Are you planning on spreading mulch around your trees and landscape this year? Master Gardener Volunteers see this common practice of mulch placed under trees and right up the tree trunk!
Another mulch volcano! That is a big NO, NO! It’s important to keep mulch off the tree trunk because the covered tree trunk will grow roots under the mulch. As the new roots grow in the soft mulch, the deep roots begin to die off. Eventually, a tree with a weak root system could be blown over by a strong windstorm.
For more information on mulching trees see this excellent article written by Joe Boggs that can be found on the OSU Buckeye Yard & Garden onLine (BYGL), https://bygl.osu.edu/node/1494.
The Ohio State University South Centers is hosting a two-part Online Fruit Pruning School on Thursday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 14, 2023. This is a FREE online event that will be conducted virtually via the Zoom communications platform.
Part 1 on March 9 will focus on pruning fruit trees including apples, peaches, and pears. Part 2 will be held on March 14, and will cover small fruits like blueberries, grapes, and raspberries. Both sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Please register no later than Monday, March 6, 2023. Simply visit the link below and fill out the registration form. We also plan on offering recordings afterward, so you can access the event on-demand, as we know this fits some people’s schedules better.
Included are very high-resolution images of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. Specimens provided by Dr. David Wagner of the University of Connecticut.
Join us for our first Friday’s Escape to the Forest webinar of 2023. Ohio State Extension Specialist in Forest Entomology, Kayla Perry will be our presenter as we get up to date on what is going on with emerald ash borer (EAB) and how our forests are doing post-invasion. She will discuss the status of Emerald Ash Borer in post-outbreak forests.
Join OSU’s Kayla Perry, State Extension Specialist in Forest Entomology, as we talk about Emerald ash borer (EAB; Agrilus planipennis). EAB has caused widespread decline and death of ash trees throughout eastern North America since it was first detected in southeastern Michigan in 2002. This presentation will provide an update on the distribution, management, and ecological impacts of EAB, with a focus on forests that have experienced the longest duration of invasion by this insect.
Register herefor the webinar. Continuing education credits for ISA and SAF will be offered. Continue reading →
“Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness: A Tournament of Education” features online educational opportunities Monday – Friday at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. The education tournament is free of charge, and webinar links are available at go.osu.edu/agmadness. Topics covered during week #5 include the following: Ohio Farm to School, Horticulture, Fruit Production, Vegetable Production, and Urban Agriculture. Continue reading →
The 1-day class will be Saturday, February 8th, 9 am-4 pm, with a 45min break for lunch, at the Defiance County Extension Office, 6879 Evansport Rd., Defiance, OH. The cost of the class will be $50.00 plus $10.00 if they would like to purchase lunch. The introductory class will be an overview of what to expect for the first year of beekeeping. Registration Deadline Saturday, February 1st. If not paid by the deadline, it will cause a delay in receiving your book and no lunch will be available to you. Mail this form with check/m.o to Attn: Treasurer -Mary Zebolsky, 25212 Watson Road, Defiance, OH.
While we are not holding training in Paulding County for new Master Gardener Volunteers, participants can still take the classes outside of the county and be an active Master Gardener Volunteer within Paulding County.
Why become a Master Gardener Volunteer? Master Gardener Volunteers have the opportunity to share the research-based education and knowledge they have learned in the classes throughout their community. They have the chance to make a difference in their community by spending time with others developing a love of gardening. There are many areas of opportunities after attending the training such as international volunteerism in parks and gardens. There is a trip each year for this opportunity. But….. just because you take the class, it does not mean you must volunteer in the community (even though we may twist your arm to do so). One could just participate in the educational aspect.
Just to note, you do not have to have any gardening experience to take this class.
In 2020, the training for the area will be held in Williams County on Wednesday evenings starting on February 12. This is the first time in a while that OSU Extension has offered an evening option for classes. I would love to see more Master Gardener Volunteers in Paulding County. They help strengthen our community in so many ways. Attached below is the flyer with additional information on registration: 2020 MG Training-Williams Co