Great Idea for the Youth Gardener

Today as I was cleaning up my email box, I found this great Jr. Master Gardener Project that may be an opportunity to make with your own kids or grandchildren.  Here is the link to the article on string gardens 

These little beauties are quick and easy to make if you do not mind a little mess! By making a series of these individual plants, they form the ‘String Gardens,’ inspired by the Japanese. Additionally, they are perfect to get your anxious hands working with plants to jump-start spring, as well as for areas that may not have space or an environment for outdoor plants.

Is the weather feeling a little like Spring?


Have a great week!

Sarah J. Noggle


Welcome Spring! Authors Speaker Series

From Denise Ellsworth, Program Director, Pollinator Education

Join us for this free Zoom webinar series. Webinars are approximately 60 minutes. All sessions will be recorded and posted on the Bee Lab website by early April.

Registration is required. Details here.

Register here!

Monday, March 22
Doug Tallamy
The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees

Tuesday, March 23
Heather Holm
Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants

Wednesday, March 24
Bryan Danforth
The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation

Thursday, March 25
Olivia Carril
Common Bees of Eastern North America

Friday, March 26
Mary Gardiner
Good Garden Bugs: Everything You Need to Know about Beneficial Predatory Insects

Register here!

Welcome Spring! Authors Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the OSU Department of Entomology and Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Garden, with support from the NIFA IPM Pollinator Health grant and the Manitou Fund.

Escape to the Forest featuring Maple Syrup Education

Join OSU’s Les Ober, Geauga Co. Extension, and SENR’s Gabe Karns and Kathy Smith, for this session on how to make your own syrup or explore turning your woods into a sugarbush as an income opportunity.  Continuing education credits will be available.

Join us for this timely Friday Escape to the Forest Webinar–  From Tree to Table: Ohio Maple Syrup  March 12th from 10 am – 12 pm.

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We hope to see you there!

Fall and Rise of Bald Eagle in Ohio Video and Other Resources

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Ohio Division of Wildlife – Wildlife Reporting Website:

Ohio Division of Wildlife Bald Eagle page

Ohio Bald Eagle Webcams

 Reducing Lead

More Birding with Brad Opportunities

Registration is now open for “Native trees and shrubs for wildlife” offered on March 12 via Zoom Webinar

A DAY in the WOODS presents “Native trees and shrubs for wildlife” on March 12 via Zoom Webinar.  This program will take place from 10 am to noon. It will focus on the food provided by native trees and shrubs for Ohio’s many species of wildlife.

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Featured presenters include Ryan Boyer (District Biologist IN, MI, OH; National Wild Turkey Federation), Marne Titchenell (Wildlife Program Specialist, OSU Extension), and Dave Apsley (Natural Resources Specialist, OSU Extension).

Join us on March 12 at 10 AM to learn more about “Native trees and shrubs for wildlife” including:

  • Types of food provided by trees and shrubs for wildlife
  • Seasonality and nutritional value of food (mast) produced by trees and shrubs
  • Importance of providing a diverse mix of native, woody plant species
  • Methods you can employ in your woodlands to enhance the production of the mast and other wildlife benefits
  • Resources available help you to enhance these habitat elements in your woods

Fall 2020 Webinar Series on Invasives, Emerald Ash Borer University – The Green Tree Killing Insect and More!

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Spotted Lantern Fly

By Amy Stone, Extension Educator, ANR, Lucas County

We’re excited to announce the fall Emerald Ash Borer University lineup! This fall, we will be hosting webinars on a wide range of topics on Thursdays at 11:00 AM ET. If you can’t attend the live webinar, we will also post recordings.  Sign up to watch the live webinars or be notified when the recordings are posted. Please share this announcement with anyone you think might be interested!

CEUs will be available (CCH, ISA, SAF…)! Contact for more details.

Registration for all talks:  Continue reading

“Mapping your woodland” virtual A DAY in the WOODS offered on October 9

By Dave Apsley, OSU Extension

Our October 9, A DAY in the WOODS program Mapping your woodland will once again be offered virtually via Zoom and YouTube videos.    This program will focus on tools that you can use to locate boundaries and other land features, and to create digital maps from location data using free GPS (Global Positioning System) phone applications and online mapping tools.


Chow Line: Tick that causes meat allergies found in Ohio

Nymphal and adult forms of the lone star tick. Clockwise, from bottom left: unfed nymph, engorged nymph, adult male, unfed adult female, and an engorged adult female. For size reference, the center dot is approximately 0.8 mm in diameter. Photo by Jeffery Alfred, used with permission from Iowa State University Extension.

Is there a tick that causes people to develop an allergy to red meat, and can it be found in Ohio?

Yes, to both of your questions.

The tick you are referring to is called the lone star tick, which, in certain cases, in some people, can cause an allergy to red meat after being bitten by the tick.

This species of tick entered Ohio over the last decade or so. It has since spread throughout the state, although it is more common in southern Ohio, said Tim McDermott, an educator with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

While the lone star tick prefers a wooded habitat, in many cases, it can also be found along the perimeter of pasture and hay fields that extend into the grass, he said.

“It’s known to be an aggressive biter of humans, and while this tick isn’t known to vector or transmit Lyme disease, it can vector other diseases such as ehrlichiosis, southern tick associated-rash illness, tularemia, as well as some viral diseases,” McDermott said. “It has also been associated with causing an allergic syndrome in some people after being bitten.”

According to a study by researchers with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, some people who have been bitten by a lone star tick have gone on to develop an allergy to eating red meat, and in some cases, dairy. The study found that, in rare cases, some people have developed life-threatening allergic reactions to red meat after being bitten by a lone star tick. Continue reading

Chow line: Fall a great time for apples, peaches, blueberries, in addition to pumpkins

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I know that autumn means pumpkins will be available in abundance, but what other produce is in season in the fall?

You are correct: This is the time of year when you will start to see pumpkins, squash, and gourds—which are all part of the Cucurbitaceae family—for sale in grocery aisles, farmers markets, and farms.

But fall is also a good time to buy grapes, apples, watermelons, potatoes, berries, zucchini, yellow squash, and peaches, among many other seasonal fruits and vegetables. In fact, those are some of the commodities that many grocery stores are now starting to promote heavily at discounted prices in their grocery aisles, according to the Sept. 4 edition of the National Retail Report, a weekly roundup of advertised retail pricing information compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

As mentioned in a previous Chow Line, although improved technology and agricultural innovations mean that consumers can access fresh fruits and vegetables year-round, fruits and vegetables naturally grow in cycles and ripen during a certain season. When ripe, produce is fresher and typically has its best taste. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are also typically cheaper to purchase because they are easier to produce than fruits and vegetables that are grown out of season. Continue reading