Overview of gardening news from April 28, 2022

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Green teacher. 4-H Project Green Teacher, a school gardening series for educators, volunteer master gardeners, and others interested in school gardening, will return to the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, 6-10 June. The series is designed for those who want to use gardening as a learning context with young people, meet resource staff and build their confidence as a gardening educator while providing the opportunity to network with other interested people. through school gardening.

The expansion-sponsored series will be hybrid this year, and participants can participate either virtually for $25 or in-person for $40. Master Gardener volunteers will receive a reduced registration of $10 for virtual or in-person participation. The in-person location will be at the Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Building, 2548 Carmack Road, Columbus.

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, depending on the attendance option. Online participant sessions will end at 2:15 p.m., while in-person participants will participate in daily outdoor activities at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Session topics will include:

How to start a school garden

How to involve administrators, colleagues, the community, etc.

Understanding soils

Site Selection

Behavior Management

Native bees and pollinators

Season extension

Hydroponics and aquaponics

Integrated pest control

plant health

Chickens

Harvest Celebration

Links between farm and school

Evaluate your school garden

Presenters will come from a variety of backgrounds and include teachers and OSU extension staff.

The series will conclude with a 4-H Project Green Teacher certificate and the chance to earn up to 20 contact hours based on attendance.

The deadline for registration is June 1. For more information and to view the schedule, visit the registration site at go.osu.edu/pgtsu22 or contact Sue Hogan at [email protected]

GEAUGA COUNTY

Garden workshop. The Geauga County Master Gardener volunteers will be hosting a garden tool selection and maintenance workshop, May 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Geauga Master Gardener Volunteers Annie Rodewig and Dick Coin offer a journey into the world of tools for the gardener.

There will be door prizes as well as drinks and snacks.

To register in advance, call 440-834-4656. The free class is held at the OSU Geauga County Extension Office, Patterson Center (at the north end of the Burton Fairgrounds), 14269 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton, Ohio.

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Gardening Matters. Do you have questions about your plants, the maintenance of your lawn, your trees, harmful insects in your garden, your vegetable or flower gardens? Ohio State University Extension trained volunteers to educate others with timely, research-based gardening information.

Master Gardeners are available in April by emailing [email protected] From May 1 to September 30, gardeners are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They can be found at the OSU Extension Office at 14269 Claridon Troy Road, Burton, Ohio, or 440-834-4656. . Feel free to email, call or drop by.

RICHLAND COUNTY

Workshop and sale. Richland SWCD is hosting a free native plant workshop May 3 at 3 p.m. at the Richland County Fairgrounds Nature Park at 750 N. Home Road, Mansfield.

Noah Cable of Pheasants Forever will review species selection, site selection considerations, site preparation, planting methods and post-planting care. For all landowners, Gale Martin of Natives in Harmony will explain why native plants are important in our landscape, their benefits, and how to choose plants.

The sale of native plants will take place after the workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Plant plugs are $3 each and are subject to availability. Plant flats can be ordered during the sale for $96. Garden gloves and packets of native seeds will also be available for purchase.

To register for the workshop or for more information on selling native plants, visit richlandswcd.net/get-involved/calendar, call 419-747-8685, or email [email protected]

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Rain Garden Grants. In an effort to promote conservation practices by landowners, the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District offers cost-share grants to offset a portion of the cost of installing a rain garden, purchase of a rain barrel or soil test.

These practices help protect the health of soil and water resources and conserve water. Funds supporting this grant program come from donations made at the Richland Gives event in November 2021.

The application period is open until June 1st. For more details and to apply, visit forms.gle/XBS1LQ3rc9RZ5p1QA, call 419-747-8685 or email [email protected]

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Flowery hike. Spring wildflowers bloom throughout the Richfield Heritage Preserve and to help people enjoy them, the Friends of the Richfield Heritage Preserve is sponsoring a guided hike, May 14, 1-3:30 p.m. at the park (4374 Broadview Road in Richfield).

Led by conservationist Jennifer Windus, chair of the Invasive Plant Council of Ohio and advisor to the Friends Invasive Species Management Team, the walk in the woods will feature her ideas on protecting the park’s native species. . The 2 mile loop trail runs through one of the most scenic sections of the park.

Participants are asked to meet shortly before 1pm at the Waterfront Shelter, which is just south of The Lodge, to wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather and bring water to drink . Although the event is free and open to the public, attendees are encouraged to RSVP through Eventbrite at eventbrite.com/e/wildflower-hike-tickets-264331822597.

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Conservative creation. Join the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District on May 10 at 6 p.m. for the next creative conservation arts and crafts project, Flower Power Paper. The workshop will take place at the Longview Center, 1495 West Longview Avenue, Mansfield.

At Flower Power Paper Conservation Creation, you will make paper with dried flowers to use as decoration, in scrapbooking or in other creative ways. The district provides the materials and tools needed to complete the project.

Reservations are required for the workshop and cost $6 per person. Visit richlandswcd.net/get-involved/calendar or call 419-747-8685 for more information and to register for the workshop.

The remaining curatorial creative workshops for the year are June 14, Needle Felted Sheep; July 12, Rustic String Art; August 9, Aviary Tea Party; September 13, Fall Centerpieces; October 11, corny crowns; and on December 13, Grapevine Tree.

(To add a nonprofit event to our gardening list, send details at least three weeks in advance to: Gardening News, Farm and Dairy, PO Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or email to: [email protected])

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