Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Learn how to name that bee

CFAES is co-sponsoring a bee biology and identification workshop on four dates in August in northeast and central Ohio.

The workshop is called Bees in Your Backyard … and the Plants They Visit, and the instructor will be Olivia Carril, biologist and co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard (Princeton University Press, 2015).

Register for the workshop online.

Here, there be hidden jumpseed … for now

On a certain summer day in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum — July 6 — you can learn how to spot, ID and give the heave-ho to weeds.

Not so pretty in pink; or, ways to waylay wayward weeds

It’s pretty. And pretty hard to control. A class in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum will help you win your war on weeds. (Photo: Canada thistle by John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Bugwood.org.)

June 12: Composting at home

CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum in Wooster is giving a home composting workshop June 12.

So you’ve got lots of pots to get rid of …

CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens are hosting their annual Plastic Pot Recycling Event from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 10. You can drop off horticultural plastics (pots, trays and cell packs) and non-food-grade styrofoam. It’s free and open to the public in front of Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Court, on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus.

“We engage with partner Phoenix Recycling to keep these plastics out of the waste stream and landfills,” an article on CFAES’s faculty-staff website says, “and they render them into useful products.”

Visit the event’s webpage. (Photo: iStock.)

A refresher on how you can have the rot stuff

Got grass clippings to get rid of? Rotten radishes to remove? Dead daffodils to dump?

In the video above, Pam Bennett of CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, says don’t waste them: turn them into soil-building, Earth-friendly compost.

Bennett, among other things, coordinates Extension’s statewide Master Gardener Volunteers program and is co-author of 2015’s Garden-pedia: An A-to-Z Guide to Gardening Terms.

Learn how to start your own new plants from cuttings; or, a sudden redbud flood

Starting new plants from cuttings is an easy, inexpensive way to add plants to your yard, like the Mediterranean redbud shown here. You can learn how to do in a June 23 workshop in CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum in Wooster. (Photo by Kousvet (own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.)

‘The day I discovered my passion for plants’

Secrest Arboretum’s Plant Discovery Day is Saturday. For Jeff Gallimore of Ohio State ATI, CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster, the event is true to its name (scroll down).

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.)

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‘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.