Master Gardener Volunteer Demonstration Garden Update

Susan Grodecki, OSU Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer, reporting week of September 16

The Demo Garden was full of activity Tuesday. The flowers look beautiful in both the Demo and Sensory Gardens with many pollinators buzzing about. The tomatoes seemed to be ripening on the vine in front of my eyes and I harvested them (10#) along with green beans (.45oz), thyme (1.6oz), and parsley (4.3oz). There are still many more tomatoes, as well as blooms on the plants. They definitely love the straw bales and that location.

Between the wind, the hot sun, and the high temperature, the plants were quite dry. The water was on out by the bales, though it did not appear to be by the Sensory Garden. The Sensory Garden looks fantastic and the plants have really filled in the space nicely.  (photos 1-6)

Wednesday it rained so I didn’t visit the Demo Garden, and when I returned Thursday the rain gauge indicated almost 2” of rain had fallen and no watering was necessary..

As pictured, there are also peppers of all varieties that are on the plants, and I picked each type Thursday; though there are quite a few green peppers that were not yet ready to pick. Many of the seeds are ready to harvest … sunflower, chives, zinnia, and dill are ready, and basil will be very soon.

Thursday’s harvest and a copy of my journal entries are pictured in photos 8 & 9 below.

Barbara, you may want to bring a bag to collect the harvest. There are many cherry (grape?) tomatoes that are continuing to ripen and I found they can be quite elusive if you try to hold them in your hands along with the rest of the items. I also had pruners in my car and found them to be helpful for the herbs.

Barbara Mustoe-Monteith, OSU Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer, reporting week of September 18

There was 2″ of rain in the rain gauge, but some bales still seemed dry, so I watered. Harvested 3 pounds of tomatoes and 8 ounces of green beans. It was 82 degrees and sunny on Saturday, September 18. Watered the entire garden thoroughly. No harvest today, but should be ready for some more producing tomorrow.

Bill Dolle, OSU Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer, reporting week of September 23

Cardinal Flower is evidence that flowers are still blooming in the Sensory Garden.  The straw bale garden is also still producing, but the produce is not as pretty as earlier in the summer.  There are still green beans, green peppers (pictured), jalapeno peppers, one cucumber, several different herbs, and tomatoes.  Red tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes (all pictured), and 3 lbs. of cherry tomatoes (not including the split ones I ate).  Also spotted a Monarch Butterfly passing through on its way toward Mexico.

Susan Givler, OSU Extension, Master Gardener Volunteer, reporting week of October 2

The cherry tomatoes just don’t stop producing along with the beans and peppers.  One surprise this week was the discovery of carrots among the tomatoes- a nice companion vegetable. This is all happening in the straw bales, but I would like to put some focus on the container garden.

There were two potatoes popping their heads out in one container, after more digging 15 nice-sized potatoes were harvested -total weight was over 4 pounds.  With further investigation, the rosemary and lemon thyme was overwhelming their pots. Hopefully, these can winter over.  The sage also looks healthy. All vegetables were donated to Owensville Commons senior apartment complex.

Daffodils, irises, and rose of Sharon bushes were planted in the sensory garden near the 4-H hall. A watchful eye will be kept on the weather and the threat of frost as we will need to harvest all vegetables and break down the bales and prepare all gardens for winter. We will continue to gather flower seeds.

    

Clermont County September Food Preservation Workshop

Do you enjoy food preservation?

Your last opportunity to attend a Food Preservation workshop with Clermont County Family Consumer Science Educator, Margaret Jenkins, is September 15, 2021 at 10AM. The last Food Preservation workshop will be held on the Clermont County Fairgrounds in the 4-H hall kitchen and will cover several different Food Preservation techniques. A photo from last weeks Food Preservation Workshop is posted above. Don’t miss out on the opportunity for this last workshop of the 2021 Food Preservation Season! See the flyer below for registration details.

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Clermont County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden Update

It’s time for Clermont County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden weekly update. Last week brought high humidity with temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s all week. The pollinators in the gardens were busy. There were many varieties of butterflies spotted in the gardens as well. Lots of produce was harvested from the gardens last week. Last weeks produce was used for OSU canning classes and the rest is being donated to the Owensville Senior Center. The following is as list of produce and their weights harvested from the gardens last week and updated pictures of the gardens:

8/23/2021

Yellow tomatoes – 3 lbs. 7oz.

Red Tomatoes – 4 lbs.

Cherry Tomatoes – 1 lb. 8.9 oz.

Cucumbers – 8.6 oz.

String beans – 4.7 oz.

8/25/2021

1 little zucchini – 4.2 oz.

3 small cucumbers –  7.6 oz.

9 small Mangos – 1 lb. 14.4 oz.

15 Dark green peppers – 11.6 oz.

16 Banana peppers – 5.6 oz.

16 jalapeños – 9.4 oz.

Pepperoncini – 7.3 oz.

37 Tomatoes – 10.lbs 11.8 oz.

Cherry Tomatoes – 3lbs. 6.3 oz.

3 Pumpkins – 9.lbs 8.5 oz. (Pumpkin 1) 8.11 oz. (Pumpkin 2) 20 lbs. (Pumpkin 3)

8/27/2021

Tomatoes – 3lbs 6.4 oz.

Growing CSA’s Across the Tri-State Region

Join us for the first annual CSA Tri-State Conference! This two day event is hosted by Michigan State University, Ohio State University, and Purdue University and is sponsored by North Central SARE and Rupp Seed, Inc. This exciting event will cover a wide variety of topics and questions for CSA operators. Hear from industry leaders across the tri-state region as they provide beneficial information to new and existing CSA operations!

Date: October 24th and October 25th, 2021

Time: October 24th; 1:00 – 8:00 PM, 6:30 PM Dinner, October 25th; 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, 11:30 AM Lunch

Location: Sauder Village and Farm, 22611 State Route 2, Archbold, OH 43502

Cost: $75 Per person (Meals included)

Registration: go.osu.edu/csaconferenceregistration2021 

For more information, including registration details, please visit go.osu.edu/2021csaconference. Any questions can be directed to Christie Welch at welch.183@osu.edu or Anna Adams at adams.2061@osu.edu.

 

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Clermont County Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens Update

It’s time for a Clermont County Master Gardener Volunteer Demonstration Garden update! The Master Gardeners had this to say about the gardens, “All the gardens look very healthy.  There are pollinators everywhere! They love all the flowers and the blooms on the garlic chives. Vegetables continue to flourish.  There are still many green tomatoes and the peppers are accumulating.  Cucumbers and squash are scarce.  There are still green beans and several pumpkins.  Potatoes aren’t ready yet. The team has done an incredible job with watering, weeding, and harvesting and scouting for bugs.” Enjoy pictures from the Clermont County MGV Demonstration Gardens.

IR-4 Survey for Specialty Crop Growers

Attention Specialty Crop Growers!

IR-4 (https://www.ir4project.org/) is conducting their biannual Specialty Crop Growers & Extension survey to assess what disease, pest, and weed problems growers have a difficult time managing because they do not have sufficient management tools.

If you aren’t familiar with IR-4, we have included a link to their website above to learn more.

The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to September 1, 2021.

If you are a specialty crop grower or an Extension Educator working with growers, please take the time to complete the survey to provide your insight and experiences. You can find the link at: https://www.ir4project.org/ehc/ehc-registration-support-research/env-hort-grower-needs-2/

Tell us what makes you a Women in Agriculture!

Get your video on! Tell us why you are a woman in agriculture….educator, lawyer, business owner, farm owner or operator, veterinarian, pharmacist, researcher, community gardener, etc.

Hold your video device horizontal and tell/show us in 30 seconds or less your story. This will be used at Farm Science Review and other women in agriculture events throughout OSU Extension. Upload your MP4 video at this link https://go.osu.edu/womeninagvideo. Save the file as your first and last name and town. Ex. Gigi_Neal_Georgetown .

Video submissions are needed by September 3!

Pre-sale Farm Science Review Tickets Available Now!

SEPTEMBER 21, 22, & 23 2021

Tuesday and Wednesday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Presale tickets are available for $7 from your local OSU Extension Office now through September 20th and support your local Extension Office.  Children 5 and under are free.

Tickets at the gate are $10 each.

For more information about this years review, visit this link.

Free Pumpkin Production Field Day

Want to learn all about pumpkin production? Join us for a free Pumpkin Production Field Day learning event on August 26th from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Western Agricultural Research Station, 7721 S. Charleston Pike, in South Charleston. The field day will offer beginning and experienced growers valuable research updates regarding disease management, insect management, weed control, weather impacts on production, and new pumpkin and squash varieties.

This field day is geared towards beginning and experienced pumpkin growers.

Sessions will include:

  • how climate and weather impact Ohio vegetable crops.
  • weed management and Reflex herbicide trial results.
  • updates on the powdery mildew fungicide trial and germplasm hybrid trial.
  • general disease management.

Registration for the event is required by Aug. 24 at go.osu.edu/pumpkinday.

The field day will follow Ohio State COVID-19 guidelines for an outdoor meeting, including social distancing and masks for those who are unvaccinated. All are asked to bring a mask in the event the guidelines change. Sanitizing stations and limited touch points will be utilized.

For more information, contact Jasinski at jasinski.4@osu.edu or 937-772-6014.