2021 Virtual High Tunnel and Season Extension School

There will be a Virtual High Tunnel and Season Extension School class series starting January 12th that is free and open to the public.  Registration link is below.  This is applicable for beginner through experienced users.

CLICK HERE to Register for classes.  Sessions are free and you can attend as many as you wish.




Growing Over Winter Virtual Class Recording

Growing Over Winter is a great way to utilize all four seasons for food production in Ohio.  Making the right choice for cold tolerant plantings as well as the use of season extension will allow the backyard grower, community gardener, teacher educator and urban farmer to harvest all 12 months of the year.

Spinach under cover in January, ready to harvest..

Below is a webinar recorded on 10/6 that discusses the various ways to extend your harvest through the cold months.  Click the link at the bottom of the post for webinar access.

Do not want to watch a whole webinar? NO PROBLEM!  Click here for an informative Growing Franklin post on How to Over Winter Spinach using Low Tunnels that has all the same short videos included.


Can You Dig It! Fall Gardening Series Class #6: How to Over-Winter Spinach and Kale, Wednesday September 30th, 2020 @ Noon

The Can You Dig It! Fall Gardening Series that is a partnership with OSU Extension Franklin County and OSU University Libraries continues on Wednesday September 30th @ Noon to talk about planting over-wintered crops using season extension.  What could be better than harvesting your own fresh vegetables in February?  The class is free but registration is required (link below) so bring your friends and your questions.



There is Still Time for Fall 2020 Planting

Fall is a great season for planting and harvesting fresh local produce.  I did a Fall Planting Virtual Class Webinar recently that has all the details.  Here is an update on where we are right this mintue and what you can still plant for a later harvest.  The one month shows an average chance for temperature or precipitation away from normal.

One month climate predictions for September

I also use the three month climate predictions when I do my planning.  It shows that we have a decent chance of some warmer weather deeper into fall.  That will be great for a longer harvest of both summer and fall season vegetables.

Three month climate predictions through November

So what can you still plant?  Lots of stuff,  especially if you can do some season extension.  Remeber seeds are cheap, vegetables cost money. 

Do you have a seed start station?  Then you can start transplants indoors to get them ready for fall planting later when you have space open up.  Want to learn more about seed starting?  Check out Growing Franklin for a Seed Starting Video or a Seed Starting Virtual Class Webinar.  (or both!).

I will be starting lettuce and bok choi every 2-3 weeks under the lights for transplants out in my community garden and container garden.

My fall growing is more in my container garden.  Container gardening really exploded in popularity this year as more people wanted to get into growing.  I love my container garden and it is my primary garden starting in fall as my community garden gets mowed on November 1st.

L to R: Bok Choi seedlings, last planting of basil, a dozen heads of Salanova lettuce that will be harvested in rotation to allow the rest to expand and last about 2-3 weeks of lettuce.

Want to get a container garden started for fall growing,  Check out No Garden, No Problem – Container Gardening Website Post as well as Container Gardening Virtual Class Webinar for all the details on getting your container garden up an going this fall.

While it is too late to start broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage from seed, contact your local nursery or greenhouse to see if they have some for sale. I started these cauliflower seedlings around August 1st and transplanted them next week for a fall harvest.

So what can you still plant outside?  There are lots of choices, especially if you can season extend with row cover. All these can go in direct seeded in your garden right now.

  • Lettuce
  • Radish
  • Turnips
  • Leaf brassicas like kale, collards, mustards and bok choi
  • Arugula
  • Green onions
  • Carrots
  • Beets

Row cover is a spun fabric that is permeable to air and water. It provides frost protection to allow a crop to grow longer in cool weather.

What about spinach?   Looking at the soil temps it is a little too warm this minute to plant spinach,  They like cool soil temps for good germination.  You can try a little bit for a later harvest but spinach is really cold tolerant.  I will wait until later.

Once we get closer to October 1st I will get planting on my Overwintered Spinach Under Row Covers.  Do not forget to continue to harvest and manage your current crops!  We have weeks of great growing weather ahead.

CLICK HERE to check out the NOAA Climate Prediction website.


What to Plant NOW for Your Fall Garden Webinar Recording

This virtual class event was held in partnership with the Growing and Growth Collective on 8/27.  We still have lots of time to grow food and fall is a dynamite season for growing.  The bugs start to leave,  the heat improves and the rain comes back.  Click on the link to learn what you can plant NOW for fall.




Some other supportive webinars and links referenced in the Fall Garden Class to support your fall growing. 

Seed Starting Webinar

Seed Starting Video

Container Gardening Webinar

No Garden? No Problem! Container Gardening Informative Post


2020 Urban Gardening Grant RFP is OPEN on August 28th

The RFP for the 2020 Urban Gardening grant opens on August 28th.  This grant is a partnership with the City of Columbus, Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and Franklin County to fund community gardening and urban agriculture.   To view the details, please visit the grant page at the Columbus Foundation



CLICK HERE for the link to the 2020 Urban Gardening Grant page.

Virtual Summer Garden Walk at Family Farms on Tuesday August 25th @ 6:30pm

There will be a virtual summer garden walk class event held in partnership with the south side urban farm Family Farms.  This event is free, but does require registration.  Bring your friends and your questions as we virtually visit Family Farms on Tuesday August 25th @ 6:30 pm.

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Aug 25, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


See you at the (virtual) farm!

Pests in the Garden Webinar Recording

This is the webinar recording for the Pests in the Garden presentation held on July 29th in partnership with Franklinton Farms for those who wish to re-watch the virtual class or were unable to attend.  Feel free to share.  We discussed Integrated Pest Management techiques to deal with the insects, disease and weeds affecting garden production.