The video above, by CFAES horticulture educator Pam Bennett, is seven years old, but the suggestions are still good today. Now’s the time of year to get your garden ready for spring, and, with Ohio’s coronavirus “stay at home” order about to begin, you might have some time for a good head start.
Bennett is also the program director of our state Master Gardener Volunteers program, and if you’re interested in joining and serving with the program at some point down the road, you can learn more about it here.
Staff members from Secrest Arboretum and Ohio State ATI’s Horticultural Technologies Division, both part of the CFAES Wooster campus, have teamed up to build and host a display garden at the Great Big Home + Garden Show in Cleveland, which continues through Sunday, Feb. 9. Attendance at the show is expected to top 100,000 people.
Discover Secrest Arboretum’s “far corners and hidden treasures”—plants and places that visitors rarely see (including the distant “back 40”)—on a tour called “Hidden Gems of Secrest” set for Wednesday, Oct. 23. Hours are 1-3 p.m. Admission is free but registration is required. The arboretum is part of our CFAES Wooster campus.
See the fall colors—and the still-busy bees and butterflies, too—when CFAES’ Secrest Arboretum in Wooster holds a Guided Autumn and Pollinator Walk at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Admission is free and open to the public. Learn more. (Photo: Getty Images.)
In Ohio, it’s best to plant garlic in fall, and a free CFAES fact sheet has tips to help you do it—plus details on fertilizing, avoiding pests, harvesting, and the three main types of garlic you can choose from.
Eighteen central Ohio veterans spent summer farming at CFAES’ Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. As participants in a pilot project called the Veteran Farming Program—organized by the Central Ohio VA Healthcare System and CFAES’ OSU Extension outreach arm—the veterans gained practice in farming and gardening while benefiting from the activities’ therapeutic aspects. They graduated from the program earlier this month.
“I used to farm when I was younger,” said Vietnam veteran Bob Udeck, 74. “It feels really good to get your hands dirty again—planting something, nurturing it, and watching it produce.”