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.





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.

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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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When: Aug 4, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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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

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

Tomatoes 101 Virtual Class Webinar

This is a recording of the Tomatoes 101 class held on 6/4 in partnership with the Greater Columbus Growing Coalition.

Would your group, team, department or org like a virtual composting class, or any other  growing food production topic? Lots of topics available,  just send me an email.  We will find a time that works for your group and get together virtually. 



Other Great Tomato Topics from Growing Franklin:



Tomatoes 101 Virtual Class Event in Partnership with the Greater Columbus Growing Coalition on Thursday June 4th @ 7pm.

There will be a free virtual class event in partnership with the Greater Columbus Growing Coalition (GCGC) as part of their monthly meeting.  This class will satisy the requirements for class attendance if you wish to get your 2020 membership.   We will talk tomatoes so bring your friends and your questions!  Registration is required,  see the link below to register and get the class information.


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When: Jun 4, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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

This meeting satisfies the class attendance requirement for 2020 GCGC membership, click here to access the membership form   –> 2020 Virtual Membership Form






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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Can You Dig It 2020 Spring Gardening Series of Virtual Classes with OSU Thompson Library

There is a series of virtual class events held in partnership with OSU Extension Franklin County and OSU Thompson Library that are free and open to the public.  See registration information below.  Bring your friends and your questions about starting the 2020 garden season.

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Can You Dig It? Virtual Gardening Series

Time to Start Your Garden Class #1

Wednesday, April 22

Noon – 1 p.m.

Container Gardening Class #2

Wednesday, May 20th

Noon – 1 p.m.

Join OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Tim McDermott as he equips you with great tips for the upcoming growing season including gardening techniques, soil preparations, seed starting and more. Please register by filling out this short Qualtrics form. (This is for Class #2 on May 20th)

This virtual event is sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and University Libraries.

Be sure to also SAVE THE DATE for additional virtual gardening series sessions on May 20 and June 10!

Here are the questions sent in prior to the class answered and upload for access.  

CLASS NUMBER #1 – Spring Garden Planning:

CLICK HERE for the PDF of answers to view, download or print –> Virtual Gardening Q&A






April 2020 Growers Report – Central Ohio

Greetings!  I hope you are all staying healthy.  So a couple quick notes before we get into the April 2020 Grower’s Report.   You and your family are supported by me in your growing.  I assist backyard growers, community gardeners, urban farmers in all phases of production.  Send me an email with questions to  or call to 614-292-7916 and while I cannot come visit,  a picture is a welcome way to show me what the problem is or describe a situation.  Feel free to contact me at any time, I check email seven days a week.

Looking for a positive activity that benefits your health and wellness while you are maintaing social distancing?  Gardening is an outstanding family friendly activity with major health and wellness benefits including a source of fresh, local produce.

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Also, I have gone through the pages that are linked in the horizontal bar at the top of the website under my lettuce pic and they are all active LINKS AND INFORMATION FOR GROWERS.  Lots of great information there on fact sheets for fruits and veg, season extension, garden planning, etc.  Make sure to take a look up there for lots of information,  all is free and available to the public.

First update is the weather:

While we are still seeing predictions for warm and wet going forward in the three month,  this week has some temperatures in the 30’s overnight.  Depending on your microclimate you may want to cover any seedlings or transplants in the ground.

Row cover is a spun bonded fabric used to provide frost protection but still let air, sunlight and water move through the fabric. It comes in multiple weights with heavier weight fabric providing the most frost protection but letting in the least amount of sunlight.

If you do not have row cover you can cover your seedlings and transplants with a sheet or a tarp.  Just make sure that you prop the cover up off the plants so it does not touch the leaves and then remove it the next morning to allow sun to get to the plants.

CLICK HERE for NWS/NOAA Weather prediction center.   Cool nights until this weekend upcoming.

Second update is the container garden:

My plants are probably OK due to the microclimate in the container garden in terms of extra frost protection.

They are in black pots, next to the house on my driveway.  All of those contribute heat to the area.  I will still likely cover them just to be sure.

The lettuce enjoyed the rain we had over the weekend followed by some great sun.

I need to make sure that with the heavy rain we get that I address the fertility needs of my plantings.  I am working on a container garden post to have ready soon.

Third update is the seed start station:

I have decent germination from my peppers and eggplant and have moved all the lettuce plus the broccoli raab outside into containers after a few days of hardening off the plants to acclimate to the weather.  While checking on my seedlings I noticed this predator on my swiss chard.

A brown marmorated stink bug found its way to my seedlings. No doubt happy to stay inside and still have a meal. It was removed.

Never to early to start your Integrated Pest Management and scouting for parasites and predators.

Next up will be to start more lettuce transplants.  I will use the Seed Start station to put another dozen seeds into soilless mix for transplanting in 3 weeks or so.

Tomatoes will get stared in the next couple days under the lights.

Have you started planting yet?  Feel free to reach out with questions and I can help you get started.