Extension opens garden

HOPEDALE – Ohio State University/Extension master gardeners of Harrison and Jefferson counties have started a community garden in the village which will be a great venue for the gardening workshop series held during the summer months, according to Sarah M. Cross, OSU Extension agriculture and natural resources educator.

“Events will be free to the public and there will be fun kids’ activities during every session,” she said.

Outdoor gardening workshops will be held at the garden plot from 6 pm. to 8 p.m. on the first and fourth Tuesday of each month from July to September, and will feature many hands-on activities.

The workshop series will open on July 2 and Cross will be teaching a session on “Composting and Vermicomposing.” The lesson will include instruction on how to transform vegetable scraps into vermicompost, a natural fertilizer that is incredibly rich in nutrients and microprograms.

During the July 23 session, Darlene Horstman will speak on “Attracting Beneficial Insects to the Garden.” This session will teach students how to attract the beneficial insects to control pest problems and promote pollinators.

During the Aug. 6 session on “Planting the Fall Garden,” master gardeners will teach a hands-on planting session. Late summer is a great time to plant many cool season vegetables for a fall harvest, they explained.

On Aug. 27, John Quimby, entomologist, will teach a session on “Good Bug … Bad Bug – Learn to Identify Insects.” Participants are encouraged to bring an insect to identify. Children will have an opportunity to become a bug detective and learn the difference between good and bad insects.

On Sept. 3, Christine Kendle, OSU Extension educator, will discuss plentiful harvests. She will speak on “Food Preservation Basics,” describing the techniques of freezing, drying and canning fruits and vegetables. There will be taste-testing as well.

On Sept. 24, Clint Finney, USDA soil conservationist technician, will discuss “Soil Sampling and Cover Crops.” It is often common practice for a home gardener to fertilizer the garden without taking a soil test, and this can cause more damage than good, he explained. Soil sample kits will be available for $10 each.

The public is encouraged to come and join the master gardeners for the outdoor workshop series. Refreshments will be provided. The community garden plot is located beside the USDA building in Hopedale, across from the fire department.

For information or a flier, contact Cross at (740) 942-8823 or cross.421@osu.edu.