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.
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!)
Radishes are a healthy spring favorite vegetable that come in an array of shapes, sizes, and colors. Check out this fun and engaging 2 minute long video showing planting, harvesting, and preparing radishes into a spicy quick fridge pickle that takes advantage of this season’s harvest.
While it has been a cool and wet April so far, that has not been a problem if you Overwintered Spinach that you planted last fall, or you were able to get some seeds into the ground earlier in March. Right now spinach is in harvest and if you are looking for a tasty and healthy salad idea, check out this video that Jenny and I did last spring showing how to grow, harvest, and prepare a healthy spinach and strawberry salad.
We also have a version translated into Spanish!
It is not too late to plant spinach right now but time is getting short. Get some seeds in the ground soon before the weather gets too hot.
We are heavy into Seed Starting season for both spring and summer veggies. It is not too late to get tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant started for late May/early June transplanting as well as get some more lettuce, kale, and bok choi going for round two of spring greens. Below find a recorded webinar class on Seed Starting, a short and engaging 4 minute video that highlights the basics, as well as a video to demonstrate potting up transplants into cell packs.
June 21-27 is National Pollinator Week. In honor of pollinators I am sharing this video I made from back in my time in Hocking County. Only three minutes, it contains some of my favorite imagery from my time in Extension.
Timothy McDermott DVM
Ohio State University Extension Franklin County
530 W. Spring St. Suite 275
Columbus, OH 43215
614-866-6900 Ext 220