Garden Works

Welcome to USO-Metro Garden Works!

Garden Works (GW) is a community of gardeners founded in mid-2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. As military families huddled at home with little to do, there was a need for fun and purposeful family activities, a way to reduce social isolation, and a desire for resiliency and independence from the food chain. With a team of Virginia Master Gardeners and USO volunteers, we established a private Facebook group and used USO-sponsored events to share our gardening experiences, education, support, and creativity. As the local health situation improves, we hope to hold more in-person events to introduce more service members and their families to the benefits of growing their own food and gardening for their mental and physical health!


UPCOMING 2022 EVENTS

2 APRIL: Fort Belvoir Spring Fest: Come visit our Garden Works booth at the USO Warrior and Family Center - Ft Belvoir!



Here’s a sample of the many offerings and engagements created by our USO-Metro Garden Works (GW) volunteers!

A tribute to The Military Child with Colonial Williamsburg’s Colonel George Washington - created by GW for a 2021 USO-Metro broadcast


Each season we share new and inspiring insights on how to garden and how to connect with the great outdoors! Stay tuned in 2022 for more pallet garden, seed, and garden journals giveaways. Additionally, we will announce more family-oriented walks and tree identification activities in the greater metro area. Finally, you’ll find these seasonal topics covered in our monthly e-newsletters and Facebook group to be timely and instructive for all beginning and avid gardeners!

  • March - Garden preparation & seed germination
  • April- Seed propagation/exchange
  • May- Planting
  • June- Garden maintenance
  • July & August - Sharing your bounty & garden harvest
  • September- Cool weather crops
  • October - Harvesting cool weather crops, soil testing & planting garlic
  • November- Cover crops
  • December- End of year review to apply to next year’s planning

Come join our USO-Metro Garden Works community!

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