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.
The backyard grower, community gardener and urban farmer can keep the harvest going year round through a combination of indoor and outdoor plantings. Bring your friends and your questions to this free class in partnership with Grandview Heights Public Library.
Ohio is a four season growing environment. Come to this free class to learn how the backyard grower, community gardener and urban farmer can keep the harvest going as well as build on soil health over winter.
The backyard grower, community gardener and urban farmer in Ohio can harvest all year long in our four season growing environment. Learn what to plant now for a fall harvest at this class at the Bronzeville Growers Market. The market is open for fresh produce sales from 3-6 with a class at 4 pm. The class will be outdoors at the market and participants are encouraged to bring chairs if needed. Bring your friends and your questions to this free class.
There will be two classes held in partnership with City of Bexley Community Gardens to assist the backyard grower, community gardener and urban farmer.
Bring your friends and your questions to these informational garden walks to discuss how to improve soil health in your plot as well as talk strategies to combat the weeds that can drive you crazy.
The city tilled the garden in late March, some of the cover crops persisted and will continue to grow without further tillage or herbicide application.
The majority of my plot will be used for summer vegetables. I do not want to leave the ground bare until that point as the cover crops will continue to grow in spaces and weeds will fill in the rest. I would also lose organic matter and fertility from spring rains.
I rototilled over half of the plot to create a seed bed about 10 days after initial tillage. This will kill most of the remaining over-wintered cover crops and created a seed bed for planting.
I followed up with a planting of Buckwheat. Buckwheat is a versatile cover crop that tolerates poor soils, rapidly germinates, weed suppresses, attracts pollinators and when mowed, will rapidly break down prior to the next planted crop.
I will let the Buckwheat grow until mid-May. Then I will mow the space which will kill both the cover crop and any annual weed that germinates within the Buckwheat planting. It will also weaken any perennial weed that is growing. I will let the residue decompose for a few days and then till and apply plasti-culture mulch in the pathways prior to summer vegetable planting.