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:
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.
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)
Tomatoes – 3lbs 6.4 oz.
It’s time for the weekly update on the Clermont County Master Gardener Straw Bale Demonstration Garden and other MGV gardens, located on the Clermont County Fairgrounds. Master Gardener Volunteer Deb Garner had this to say about our gardens:
“Last week the straw bale temperatures held in the 80’s which permitted great growth.
The tomatoes are beginning to look very good with the beginnings of fruit sets. The Jet Star tomatoes seem to be doing the best. It is evident that the bales are composting well as some of the bales are now leaning with the weight of the tomatoes. A few additional stakes were added and some pruning helped.
The pumpkins are growing rapidly and the plants look very robust.
Peppers are doing exceptionally well. A few holes in the leaves were spotted but, no pests were seen. Many of the pepper varieties have the beginnings of fruit and the some of the Early Jalapenos are ready to harvest.
More radish seeds will be planted in the garden; as the present radishes are ready to pull.
The demonstration garden bed edges containing marigolds and nasturtiums are stunning. The Moonflower and Scarlet Runner Bean on the entrance trellis are climbing away! The amazing growth of these flowers have attracted many pollinators; as you can see in the photo depicted below of a bee on the Borage plant.
Other gardens located on the fairgrounds are coming along too. The container garden is very lush with tomatoes setting fruit and the cucumbers are climbing the trellis. Monarch butterflies have been spotted at the container garden.
The sensory garden has required a bit more work. Plants are in the ground in rather compacted soil; they are having some trouble becoming established. The sensory garden is truly a work in progress and many replants have taken place. Gardening is always a learning experience.
The weekend did bring rain and is sure to burst growth in the gardens. See you next week for another update.”
The MGV’s have been working hard in the demonstration gardens located here on the Clermont County Fairgrounds. They are continuing to upkeep the straw bale garden and have planted their sensory demonstration garden located in front of the 4-H hall. Every year the MGV’s choose a theme for their sensory garden; this years theme is “Plants with Animal Names”. The MGV’s week consisted of their daily tasks of watering, pruning, and checking plant health. During their week of checking plant health they noticed unidentifiable flying bugs on some bales in the straw bale garden and noticed some leaves had dark spots or darker colored leaves. The MGV’s were able to identify issues such as: fertilizer burn, underwatering, too much time between watering, and possible temperature highs for young seedlings. While observing these things, the MGV’s were able to determine that shade cloth for the garden may be beneficial. The Master Gardener Volunteers also installed “No Zone” stations to repel deer, rabbits, squirrels, and bats. A watering guide and journal were also added to improve record keeping and to ensure the proper water amounts are given daily. With the help of Clermont County Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Gigi Neal, the gardens also received a fresh weed cutting around the garden areas. The Master Gardener Volunteers also received a generous donation of Impatients, that were planted in the garden; from Grant’s Farm located in Williamsburg, Ohio. Pictured below are photos from the demonstration gardens.