2020 Year in Gardening Review and Getting Ready for 2021!

#2020 was quite the year.  One positive was the number of backyard growers, community gardeners, teacher educators and urban farmers that either wanted to learn how to start growing or to increase their production of fresh, healthy produce.  Growing Franklin was there every step of the way with a year long string of content.  I am creating this post to assist any new growers as well as the seasoned grower progress through a years worth of content, starting this spring through summer, fall and even winter.

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It is time to get started growing again!

 

SPRING

 

First things first – Time to take a look at our upcoming weather prediction:

There is a greater percentage of warmer than normal and wetter than normal through April. Make sure to take advantage of that. If you can start some cool weather seedlings and protect them with season extension you can get an early harvest of lettuce, spinach, radishes, kale, carrots and bok choi.

 

The next step is to start planning that spring garden.  Here is a virtual class event to help get you started.

 

When people started to social distance at home it was not just vegetables that they wanted to learn how to grow.  Backyard poultry keeping saw a similar jump in popularity.  Here is a virtual class recording to help get you started in poultry keeping.

 

One of the most powerful tools in your toolbox is starting your own seeds.  This allows you to grow whatever you want to grow, whenever you want to grow it.  The whole seed catalog is available to you.  I will be starting seeds any time now for spring transplanting.  Want to learn how to start your own seeds?  Below is a whole recorded webinar if you want to go in depth, as well as a short snappy video that introduces the topic.

Recorded webinar class:

Quick introduction video:

 

What if you do not have a spot to garden?  Try growing in a container!  Container gardening lets you grow just about anywhere and is a great way to get a harvest from a small space.

 

Once you got some seeds started, depending on how you started them,  you may need to pot those up into larger pots to get ready for transplanting.  This short video will give you an introduction on how to pot up transplants prior to planting.

 

Kale is a tasty and healthy spring vegetable.  Join me and my OSU Extension Franklin County colleague Jenny Lobb to learn how to make nutritious and delicious kale chips.

 

SUMMER

Now let’s talk some summer planting.  We are big into spring harvest but we need to start thinking about some hot weather crops and how to get ready for them. 

Starting a Summer Garden from Ohio State on Vimeo.

 

I am a huge fan of summer squash and zucchini.  Here is a quick 2 minute video made in collaboration with my OSU Extension colleague Jenny Lobb on How to Grill Summer Squash

 

 

Tomatoes are the taste of summer.  They are also one of the crops that generate the most questions sent to me.  I have lots of content to share on how to get your best tomato year.  First up is a virtual class recording on Tomatoes 101:

 

Here are three great articles with pics on some of the most common tomato weather questions:

Planting Tomatoes When the Soil is Too Cold

Keeping Tomatoes Healthy in Wet Weather

Keeping Tomatoes Healthy in Hot Weather

 

Let’s take a look at a summer garden in full harvest and talk about summer growing.  Here is a tour of my plot at Wallace Community Garden, an actual Victory Garden remnant from the 1940’s

 

 

Summer gardening usually means pests, weeds and disease.  They can devastate your garden and drive you crazy.  Let’s talk about managing pests in the garden:

 

If you are still hungry after the summer squash video then join me and my OSU Extension colleague Jenny Lobb on How to Grill Sweet Corn

 

 

FALL

 

While it is still summer,  we need to start thinking about our Fall Garden.  Each seasons gardening plans are made one season (at least) prior.  So let’s start thinking about our fall garden and what we want to think about planting:

 

Once you get some transplants for fall, and have your seeds ready to go, it is time to plant the fall garden.  Fall garden planting will allow a harvest right through Thanksgiving with some sound timing, the right varieties,  and some season extension.

 

Organic matter is the foundation for great soil health.  Fall is the ideal time to get a compost pile started to provide a stream of organic matter to use to get your best harvest.  Here is a Composting virtual class event to get you started as a composter.

 

Fall is also a great time to get some end of season chores done plus get a jump start on next years growing.  So when we say End of Season we are talking about the main season but as we will see below, we use all the seasons.

 

 

WINTER

 

Ohio is a four season growing environment.  Picking the right varieties,  timing your plantings and using some season extension will allow a harvest all 12 months of the year.  Let’s talk growing over winter.

 

 

Believe me,  you can eat fresh, healthy produce that you grew yourself all 12 months of the year.  Here is an update of a January over-wintered planting.

 

I hope you enjoyed a trip through #2020 growing virtually.  Feel free to share.  I will be hosting more classes this year to support growers so I recommend subscribing.  Feel free to send any questions my way to Tim McDermott.15@osu.edu or if you are not a Franklin County resident, find the contact for your Extension educator at Extension.osu.edu

Summer Garden Walk Virtual Event with Worthington Community Garden On Tuesday August 4th at 6:30pm

There will be a summer garden walk held in partnership with Worthington Community Garden.  We will talk what is happening in our gardens in central Ohio in terms of pests, harvest, what to plant now and what is happening with this weather.   This is a free and open to the public class so bring your friends and your questions!

This is Wallace Garden where I garden. I plan to get some pics and vids of Worthington prior to the event.

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Spring Garden Walk Virtual Event with Charles Madison Nabrit Memorial Garden on Thursday May 14th, 2020 at 6:00 pm.

A garden walk is a great way to learn about what is growing now, what you can plant soon and get your questions answered to make your garden thrive.  Join us for a Virtual Spring Garden Walk in partnership with Charles Madison Nabrit Memorial Garden.

 

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Would You Like a Virtual Gardening Class?

There has been a resurgence of people who wish to raise their own food for personal and family food security, both with produce and with poultry.  Growing your own food is a healthy activity that maintains social distance and provides for personal and family food security.

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Does your department, organization or group want to learn more about growing your own fresh, local, healthy produce?  I am happy to work with you on a class.

Some formats include lunch and learn,  specific topic, or just a Q and A session to address seasonal concerns or questions.

Topics include:

  • Garden Planning – great for new gardeners or a refresher. 
  • Weeds, Pest and Disease
  • Seed Starting
  • Container Gardening
  • Seasonal Question and Answer
  • Backyard Poultry Production
  • Any other topic you want to learn!

You organize your group and we find a time to meet online.

Email me at mcdermott.15@osu.edu to get started.

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

Keep the Garden and the Harvest Alive Over Winter – Free Class on the South Side on Thursday October 3rd, 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