Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

For those about to plant

CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum is holding its 24th annual Plant Discovery Day — featuring the sale and auction of 300-plus types of trees, shrubs, herbs, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and more — on May 13 in Wooster. (Photo: Dahlia (one of the 300), iStock.)


‘Climate change is real, and it’s disrupting how we care for plants’

Jim Chatfield, horticulture specialist with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, looked at how climate change is affecting Ohio’s plants — including, very likely, ones in your own backyard — on Feb. 10 in the Akron Beacon Journal. He especially talked about CFAES scientist Dan Herms and his long-term phenology research, which tracks the bloom times of certain landscape plants and the development times of some of their pests. Hint: As shown by science, those times they are a-changin’. Great read. Check it out.

Grow your garden with grafting

Low angle view of two Akane apples on a tree branchGrafting can help your garden grow — including by producing new food-producing fruit trees, like the apple shown here, that can better survive cold winters. Learn how to do it in two workshops in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum.

Plant people: Share smarts, grow food, fight hunger

Ohio’s nearly 3,000 Master Gardener Volunteers share their plant-related knowledge with other people, and that knowledge improves, among other things, urban farms and backyard gardens. In turn, those farms and gardens reduce hunger, improve health and create income.

Learn more about the statewide program here. It’s run by CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, and offers training and volunteering in all 88 of Ohio’s counties.

In Wayne County, for instance, CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum just announced it’s taking applications for its 2017 Master Gardener training course. The deadline to apply is Jan. 27.

Berry nice! 7 jolly alternative hollies you can grow in Ohio

Image of longstalk holly for GBPaul Snyder of CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum in Wooster lists seven jolly hollies that provide year-round good looks, food for wildlife and cut branches for decorating at the holidays, and unlike the traditional English holly, can handle Ohio’s bleak midwinters. (Photo: Finetooth holly in Secrest Arboretum by Mitch Moser, CFAES.)

See gardening, edible landscaping at Franklin Park Conservatory

August 13, inscription in chalk on a blackboardThe Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus will host the Demonstration Food Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Aug. 13. The garden “provides creative resources for anyone interested in gardening and edible landscapes,” the tour description says. There are herb, fragrance and culinary gardens; community gardens; an apiary; a berry house; and more. It’s another in the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series and the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series. Learn more here on p. 24.

First Columbus urban farm tour is Saturday

Franklintin imageThe Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series starts Saturday, July 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Franklinton Gardens, a nonprofit, 2.5-acre, “high-output” fruit and vegetable farm whose goal is to demonstrate that “urban agriculture can be a cornerstone of a healthy urban food system.” Admission is free and open to the public. The Franklin County office of OSU Extension, CFAES’s outreach arm, is a co-sponsor of the series. Read more here and here.

This large, hungry insect is preying for you: Ohio’s natural pest controllers

Image if mantidNext in our look at Ohio’s beneficial predatory arthropods: Mantids, aka mantises. From their CFAES fact sheet:

“How can one not be captivated watching a mantid stalk its prey? These charismatic garden predators are often called praying mantids because most species are sit-and-wait hunters that hold their front legs together as if in prayer while they survey their surroundings for a potential meal.

“Their prey can include both pests and other beneficial arthropods such as bees and spiders.

“Although they are a large predatory insect, mantids do not bite humans.” Read the fact sheet.

Go, daddy, go: Ohio’s natural pest controllers

Image of harvestmanNext in our look at Ohio’s beneficial predatory arthropods: Harvestmen, aka daddy longlegs. From their CFAES fact sheet:

“Harvestmen are arachnids in the order Opiliones. The name of this group comes from the Latin opilo, which roughly translates to shepherd. At one time European shepherds used stilts to look over their sheep, and it is thought that the look of this arachnid’s body atop its long legs inspired the comparison.

“Harvestmen are beneficial predators in the garden and very common in residential landscapes. While the presence of harvestmen is not likely to completely suppress pest populations, they do contribute to biological control.”

Read the fact sheet. Next: Mantids.

No good flies? These flies good: Ohio’s natural pest controllers

Longlegged FlyNext in our look at Ohio’s beneficial predatory arthropods: Long-legged flies.

“Despite having a generally poor reputation,” their CFAES fact sheet says, “flies are a large and diverse order of insects with a diversity of feeding habits. This generally misunderstood group includes many species that are actually beneficial because of the pest control or pollination services they provide.

“The long-legged flies are just one such group of ‘good flies’ found commonly in Ohio landscapes.

“Long-legged fly larvae and adults feed on a variety of soft-bodied arthropods. They do not bite and pose no threat to humans.”

Read the fact sheet. Next: Harvestmen.