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.

CLICK HERE to REGISTER for the VIRTUAL CLASS

 

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.

CLICK HERE to VIEW the WEBINAR RECORDING

 

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:
https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkfuigrzIiEtT6s4l2503xHuWn2gNjo0DU

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.

 

Click on the link below to access the webinar using the provided password.

Topic: IPM Franklinton Farms
Start Time : Jul 29, 2020 06:43 PM

Meeting Recording:
https://osu.zoom.us/rec/share/4JZqbJbb2VhOYM_k7WvHdoIrR6fGT6a81yAervRenktq1ipEOsc6BAgKnf2j1xGu

Access Password: Zn*c9H*@

 

 

Pests, Weeds and Disease! Integrated Pest Management Virtual Class Event in partnership with Franklinton Farms on Wednesday July 29th @ 7:00pm

How is your garden growing?  Pests can have an impact on the harvest.  We will be talking good vs. bad bugs,  disease management and more in this free virtual class event held in partnership with Franklinton Farms on Wednesday July 29th @ 7pm.  Registration is required for this free class so click the link below and bring your friends and your questions.

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jul 29, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0scO-vpj4oGNMTua36zOqJ5Ky_ebZZ09Du

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

Bonus Preservation Virtual Class on Friday July 31st at 2pm.

My colleague Jenny Lobb is hosting a bonus class on Preservation of Herbs to continue her popular Virtual Preservation Series.  The class will include using, drying, freezing and storage of fresh herbs.  It will be held on Friday July 31st at 2pm.  The virtual event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

CLICK HERE for the Registration link to the class.

For questions contact Jenny Lobb.3@osu.edu

2020 Master Urban Farmer Workshop Series

Registration is now open for the 2020 Ohio Master Urban Farmer Workshop Series.  For all questions contact Mike Hogan at Hogan.1@osu.edu

Click HERE to view, download or print the flyer –> 2020 MUF_Brochure