Potager Dream- Planning My Garden

Over the last few weeks, I have roamed around my yard to find the best spot for my potager garden.  Typically the potager garden is as close to the kitchen as you can get so that it’s easy to harvest fruits, vegetables and other delicious things for your dinner.  With this in mind I kept pretty close to the back entry closest to my kitchen.  One of the problems I found was the way my home is situated on the land, having the garden close to my kitchen wouldn’t give me the amount of continuous light that I would need for a healthy garden.  If I moved it out a bit further but not so far that it’s a chore to get to, I will get the right amount of light, a slight slope to help with draining and it’s still very visible from all of the windows and doors on the back side of my house.  It will entice me to spend time reflecting on life and enjoying the peace of my garden every day.

Having found the right spot for me, you can see the condition this spot is in.  It’s an overgrown area that I had thought I would eventually do something with, but never really found the time for it because I didn’t know what to do with it.  It gets continuous sun from sun up to sun down, which will help with the year-round growing and harvesting that I want to implement.   Now I need to develop my plan.  Using the typical potager garden plan I will need order, outlined or raised beds, pathways, a water feature and architectural elements.  Because this has been an idea that I have been playing with for a while, I had spent time looking at a few historical and famous gardens online for ideas.  I visited a few professionally cared for gardens too.  They have some really beautiful and simple designs that I would like to use in my garden.   Once I had decided on the spot, I then purchased a tablet of graph paper from my local store and started drawing.  By drawing I mean putting squares and circles on the graph paper.  I first went out to the space with a tape measure.  I measured out what I thought would be the right size of space and placed a wooden stake into each of the four corners.  This allowed me to physically see how big the space is going to be.  When I picture my garden in my mind, it has beds with pathways large enough to allow a wheel barrow or wagon to move easily through, reaching at least one side of each bed.  Some paths a little bit smaller, allowing me to walk between the beds to reach each side easily.  I also wanted to have space to compost and have a water feature.  To ensure that this is realistic, when I was gathering my ideas I would find samples of the idea and the dimensions needed to create those ideas.  For example, my water feature idea is to use a small stock tank to make a small round pond.  I looked online to see what size I would need and the measurements of that tank.  I then went to the center of my garden, measured out that amount of space and then marked that on my graph paper.


Then I measured out the pathway next to that and added that to my plan.  I then took each element that I wanted to add to the plan, measured it out and drew it on my plan.  This allowed me to “walk” the space, picture it on paper, in my mind and know that the measurements would be the size I will need my overall space to be.  Slowly building my garden in my mind, picturing each layer, each item and the place they would hold in the garden.   I would then think about a small dwarf tree that I might want to add or a berry bush of some sort and if that meant I needed to add more space, I would measure that out to see if it would work.  I know that what I have on paper is just the beginning and it’s still fluid as I can change it if I want, or I find a problem with what I have plotted out.  Until I have the stones in place and the dirt well planted, it’s just an idea.  Even then, I can always change it until it feels just right.

Next time, I believe that I will need to start deciding what to plant in my potager garden.

Livestock News

Beef Cattle

Four new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1321 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

With lots of cattle about to go on feed throughout Ohio, this week Richard Purdin talks about the purpose of a feed grinder and its proper use.

Articles this week include:

    • The Feed Grinder Mixer, Friend, or Foe?
    • Answering the age-old question: Is cottonseed going to make my bulls infertile?
    • Demand Part 2: Beef Demand Determinants
    • Strong Counter Seasonal Finish to the Year in Process

Small Ruminant

Family Forests and Carbon Webinar

The videos and other resources from last week’s A DAY in the WOODS webinar  Family Forests and Carbon Webinar are now available at https://go.osu.edu/carbonfamilyforest. The videos have been divided into three parts for ease of viewing:

  • Part 1 -“Carbon 101”, Charles Levesque (President, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, LLC and Coordinator, Securing Northeast Forest Carbon Program
  • Part 2- “Ohio’s Family Forest Carbon Program (AFF/TNC)”, Tristan Kinnison (American Forest Foundation)
  • Part 3- “Examples of current Forest Carbon projects in Ohio”, Anthony Pappas (Heritage Habitat & Forestry, LLC)

Southern Ohio Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training

This meeting will fulfill the three-hour requirement for private or commercial applicators who need agricultural fertilizer applicator certification.


DATE: Thursday, December 1, 2022

TIME: 5:00 pm –8:00 pm

LOCATION: Southern State Community College. 100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, OH 45133. Room 106.

COST: $35.00 due by the registration deadline

REGISTRATION and PAYMENT DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 29, 2022

PAYMENT: Check or cash only. Make payments to OSU Extension. Payments can be sent to 119 Governor Foraker Pl. Suite 202, Hillsboro, OH 45133


Who Should Attend? Fertilizer certification is required if you apply fertilizer (other than manure) to more than 50 acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale. If you hire a co-op or other custom applicator to make your fertilizer applications, you do not need the certification. This training is for private and commercial applicators.

What will be covered? Best management practices will be the basis of the agricultural fertilizer certification training with a focus on fertilizer applications that have the appropriate rate, timing, placement, and source. Learn more about fertilizer certification at NutrientEducation.osu.edu

Contact & Payment Information
Contact: James Morris, morris.1677@osu.eduor call 937-393-6018

Hosted by OSU Extension – Adams, Brown, Clermont, and Highland Counties Agriculture and Natural Resources Educators

Farm Management Education for Women – Annie’s Project

Join us for Annie’s Project series this fall in Greenville, OH hosted by OSU Extension of Darke and Miami County

Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in modern farm enterprises.

This 6-week workshop focuses on five key areas of risk management: human, financial, marketing, production, and legal. Women learn about agri-business practices from experts in their fields. They also form valuable networks with others in the class.



The cost is $75.00 per person
The registration deadline is January 20, 2023


Course Contacts:

  • Miami County – Amanda Bennett at 937-440-3495 or bennett.709@osu.edu
  • Darke County – Taylor Dill at 937-569-5000 or dill.138@osu.edu


Session 1: Jan 30

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Real Colors Personality Test
  • What kinds of risks do we need to manage?

Session 2: Feb 2

  • Legal Liability: What is it and How to Manage it?
    • Liability for property visitors, negligence, pesticides, livestock, nuisance, contracts, insurance, food licensing

Session 3: Feb 6

  • Tips for Direct Marketing
  • Developing Your Social Media Presence
  • Grain Marketing Basics
  • How much does production cost?
  • Exploring Marketing Tools

Session 4: Feb 9

  • Record Keeping
  • Getting your Finances in Order
  • SDA Loans
  • How do you measure up against similar operations?

Session 5: Feb 13

  • Family Communication and Stress
  • Preparing for retirement
  • Farm Transition and Succession Planning

Session 6: Feb 16

  • Knowing your Resources
    • Farm Service Agency
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service
    • Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Crop Insurance

Event Sponsors

Graves-Fearon Agency

Darke County Farm Bureau

Miami County Farm Bureau

Farm Credit Mid-America

Phelan Insurance

Merchants Bank of Indiana

Livestock News

Issues from November 9, 16 & 23, 2022

Beef Cattle News

Five new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1320 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

This week Christine Gelley offers her thoughts on the blessings we often receive from the many learning experiences we find on the farm!

Articles this week include:

    • Constructively Thankful
    • Winter Application of Manure
    • Meat Judging Programs and Why They Matter
    • Do Beef Prices Drive Consumption or Does Beef Consumption Drive Prices?
    • Cattle on Feed

Have a great holiday, and don’t forget to enjoy your Black Friday by shopping at the 10th annual Replacement Female Sale!

Four new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1319 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

This week, more indications for optimism remain strong for the immediate future of most segments of the beef cattle business!

Articles this week include:

    • Tenth Annual OCA Replacement Female Sale Features 86 Lots
    • Making EPDs Understandable
    • Cow and Heifer Slaughter Implications for Cattle Inventory
    • Lower Retail Beef Prices

Four new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1318 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

Dry weather – especially over the past two months – has thrown a monkey wrench into even the best-laid plans for managing forages this fall. This week Chris Penrose digs into those concerns as he simply asks, “Are you still grazing?”

Articles this week include:

    • Are You Still Grazing?
    • Doc, how do I use a modified live vaccine in my cows?
    • September Beef Exports are Lower Compared to Last Year
    • Corn Price and Dry Distiller Grain Price Relationship

Small Ruminant News

USDA Designates Brown and Clermont Counties in Ohio, as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2022 –This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, the reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available, and repayment ability.

Impacted Area: Ohio

Triggering Disaster: Excessive rainfall occurred from May 1 through June 16, 2022.

Application Deadline: May 29, 2023

Primary Counties Eligible: Brown and Clermont

Contiguous Counties Also Eligible:

In Ohio: Adams, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren

In Kentucky: Bracken, Campbell, Mason, and Pendleton

More Resources

On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery ToolDisaster Assistance-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help you determine program or loan options. To file a Notice of Loss or to ask questions about available programs, contact your local  USDA Service Center.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Women in Agriculture Series

Agriculture is becoming more complex every year with more technology, changing genetics,  higher costs of production, worldwide market impacts, environmental shifts, labor issues, and the list go on and on. It is also an exciting time for agriculture for many of the same reasons.  As part of the family farming operation, where do you see your role?

This high-impact series is designed to provide women with tools to improve their risk management skills in the complex, dynamic world of agriculture. We invite you to attend one, or all the programs we have planned.  Come for some great discussion, fellowship, and learning.

These events are free to those attending. This program is designed for great discussion and learning. We will have dessert and other refreshments each evening.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 –  Peggy Hall – OSU Ag Law Specialist, Open discussion to address your Ag law questions and concerns

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 –  Robert Moore – OSU Ag Law Specialist, Succession planning thoughts for the family farm operation

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 –  Kaitlin Roush – Clinton Co. FSA Director, Farm Program Update and Discussion

Location: Clinton Co Extension Community Room, 111 S. Nelson Avenue, Wilmington, OH

Time each night:  6:30 to 8:00 PM


Make your reservation by calling our office at (937) 382-0901 and let us know what nights you will be attending.

Spread the word – this event is open to anyone.

For More Information Contact: Tony Nye – at 937-382-0901 or nye.1@osu.edu 

Livestock News

Beef Cattle

Four new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1316 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

Ohio’s Beginning Farmer Bill, House Bill 95, became effective back in July. This week Peggy Kirk Hall explains what it could mean to “beginning farmers.”

Articles include:

  • Ohio’s Beginning Farmer Income Tax Credits
  • The feedlot and manure management
  • BEEF 509 returns in 2023, registration is now open
  • Cattle on Feed Dips Below Year-Ago

Six new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1317 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

As dry weather continues to creep to the east, water becomes a growing concern. This week Garth Ruff digs into water concerns that extend beyond simply having enough.

Articles this week include:

  • Water – The Most Important Nutrient
  • Carefully Manage Each of the Forages You Have
  • Livestock Trailer Rollover Training Held for First Responders
  • Applying the Concept of Relative Age Effect to Our Calf Crop
  • Consider Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Insurance as a Risk Management Tool
  • Value of Gain on Winter Backgrounded Cattle

Small Ruminant

2022 Ohio Maple Day

We are fast approaching the date for the 2022 Ohio Maple Day event.  Join us on Dec. 10th at Ashland University’s John C. Meyer Convocation Center for a jam-packed program on all things maple.  Updates on red maple research from both Ohio State’s Gabe Karns and the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center’s Abby van den Berg.  Add to this other talks on reverse osmosis, marketing, and insects impacting maple trees.

A maple-themed lunch and a vendor room that features a variety of maple equipment dealers, consulting foresters, and other associated equipment help round out the day.  There are also SAF continuing education credits available for the program.

You can register here

We hope to see you there!