News to Use Podcast Transcript: Mar. 20, 2013
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for
March 20, 2013. Coming up, learn about the public comment times for
the county’s proposed budget, stormwater runoff and promoting pollination
for your home gardens, rain barrel workshops and a weekly newsletter to
stay current on activities happening in Fairfax County. Links to topics
mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Residents are encouraged to provide comments and suggestions on the county executive’s proposed fiscal year 2014 Budget and the advertised tax rate during public hearings at the Government Center. The meetings are Tuesday, April 9, at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, April 10, at 3 p.m.; and Thursday, April 11, at 3 p.m. Those wishing to speak at a public hearing can sign up by calling the Office of the Clerk to the Board at 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903. Town hall meetings are also being held throughout the county. For more information, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget.
We may not notice the hummingbirds, beetles and wasps that carry pollen from one plant to another, but without them we would miss many foods that are essential to our health and enjoyment. The most recognized pollinator is the bee, which has adapted to carry pollen from plant to plant, fertilizing along the way. These hard-working insects help pollinate more than 75 percent of flowering plants and crops. Home gardeners can be pollinator promoters and protectors by making their yards a better habitat for native pollinators. Attract pollinators to your yard by installing a variety of native plants. These grow well in this climate and soil because they are indigenous to the region. Also, native plants allow for rain water infiltration and prevent polluted stormwater runoff from entering streams. A 4-by-8-foot or 10-by-10-foot pollinator garden provides plenty of opportunity for cross-fertilization without the work and expense of managing a lawn. Pollinators need shelter, food, water and space to raise their young. Gardeners can satisfy these needs in simple and economical ways: provide shelter by leaving a few branches or dead wood in your yard; a small plate of fresh-cut fruit placed in the shade every other day provides plenty of food; fresh water in a birdbath provides enough to drink; leave some patches of bare ground in your yard for nesting bees. For more information, call the Stormwater Management Team at 703-324-5500, TTY 711 or email SWPDmail@fairfaxcounty.gov.
Welcome the spring by attending a rain barrel workshop. Rain barrels collect water from the roof to be used in the garden and around the home. Build your own rain barrel at upcoming workshops on May 5 and May 18, or purchase a pre-built barrel for pickup on April 21 or May 4. Pre-registration is required. For more information, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/rainbarrels.htm.
Finally, subscribe to “Weekender,” the county’s weekend arts and entertainment e-newsletter. “Weekender” brings together offerings from around the county including theater, concerts, outdoor adventures, gardening workshops, presentations on nature and history, family fun and much more, and delivers them right to your inbox every Thursday evening. Don’t miss out on fun happenings throughout the county. Subscribe to “Weekender” today at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/email/.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.