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
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 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:
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
There will be a garden walk at The Gardens of Gantz Farm. The event is free and open to the public, bring your friends and your questions.
Click HERE to print, view, and download the flyer –> Gantz Garden Walk 2019
Free and open to the public, bring your friends and your questions.
Click HERE to print, view or download the flyer –> 2019 CMNMG ISA Summer Garden Walk
It is hard to imagine with tomatoes barely starting to ripen that now is the time to start planning and planting for the 2019 fall garden harvest. The backyard grower, community gardener and urban farmer should plan one season ahead to make sure they maximize harvest in the future. Right now is the time to think about filling the spots in the garden that will open up after the spring and early summer plants are removed.
The goal is to make sure the garden is planted with no bare soil the entire year, including winter. That requires planning. First consider crop rotation. To do this you need to know your vegetable families.
Take this opportunity to make sure that you keep your ground planted at all times. There are a number of short term crops that could go into the garden right now that will allow harvest prior to the frost date:
Think about the spot that you will use for over-wintered spinach production using low tunnels and row cover.
Make sure to address fertility. Did your most recent harvest take out your nutrition? Address that prior to planting the fall garden.
Feel free to join us at a Garden Walk at Worthington Community Garden on Thursday July 25th to talk about the fall garden plus many more garden topics. Free and open to the public.
The event is free and open to the public, bring your friends and your questions.
Click Here to view, download or print flyer –> Worthington Community Garden Summer Garden Walk
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.