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Tool Sharpening at Halifax Farmers Market 9/11/21

Tool Sharpening featured at the Halifax Farmers Market on 9/11

            The Second Saturday with the VCE Southside Master Gardener Association will feature tool sharpening from 8 to 11 AM at the Halifax Farmers Market on September. 

            Garden tools are an extension of the home gardener’s hand.  Good tools are an investment, one that needs to be protected especially when money is tight.  Fortunately, this is not difficult to do.  Bring your hand tools to the Halifax Farmers Market on September 11 and the Master Gardeners will cheerfully clean and sharpen your tools for free.

            We all know that sharp tools, especially pruners, are easier to use, but did you know sharp tools are better for the plant?  Dull pruner blades can tear bark or mash a stem leaving a wound that is open and susceptible to the entry of diseases or insects.  The plant has defenses to heal from a sharp clean cut made at the proper place.

            Bring your hand tools to the Halifax Farmers Market on September 11 from 8 to 11 AM and the Master Gardeners will clean and sharpen them at no charge.  As always, Master Gardeners will be there to answer your gardening questions.  Plan to visit the regular vendors with veggies, fruits, organic meats, herbs and eggs. Inside vendors have an assortment of handmade items, collectables and even portrait photography. If you want to know more about the Master Gardeners and their programs, contact Bill McCaleb at the Halifax Extension Office 434-476-2147, option 0 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Bring your garden tools to the Halifax Farmers Market on September 11 from 8 to 11 AM.  The Master Gardeners will cheerfully clean and sharpen them free of charge.

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June 12th Make & Take Fairy Garden at the Farmers Market

June 12 Make and Take Fairy Garden at the Halifax Farmers Market

By Irene Dunn

VCE Southside Master Gardener

The Southside Master Gardener Association will hold a Make and Take Fairy Garden on Saturday, June 12 at the Halifax Farmer’s Market between 9 a.m. and noon. This event is free for youth and a great way to introduce kids to plants and gardening. All items needed to make the Fairy Garden will be provided.

Fairy Gardening has been around for hundreds of years. It first debuted in the US in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair, where the Japanese Pavilion displayed bonsai dish gardens. It has become more popular in recent years. A miniature garden is where you can use your imagination to create a year-round tiny space to tend to and lure fairies where they feel at home and bring luck and happiness. This is a great, fun project for children to get involved in gardening, learn respect for growing things and making memories. Kids will love to plan, pick out plants, play in the dirt, construct tiny items and learn how to maintain their fairy garden.

The garden can be placed inside or outside in living spaces or the garden. It is a great advantage that you can build a fairy garden inside regardless of the weather. Any type of container with a drainage hole can be used. It can be inexpensive by collecting things such as pebbles, rocks, moss, twigs, bark, leaves, fabric, string, small toys, popsicle sticks or items made out of clay. These can be used to make fairy houses, paths, arbors, seats, swings, and ponds. There are many ideas and inspirations on-line and stores where you can also buy fairies, gnomes and accessories to make your garden magical.

While at the market, you will be able to enjoy fresh produce, organic meats and eggs, homemade breads and sweets and lots of arts and crafts. The Halifax Farmer’s Market is located at 209 S Main St, Halifax. Please put the Make and Take Fairy Garden on your list of the most fun things for your children to do this summer.

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This fairy garden is made of mostly natural pieces. Note the pine cone owl, the acorn top mushrooms and okra trees. Bring your kids to the Halifax Farmers Market on June 12 between 9 and noon for a make and take fairy garden.

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