Turf event Saturday features trade show
Learn about the differences between organic fertilizers and synthetic fertilizers during the Virginia Cooperative Extension's Super Turf Saturday on Aug. 16.
Topics for the day include soil composition, lawn decisions, organic versus synthetic fertilizers, reducing disease, and weed control, Barb Foley of the Turf Love Program said in a release. The Virginia Tech Turf Team will be on hand and a free trade show offered.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m Sat., Aug. 16, and the event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road.
The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 757-564-2179 and leave a message with name, phone, and number of people attending.
Free workshops at Bass Pro
The Fall Hunting Classic at Bass Pro Shops in Hampton begins Friday, Aug. 1 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 17.
"August is the perfect time for Bass Pro Shops to host our Fall Hunting Classic because hunters are champing at the bit to get ready for fall," said Tammy Sapp, Bass Pro Shops communications director. "We've been hosting this event for more than 20 years now so it's as much a part of fall traditions as campfires and swapping hunting stories."
The free workshops are designed to prepare hunters for the upcoming seasons, according to a news release from Bass Pro.
Topics will include: hunting big game near home, camo patterns matter, how to cook venison, and new strategies for fall hunting success. Other topics scheduled for the Hampton store are varmint hunting, geese decoys, binocular information, crossbows and a session for women. Children's activities are also offered.
For a complete list of times and programs and for information on Bass Pro's sweepstakes to win a helicopter hunting trip with Brian "Pigman" Quaca, go to http://www.basspro.com/classic.
Upcoming home, garden events
•Oyster farming workshops. Saturday, Aug. 2 and Thursday, Aug. 7. Learn to grow oysters from your dock. Families and kids old enough to maintain floats are encouraged to attend. You receive a bag of 1,000 baby seed oysters and a growing system. After one year, return your oysters at a round-up event where they will be transplanted onto sanctuary reefs in local waterways. Cost: $30.
The Saturday session is from 9-11 a.m. at Station 14 Rescue Squad, 740 Virginia Beach Blvd., in Virginia Beach. The Thursday session is from 6-8 p.m. at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 1375 Greate Road, Gloucester Point. Information/registration: http://www.cbf.org/virginiaoysters. 622-1964. CBFOysterGardening@cbf.org.
•Life stages of monarch butterflies. Aug. 16, 10 a.m-11:30 a.m. Children will learn about the transformation that results in the stunning monarch butterfly and will be shown the plants in the garden that nourish the developing caterpillars. Instructor: Barb Dunbar, master gardener and certified master naturalist. Cost: $5.
Williamsburg Botanical Garden, 5535 Centerville Road, Williamsburg. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.williamsburgbotanicalgarden.org.
Coming Sunday in Good Life
Garden writer Kathy Van Mullekom's monthly introduction to native plants and pollinators features the magical milkweed that monarch butterflies need to survive and the harmless bugs that feed on their seeds.
Compiled by Felicia L. Mason