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:
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:
- Green Beans – can be planted every two weeks for the next month. Choose rapid bush type varieties.
Beans were planted August 1st. Row cover may be needed overnight for frost protection. Uncover when temperatures warm to facilitate pollination.
- Peas – Sugar Snaps are 70 days until maturity. Germination can be tricky with hot, baked clay soils.
- Summer Squash/Zucchini – plant now or wait until closer to the end of the month in order to miss cucumber beetles for a fall harvest.
Picture taken Mid-October. Notice due to delayed planting their are no cucumber beetles or stink bugs infesting the plants. Planting date was August 1st
- Swiss Chard – plant now for a fall harvest
- Green Onions – plant now for a fall harvest
- Tomato/Pepper – transplants of short season varieties(if you can still find them locally) are possible right now in case the grower has lost plants due to pest damage. Rotate to another spot in the garden.
- Lettuce – can be planted from seed or transplant. May need shade cloth to protect from heat. Start transplants indoor every two weeks for the next three months for a fall and early winter harvest.
- Brassicas – start indoor transplants of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Asian greens now to transplant outdoors in late August.
Start many types of greens indoors now and repeat every two weeks. . Can be transplanted outside later in the season when the weather cools down.
- Radish – wait until later in the season to direct seed.
- Beets – can direct seed in the garden now for fall harvest.
- Carrots – can direct seed in the garden now for fall harvest.
- Herbs – start more basil now from seed outdoors for a late summer harvest to pair with fresh tomatoes.
- Cover Crops – keep your garden planted. Summer cover crops like buckwheat can be planted now, plan on your over wintered space.
Buckwheat is an excellent summer cover crop for developing soil health, suppressing weeds and providing for pollinators.
Think about the spot that you will use for over-wintered spinach production using low tunnels and row cover.
Winter is Coming.
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.
Winter rye, forage radish, hairy vetch and crimson clover blend
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 city tilled the garden in late March, some of the cover crops persisted and will continue to grow without further tillage or herbicide application.
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.
A garden walk is an informational question and answer session to discuss seasonality, pests, weeds, diseases, soil health and more. Bring your friends and your questions to this free event.