How to Over Winter Vegetables Virtual Class Event in partnership with Franklinton Farms on Tuesday October 6th, 2020 @ 7pm.

There will be a free virtual class on How to Over Winter Using Season Extension and Low Tunnels held in partnership with Franklinton Farms on Tuesday October 6th, 2020 @ 7:00 pm.  This class is free but registration is required, see the link below, so bring your friends and your questions.

 

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 6, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYtdOCupj0rHtFT7YeKKU-HKELFsUDF5-aK

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

Can You Dig It! Fall Gardening Series Class #6: How to Over-Winter Spinach and Kale, Wednesday September 30th, 2020 @ Noon

The Can You Dig It! Fall Gardening Series that is a partnership with OSU Extension Franklin County and OSU University Libraries continues on Wednesday September 30th @ Noon to talk about planting over-wintered crops using season extension.  What could be better than harvesting your own fresh vegetables in February?  The class is free but registration is required (link below) so bring your friends and your questions.

CLICK HERE to REGISTER for the VIRTUAL CLASS

 

There is Still Time for Fall 2020 Planting

Fall is a great season for planting and harvesting fresh local produce.  I did a Fall Planting Virtual Class Webinar recently that has all the details.  Here is an update on where we are right this mintue and what you can still plant for a later harvest.  The one month shows an average chance for temperature or precipitation away from normal.

One month climate predictions for September

I also use the three month climate predictions when I do my planning.  It shows that we have a decent chance of some warmer weather deeper into fall.  That will be great for a longer harvest of both summer and fall season vegetables.

Three month climate predictions through November

So what can you still plant?  Lots of stuff,  especially if you can do some season extension.  Remeber seeds are cheap, vegetables cost money. 

Do you have a seed start station?  Then you can start transplants indoors to get them ready for fall planting later when you have space open up.  Want to learn more about seed starting?  Check out Growing Franklin for a Seed Starting Video or a Seed Starting Virtual Class Webinar.  (or both!).

I will be starting lettuce and bok choi every 2-3 weeks under the lights for transplants out in my community garden and container garden.

My fall growing is more in my container garden.  Container gardening really exploded in popularity this year as more people wanted to get into growing.  I love my container garden and it is my primary garden starting in fall as my community garden gets mowed on November 1st.

L to R: Bok Choi seedlings, last planting of basil, a dozen heads of Salanova lettuce that will be harvested in rotation to allow the rest to expand and last about 2-3 weeks of lettuce.

Want to get a container garden started for fall growing,  Check out No Garden, No Problem – Container Gardening Website Post as well as Container Gardening Virtual Class Webinar for all the details on getting your container garden up an going this fall.

While it is too late to start broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage from seed, contact your local nursery or greenhouse to see if they have some for sale. I started these cauliflower seedlings around August 1st and transplanted them next week for a fall harvest.

So what can you still plant outside?  There are lots of choices, especially if you can season extend with row cover. All these can go in direct seeded in your garden right now.

  • Lettuce
  • Radish
  • Turnips
  • Leaf brassicas like kale, collards, mustards and bok choi
  • Arugula
  • Green onions
  • Carrots
  • Beets

Row cover is a spun fabric that is permeable to air and water. It provides frost protection to allow a crop to grow longer in cool weather.

What about spinach?   Looking at the soil temps it is a little too warm this minute to plant spinach,  They like cool soil temps for good germination.  You can try a little bit for a later harvest but spinach is really cold tolerant.  I will wait until later.

Once we get closer to October 1st I will get planting on my Overwintered Spinach Under Row Covers.  Do not forget to continue to harvest and manage your current crops!  We have weeks of great growing weather ahead.

CLICK HERE to check out the NOAA Climate Prediction website.

 

2020 Urban Gardening Grant RFP is OPEN on August 28th

The RFP for the 2020 Urban Gardening grant opens on August 28th.  This grant is a partnership with the City of Columbus, Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and Franklin County to fund community gardening and urban agriculture.   To view the details, please visit the grant page at the Columbus Foundation

 

 

CLICK HERE for the link to the 2020 Urban Gardening Grant page.

Can You Dig It! Fall Gardening Series Class #5: Late Summer Walk in the Community Garden Virtual Class Event on Wednesday August 26th @ Noon

The Can You Dig It! virtual gardening series, a partnership between OSU Extension Franklin County and OSU University Libraries, continues with our 5th class of the year,  a virtual late summer garden walk to talk weather, harvest, fall planning, pests, weeds, disease and answer your questions about your own gardens.  This class is free, but registration is required so bring your friends and your questions.

Wallace Community Garden, original Victory Garden remnant.

 

CLICK HERE to register for the zoom link.  There is no cost for the class, but registration is required.  Hope to see you all in the garden!

Free Fall Vegetable Garden Seed Distribution on Sunday August 16th and Monday August 17th

There will be a free fall vegetable garden seed distribution at the Kunz Brundige Franklin County Extension building at the dates shown below at the listed times.

For questions contact Mike Hogan.1@osu.edu

Starting Fall Seeds Indoors

Ohio is a four season growing state.  Fall is a great season to grow in as the weather improves with the heat decreasing, rain comes back and there is still plenty of light outside for vegetable production.

The weather projection is looking decent for a warm fall, which means we may get a little extra time for growing down the line.  I use the NOAA weather prediction as a guide for my planting throughout the year.

Right now it is looking like a greater chance of a warm fall and an equal chance for normal precipitation.  That is making me plant a few more summer vegetables for fall harvest.  I can always throw row cover over it for an overnight frost.

Right now there is still time to plant lots of vegetables.  I will start the cucumber, yellow squash, and zucchini under the lights as my heavy clay impedes germination when it dries out.

I also started lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli raab, bok choi and a last little bit of basil.  The cool season crops will germinate and mature indoors then go out later in September when it cools down a bit.  I will do multiple plantings of lettuce indoors and at least one more of bok choi.

If you want to try your hand at seed starting I have lots of links on Growing Franklin to share.

Outdoors right now there is still time to plant summer cucurbits, beets, carrots, swiss chard, most brassica greens plus green beans in terms of summer crops.  I will hold off on outdoor cool season plantings of spinach, arugula, lettuce, turnips and radishes for now and wait until closer to Labor Day.

The goal is to have harvest all the way through Thanksgiving dinner and it is almost always possible.

Picture taken Mid-October. Notice due to delayed planting their are no cucumber beetles or stink bugs infesting the plants.

If you have some free space in your garden I recommend you take advantage of the time left for planting.  With a little planning and some frost protection you can extend your harvest deep into the fall and even into the Winter.

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.

 

Click on the link below to access the webinar using the provided password.

Topic: IPM Franklinton Farms
Start Time : Jul 29, 2020 06:43 PM

Meeting Recording:
https://osu.zoom.us/rec/share/4JZqbJbb2VhOYM_k7WvHdoIrR6fGT6a81yAervRenktq1ipEOsc6BAgKnf2j1xGu

Access Password: Zn*c9H*@

 

 

Fall Gardening Class Series in Partnership with The CFAES Alumni Society Board

Feel free to share!  bring your friends and your questions to these free lunch and learn gardening classes held in partnership with the OSU College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society Board.

 

 

Click to view the August 6th Virtual Class Event – Planting the Fall Garden

Click to register for the September 10th Virtual Class Event – End of Season Gardening

Here are the questions and answers for the September 10th class that were submitted prior — > End of Season Gardening Questions CFAES Class #2

Click to register for the October 8th Virtual Class Event – Winter Gardening

 

CLICK TO VIEW PRINT OR DOWNLOAD THE FLYER –> FAES Gardening Series Fall 2020