Now is the Time To Start Summer Transplants (plus a spring vegetable garden update)

Looking for a positive activity that benefits your health and wellness while you are maintaing social distancing?  It is time to start planting summer vegetables!

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I try to get my summer vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and tomatillos started in the Mid-March to April 1st time period.   I do not rush them into the ground as they like to go into warm soil so my target is about Memorial Day to plant.

I started peppers and eggplant first.  They grow slower initially and I do not have a ton of space under lights right now due to working from home.  The technique is demonstrated in the Seed Starting Video.

My kitchen counter is my new seed starting work area while working from home.

I will start seeds in 4″ and 2.5″ pots and then transplant them in to cell packs later.    They could be started in cells or smaller pots right off the bat, but I have limited space under lights at home.

This four inch pot is gridded with pepper seeds every 3/4th of an inch or so. I will thin as needed but hope to get about a dozen plants out of this small pot when I transplant them into cells.

CLICK HERE to see a Transplanting Video to demonstrate how I will seperate them into individual cells in the next couple of weeks once they germinate and get a little growth.

I lightly covered the planted pots with plastic wrap to maintain humidity since the cells were on a heat mat and that would rapidly dry them out.

I check every day although I do not expect germination any faster than about a week.  I will start my tomatoes and tomatillos in the next few days once I get some space under my lights by putting some more transplants out in my container garden.

Container Garden Update:  From Last Weeks Post on Planting Spring Seeds

I had wrapped up the container garden with double row cover after also adding a layer of bird netting.  I bird netting keeps out the squirrels who would eat all my produce instantaneously.  The row cover was for frost protection as we had some nights in the 20s this past weekend.

I was a little worried about the lettuce, it is cold tolerant but not tremendously hardy. It came through like a champ.

 

The spinach I was not worried about at all with temperatures in the 20’s. I harvested a bowl about 5 days ago and it looks like it is getting ready for another harvest.

I will replace harvested produce with more transplants that are under the lights right now.  That will free up space to start the tomatoes.

I start a small amount of lettuce for my home garden every two weeks or so in season so that I have a constant stream of lettuce instead of a large harvest all at once.

Hopefully my community garden will get plowed on time this season.  It will depend on the rainfall as wet clay soil cannot be worked without creating problems.  Then I can get more seeds as well as the transplants under the lights in the ground.

 

 

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

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP’s) Workshop on April 29th, 2020 at 7pm.

There will be a Good Agricultural Practices Workshop on Wednesday April 29th, 2020 at 7:00 pm here at the Extension office.  It is free and open to the public.

Click HERE to view, print or download the flyer –> GAP Workshop_4.29.20

EQIP Update for 2020 including March 20th Cut Off.

The Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) 2020 application cutoff date has been set for March 20, 2020.  If any  producer would like to apply for this year’s EQIP, they will have till March 20, 2020 to completed an application.  Applications after the cutoff date will be consider for next year 2021.

CLICK HERE for the EQIP Website for background and details.

CLICK HERE to download the fact sheet –> NRCS-EQIP_FarmBill2018_Factsheet

CLICK HERE to download the form –> NRCS Blank_EQIP_CCC1200

 

Your contact for EQIP in Franklin County is Eli.  All his information is here:

Spring and Summer 2020 Gardening Events @ The Charles Madison Nabrit Memorial Garden

The Seed Starting Class on Thursday March 12 has been cancelled following University policy regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Lots of great events coming up at The Charles Madison Nabrit Memorial Garden including a town hall with FARMER BROWN THA MCCheck out his video! Free and open to the public, bring your friends and your questions.

Click HERE to view, print or download the flyer –> 2020 CMNMG ISA Schedule

Gardening Classes with Franklinton Farms this Spring @ Columbus Library – Franklinton Branch

The seed starting class on Thursday March 19th has been cancelled following the University policy regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. 

 

There are two classes scheduled this spring in partnership with Franklinton Farms to support the Buckeye ISA project.  You do not have to be a participant in the project to attend, the classes are free and open to the public.  If you have children under 8 years old in your family and you like to garden however, there are some benefits of materials and education provided by the project.  Let me know if that is of interest.  Bring your friends and your questions and see you at the Franklinton Branch of Columbus Public Library.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the flyer –> Franklinton ISA Flyer 2020 Classes

Small Farm Conference on March 14th 2020

There is an upcoming Small Farm Conference and Trade Show in Mansfield on March 14th, 2020.  Click the pictures of the brochure to enlarge or scroll down the page to find a link for the PDF.

 

 

Click HERE to view, print or download the flyer –> Small Farm Conference Brochure 2020

 

New and Small Farm College in Licking County starting in January of 2020

Our colleagues in Licking County will host a New and Small Farm College in 2020.  There will be multiple topics discussed that may be beneficial to Franklin County producers.

Click Here to View, Print or Download the Flyer  ->  Licking Small Farm College