Is Roundup Really Roundup?!?

Roundup for Lawns will not kill turfgrass

Last year a new product called “Roundup For Lawns” was introduced to the marketplace. Your first response might be something like ‘so what?’ And, it’s a logical question . . . until you look closer at the label of “Roundup For Lawns” and realize that it doesn’t contain ANY of the active ingredient that’s in Roundup, that being glyphosate. Since it’s named similarly, and packaged similarly, it offers lots of opportunity for confusion, misuse, and the death of plants that may not have been intended to be killed.

Here’s the problem. “Roundup For Lawns” is just that, a new 4-way broadleaf and grassy herbicide combination that does not kill desirable lawn and turf grasses.The herbicide active ingredients in “Roundup For Lawns” are MCPA, quinclorac, dicamba and sulfentrazone. These herbicides have been around for a while and collectively are effective on a broad range of weeds that might infest a lawn or landscape such as dandelion, crabgrass and nutsedge. “Roundup For Lawns” is a selective herbicide that controls specific weeds, but not lawn grasses.

On the other hand, “Roundup” has an active ingredient of glyphosate and is not selective. It will kill all plants with Continue reading

Local Foods Farm Tour Series Continues at Nightcrawler Gardens

You’re invited to enjoy the second stop on the Local Foods Farm Tour Series this Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Nightcrawler Gardens.

Nightcrawler Gardens is a family owned and operated business celebrating their 15th year. The name is also a tribute to the earthworm, a true friend to farmers and gardeners, and a sure sign of soil health.

Jason and Sheri started the business with only field grown sunflowers and today NightCrawler Gardens has grown to specialize in Continue reading

Hydrangea School in Mt. Gilead, and You’re Invited

OSU Extension in Morrow County will be hosting a Hydrangea School on June 19th at their offices in Mt. Gilead from 2 until 4 p.m. A $30 per person registration fee includes the program and handouts along with a plant to take home. Find a flyer that includes more detail and a registration form linked here.

Ohio Fruit News, May Issue is Posted

The May, 2018 issue of the Ohio Fruit News has been posted on-line and can be found linked here in PDF format.

In this edition there are articles on the happenings in fruit research at OARDC, an update on Stink Bug control, a new apple disease on apples in New York, information on using NEWA in your farms, and an update on the expectant Spotted Wing Drosophila in Ohio.

Check in at the OSU Fruit Pathology website regularly for updates on fruit growing concerns in Ohio, and don’t hesitate to contact any of the authors of the newsletter with questions.

What Vegetables to Plant, When, and How Many

Ever grow too many of the vegetables that your family doesn’t really care that much for? Or, not enough of those garden crop they do enjoy?

If you’re struggling to decide exactly what, when and how many vegetable crops to plant in your garden, this 10 minute video along with this excerpt from the retired yet still relevant OSU Extension Bulletin 287 will offer valuable considerations for making those timely decisions.

Starting a New Garden

Are you thinking of breaking new ground in order to start your garden in a different spot? If so, this 13 minute presentation offers valuable tips on not only “breaking” the new spot, but also assessing and amending the soil fertility, along with a variety of other considerations.

Is it time to plant vegetables? Ask your soil thermometer

A soil thermometer can be a gardener’s best friend especially this spring!

With a thermometer, no guess work is needed. Soil temperature is the best indicator of when to plant each type of vegetable, no matter what climate zone you live in.

Crops that germinate in the coolest soils (down to 40 degrees F) include arugula, fava beans, kale, lettuce, pak choi, parsnips, peas, radicchio, radishes and spinach seed. When the soil temperature reaches above 50 degrees, Chinese cabbage, leeks, onions, Swiss chard, and turnips can join them in the garden.

At 60 degrees you can sow Continue reading

Resist the Urge To Work Wet Soil

– Rosie Lerner, Purdue University, Dept of Horticulture

Many gardeners might have gotten that itch to get out the tiller, work up their garden soil and maybe even put some potatoes in the ground! But many areas are still soggy from excessive weekend rains, making soils too wet to work.

It really is best for your garden’s long-term health to resist the urge to work the soil when it is still wet. Whether you use a tiller, plow or just a garden spade, working wet soil can Continue reading

Tree Talk: Making the Perfect Tree Planting

Thinking about planting a tree in 2019 . . . believe it or not, NOW is the time to begin making plans for it! This video is a “must see” regardless if you’re planting trees yet this spring, or planning for the future.