How to Grow Your Best Tomatoes This Season

Tomatoes are a taste of summer that we all look forward to.  We have had  a challenging year so far for sure.  A cooler wet spring has given way to some serious heat going forward.  Here is some great information on how the backyard grower, community gardener, or urban farmer can get a healthy tomato crop this season.

First up is a webinar class that details best ways on tomato production: Check out Tomatoes 101

 

 

Tomatoes face multiple weather and temperature challenges.  We just came through some serious 3 inch rain events.  That can cause disease for our tomato friends,  check out this informative article with pics to help you Keep Your Tomatoes Healthy in Wet Weather.

This summer is predicted to be HOT!  While tomatoes are a summer crop,  excessive heat can decrease production.  Check out this article to learn How to Keep Your Tomatoes Healthy in Hot Weather.

 

No Garden, No Space? No Problem! Try Gardening in Containers.

Container gardening is one of my most popular classes.  You need only a little bit of sunny space to fit in a container and you can grow a surprising amount of veggies in a large one.  Check out this video class on container gardening that discusses the four things you need to know to grow container veggies. (and herbs, and flowers, and fruit!)

  1. The container
  2. The soil
  3. How to water
  4. How to fertilize

Garden Walk on the South Side with Garden Space Available @ Mari Sunami Community Garden on Wednesday April 20th, May 18th, and June 22nd @ 6pm

Our first garden walk of the year is tomorrow, Wednesday April 20th @ Mari Sunami Community Garden (see below) at 6pm.  We will talk planting, bugs, and our 2022 spring outlook.  Bring your friends and your questions!  Also,  there is potential space available if you are in need of a garden plot!   Contact Jess at the phone and email below if you are interested.

 

Here is a close up of the map to get you to the location

 

 

SAVE THE DATES!  We will be doing garden walks at Mari Sunami on May 18th and June 22nd as well!

Good Agricultural Practices Workshop on Saturday April 2nd, 2022 @ 2:00pm

There is a Good Agricultural Practices workshop coming up soon,  see details below.

For questions contact Mike Hogan at  hogan.1@osu.edu

Click here to view, print, or download the flyer –> 2022 GAPs Workshop Flyer

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop on Thursday March 24th, 2022 @ 6:30 pm

There will be a fruit tree grafting workshop on Thursday March 24th, 2022 @ 6:30 pm.  See details below.  Cost is $40 and registration is required.

To view, print, or download the flyer click here —-> Fruit Tree Grafting

To register click THIS LINK.

For any questions contact Mike Hogan @ hogan.1@osu.edu

Spring Gardening Tips Class at Grandview Heights Public Library on March 8th, 2022 @ 7pm.

You are invited to attend a Spring Gardening Tips Class @ The Grandview Heights Public Library on Tuesday March 8th @ 7pm.  The class is free and open to the public so bring your friends and your questions.  This in-person class will include socially distance seating and will require masks to attend.  Hope to see you there.

CLICK on THIS LINK to read more.

2022 Spring Garden Planning

It is getting to the time to get ready to plant the spring garden!   Here is a webinar class to talk about what to do now and how to get started to make your 2022 Spring garden a bountiful harvest.

Have any questions about how to start your spring garden?  Send them my way to mcdermott.15@osu.edu

Biosecurity for Backyard Poultry

Biosecurity is one of the most important tools in the toolbox of the poultry producer.  Learn some tips about keeping your flock safe in this short video collaboration with The Ohio Poultry Association.

It is also up on OSU Extension Facebook and Twitter.  Feel free to share with your audiences.

2022 Small Farm Conference and Trade Show on Saturday March 12th in Mansfield, Ohio

Here is the flyer with details on classes, location, and registration information for the upcoming Small Farm Conference and Tradeshow.  This is a great opportunity for the beginner to seasoned farmer to get information on a large number of topics in a one day timeframe.

CLICK HERE for a printable flyer —> Small Farm Conference Brochure 2022 (1)

For more information contact Carri Jagger @ jagger.6@osu.edu or Sabrina Schirtzinger at schirtzinger.55@osu.edu

 

October 2021 FAST Update in the Community Garden

October is a fine time to be in the garden.  Less bugs,  less heat, but still some good sunshine, rain, and decent planting windows.  Make sure to keep your garden planted either in fresh veggies or by starting your over-wintered cover crop.