passing of the Smith-Lever Act.

Featured articles include background on the Ornablue blueberry bush developed in 1938 and West Virginia’s famous “Golden Delicious” apple that was discovered in 1912 near Porter’s Creek in Clay County.

In addition to articles, the garden calendar helps gardeners to decide what plants grow best in their area and when to plant them, by way of a planting zone map.

To obtain your free garden calendar, while supplies last, contact your local WVU Extension Service office or visit WVU Extension Service on the web at

WVU Extension Service agents and specialists help to improve communities around the state through various areas of expertise.  By way of trusted research and knowledge, WVU Extension experts help citizens make positive strides and improvements in agriculture, businesses and community development, and by positively making an impact on youths — “making the best, better” — through 4-H programs.

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