Registration is now open for the 2020 Ohio Master Urban Farmer Workshop Series. For all questions contact Mike Hogan at Hogan.email@example.com
Click HERE to view, download or print the flyer –> 2020 MUF_Brochure
There is a free class upcoming at Franklinton Farms. Bring your friends and your questions.
Click here to view, download or print the flyer –> FF Fall Soil Health 2019
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.
Click here to view, download, or print the flyer –> Year Round Gardening GView Lib 2019
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.
To view, download or print the flyer click here –> Over Wintered Planting at 1200
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.
Click HERE to view, download or print the flyer –> Bronzeville Fall Garden 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.
Classes are free and open to the public.
Cover Crops are a valuable tool in the toolbox of the backyard grower, community gardener and urban farmer. I planted a mix of cover crop species last fall in my community garden plot to keep the soil alive over the winter, prevent erosion and increase soil organic matter.
This species mix, especially the winter rye component, can be challenging to manage in the spring depending on when the soil is worked. The winter rye will die from mowing or crimping when it is going to seed and nearing maturity, but when tilled young, some of the grass will continue to grow.
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.
While these classes are to support the South Side community of The Buckeye ISA, they are free and open to the public so bring your friends and your questions. Families with children that want to grow their own food may be eligible to enroll in the Buckeye ISA and get materials and educational support.
Click HERE to print the flyer –> 2019 Spring Gardening SS ISA
The next week has a period of intense cold coming to central Ohio. Grower’s who planted spinach under low tunnels using row cover should make sure that they have a second layer of frost blanket covering the planting and that the row cover is weighted securely against wind shear.
While there is a good chance that a full harvest amount of spinach is present, we have not had a warm enough day to break the micro-climate to check. Be patient, there is usually a chance for a significant harvest in February.
The period of warm and wet weather we had earlier in winter provided a chance to get good growth on winter cover crops. If you were unable to get cover crops planted this year, as you make your 2019 planting plan, try to add cover crops into your rotation to keep a living cover on your ground. It adds organic matter, prevents soil erosion and builds fertility.
The winter rye mix will require intensive management in the spring.
Right now is a good time to start seeds if you have a seed start station. You can start the following:
Central Ohio Weather Update
The three month forecast for temperature and precipitation is calling for colder and dryer than normal weather. There is a 65% of an El Nino weather phenomenon to form in spring. That will certainly affect backyard growers, community gardeners, and urban farmers in Central Ohio.
Keep an eye on Growing Franklin for further updates as we progress through the growing season.