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The 2009 State Master Gardener Conference is October 2 & 3 at the Great Wolf Lodge & Conference Center in Mason, located in Warren County, (Ohio's Largest Playground).

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Trumbull County MGVs’ June Yard and Garden program sponsored Barrie Kridler, owner of Kridler Gardens in Homeworth, Ohio. The subject of the day was: Hosta - matched with companions and containers with flair. Trumbull MGV, Carol Knock assisted the presentation.

By Claudia Fugate

Ohio Certified Nursery Technician/Garden Center and Ohio Certified Nursery Technician/Grower

(Claudia gives PowerPoint presentations on Organic gardening to groups and organinizations interested in this subject. E-mail contact: clynn493@aol.com)

 

As I ventured into my expanding vocabulary and the study of the soil food web, and permaculture, the forest garden seemed to be the next step.  The concept of layering our gardens as the ecosystem does in nature is the basis of this idea.  Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier wrote in EDIBLE FOREST GARDENS that ‘once the garden is in the ground, the longest and most satisfying phase of forest gardening begins; management, harvest, and co evolution.” 

 

Each layer of the forest has a different dynamic.  The trees get the sun and the shrubs have learned to live in partial sun and light shade. Vines can reach for the sun from a shady base, and ground covers generally are shade-loving. 

 

When these elements are translated into an edible forest, we can plant to have food.  Mature and maturing trees can take advantage of the high canopy for fruit and nut trees such as pears, apples, chestnuts or pecan.  The shrubs which fill in the gaps of the trees can produce blueberries or hazelnuts.  Vines that can sneak up through this growth can produce grapes, hardy kiwi, or passionflower fruit. Ground covers such as comfrey or herbs add to the layering of this forest.

 

As these plants indicate, the difference between the forest garden and a ‘regular’ food garden is that these plants are perennials.  With little disruption on the planting beds the soil food web thrives and the root systems of these plants benefit the other root systems in the area. Leaves left on the forest floor mimic nature and increase this ecosystem’s efficiency.   This self-maintaining co-existence is the ultimate is sustainability.

 

A small urban lot, and old orchard, or a yard in the ‘burbs can be the backdrop for a forest garden.  The forest garden merges the cultivated and the wild.  Planning and studying plant requirements can make for a rewarding journey.

By Claudia Fugate

Ohio Certified Nursery Technician/Garden Center and Ohio Certified Nursery Technician/Grower

As I ventured into my expanding vocabulary and the study of the soil food web and permaculture, the forest garden seemed to be the next step.  The concept of layering our gardens as the ecosystem does in nature is the basis of this idea.  Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier wrote in EDIBLE FOREST GARDENS that  "once the garden is in the ground, the longest and most satisfying phase of forest gardening begins:  management, harvest, and co evolution. "

Forest Garden

 

 

 

The Forest Garden

 

By Claudia Fugate

Ohio Certified Nursery Technician/Garden Center and Ohio Certified Nursery Technician/Grower

(Claudia gives PowerPoint presentations on Organic gardening to groups and organinizations interested in this subject. E-mail contact: clynn493@aol.com)

 

As I ventured into my expanding vocabulary and the study of the soil food web, and permaculture, the forest garden seemed to be the next step.  The concept of layering our gardens as the ecosystem does in nature is the basis of this idea.  Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier wrote in EDIBLE FOREST GARDENS that ‘once the garden is in the ground, the longest and most satisfying phase of forest gardening begins; management, harvest, and co evolution.” 

 

Each layer of the forest has a different dynamic.  The trees get the sun and the shrubs have learned to live in partial sun and light shade. Vines can reach for the sun from a shady base, and ground covers generally are shade-loving. 

 

When these elements are translated into an edible forest, we can plant to have food.  Mature and maturing trees can take advantage of the high canopy for fruit and nut trees such as pears, apples, chestnuts or pecan.  The shrubs which fill in the gaps of the trees can produce blueberries or hazelnuts.  Vines that can sneak up through this growth can produce grapes, hardy kiwi, or passionflower fruit. Ground covers such as comfrey or herbs add to the layering of this forest.

 

As these plants indicate, the difference between the forest garden and a ‘regular’ food garden is that these plants are perennials.  With little disruption on the planting beds the soil food web thrives and the root systems of these plants benefit the other root systems in the area. Leaves left on the forest floor mimic nature and increase this ecosystem’s efficiency.   This self-maintaining co-existence is the ultimate is sustainability.

 

A small urban lot, and old orchard, or a yard in the ‘burbs can be the backdrop for a forest garden.  The forest garden merges the cultivated and the wild.  Planning and studying plant requirements can make for a rewarding journey.

Master Gardener State Advisory Committee Meeting

June 9th, 2009

Dawes Arboretum

In Attendance: Cindy Burskey, Troy Cooper, Tim Malinich, Julie Crook, Faye Mahaffey, Donna Foss, Susan Liechty, Dan Poast, Gene McCluer, Carolyn Allen, Candace Pollock, Pam Bennett, Greg Meyer, Carol Edmister, Lori Stanton, Denise Ellsworth, John Haley, Judy Niggemeyer, Diane Bambenek.

The Ohio Governor's Residence was the site of the most recent Ohio Heritage Garden Ambassador training attended by 22 OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.  County Coordinators nominate one volunteer to serve as the Ambassador to the Heritage Garden.  The Ambasadors train at the Residence and are available in their county to present a program on the Heritage Garden and the importance of native plants in Ohio.

Ohio Heritage Garden Ambassador Training

To celebrate Ohio Master Gardener Volunteer Week, the Clark County Master Gardener Volunteers donated trees to its parks' district.

MGVs Sally Day and Carolyn Allen present gift of trees.

About 40 Trumbull County MGVs and friends - that’s who! May 21st found us traveling across the Ohio/PA state line to DJs Display Garden and Greenhouse in Mercer County. The order of the day was an informational lecture by owner, Dennis James, from his 26 years of experience of running a greenhouse and working with perennials, especially Hostas.

Trumbull Road Trip

Springtime At The Garden, held May 9, was the fourth annual plant sale generating funds to support the Trumbull County Master Gardener programs.

Franklin County Master Gardeners were planting flowers and vegetables at the recently reopened Holton Recreation Center on the Hilltop in Columbus.

 

State Master Gardener Volunteer Advisory Committee

Meeting Minutes – March 9, 2009

Clark State Community College

Pam called the Meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions: In attendance were Sue Donahue, Celeste Welty, Faye Mahaffey, Denise Ellsworth, Mary O’Rourke, Carol Edmister, Dan Poast, Carolyn Allen, Tim Malinich, Pam Bennett, Julie Crook, Candace Pollock, Susan Liechty, Donna Foss, Bob Hostler, John Haley, Greg Meyer, and Cindy Burskey

Your Chance to be a Part of Gardening History – Hamilton County Extension is the National Leader in CIP’s.  By Dave Dyke

Perhaps your first question is … what in the heck is a CIP?  The short answer is that it a contour infiltration planting, a term coined by Dave Dyke in conjunction with his work with the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) to describe a landscape planting constructed on the contour to capture and infiltrate storm water.  Many are familiar with contour plantings used in traditional agriculture for millennia.  However, there are significant differences between most agricultural contour plantings and CIP’s:  Contour planting allows agricultural producers to grow row crops with minimal soil erosion on slopes, with storm water capture and infiltration as a secondary benefit/goal; while CIP’s provides a method for landscapers to easily capture and infiltrate water on a slope to minimize storm water runoff and beautify the landscape. 

Unfortunately, there is little or no information on urban contour plantings for storm water management except for some related to capturing water for landscape plantings in arid regions of the U. S. Southwest.  Therefore, OSU Extension Hamilton County has formed a collaborative with several other entities, including:  Project Evergreen [http://www.projectevergreen.com/], whose mission is “to preserve and enhance green space in our communities for today and future generations”; Horticulture Magazine; the MSD; the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District; the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); the Delhi Township Park District (DTPD); and Tim Young, Landscape Designer, Delhi Flower and Garden Center Landscaping, to establish a demonstration CIP project in Delhi Township Park, Hamilton County.  Tim has volunteered to design the garden plantings.  Project Evergreen will pay for the plant materials and supplies.  The DTPD will till the gardens and provide other services.  Hamilton County Master Gardener Volunteers and DTPD employees and volunteers will plant and maintain the gardens.

Three primary goals have been established for the CIP’s:  

1) They will be part of a comprehensive storm water management strategy for that location, directing storm water around – rather than through – a picnic area and then infiltrate as much of  it as possible into gardens instead of into the storm sewer system.  As such, the water will become an asset – providing moisture to sustain gardens that will beautify the landscape and provide food and cover for wildlife – instead of a liability to be treated at taxpayers’ expense.  Therefore, the construction of the CIP’s will be followed by the construction rain gardens, which will receive water that is at least partially directed to them by the CIP’s.

2)  They will provide photographs and other information necessary to produce training materials, such as PowerPoint presentations and manuals, on the design and installation of CIP’s.

3)  They will provide useful data on the construction and efficacy of CIP’s, especially on installation and maintenance costs.  It is hoped that some hydrological data can also be obtained.

On May 11 the NRCS worked with Extension and the DTPD to lay out the base contour lines for 3 CIP gardens with a laser transit.  The contour lines are designed to give the gardens a 2% slope, which will allow a substantial amount of water to be infiltrated into the gardens and uphill slope while limiting water ponding and directing the uninfiltrated water to intended locations.  The slope of the garden on the left side of the picnic area has been designed to direct the water to the left around the area while the other 2 have been designed to direct the water to the right.  Horticulture magazine sent a photographer and its artistic director to photograph that endeavor.  The DTPD subsequently applied glyphosate to kill the turf within the boundaries of the new garden areas.

The gardens will be planted on May 22 in conjunction with the celebration of  Ohio Master Gardener Volunteer Week, May 17 – 23 (May 26 has been set as a rain date if the weather does not permit planting on May 22).  All Hamilton County Master Gardener Volunteers are invited to participate in this and the plantings at the adjoining Delhi Floral Paradise Gardens on the 22nd.  (See the article by Julie Crook for additional information on volunteering for Ohio Master Gardener Volunteer Week activities.)   Join us in becoming a part of horticultural history, while learning first hand how to install a contour infiltration planting!  Put the 22nd on your calendar today!

There will be a feature article on this project in Horticulture Magazine this fall, which will document all phases of the establishment of the gardens.  Additional information on CIP’s may also be found in “Guidelines for Utilizing Rain Gardens as a Storm Water Management Tool in the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati”, which will be available online at http://hamilton.osu.edu/ in the near future.

 

"Old Rural Conservation Concepts for the New Urban Landscape"

Ohio State University Extension of Hamilton County and the Hamilton County Master Gardener Volunteers collarborated with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the Cincinnati Flower Growers Association to construct an exhibit in the Grand Marquee at the 2009 Cincinnati Flower Show. 

Writer:  Candace Pollock, pollock.58@cfaes.osu.edu, (614) 292-3799, @CommTechMedia on Twitter

Source:  Pam Bennett, OSU Extension, bennett.27@cfaes.osu.edu, (937) 328-4607

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- From money management to environmental stewardship to good gardening practices, Ohio State University Extension Master Gardeners are finding ways to be more "green." They'll showcase their efforts during Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week May 17-23.

Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week, which began last year, honors the hard work and dedication of master gardener volunteers throughout Ohio and recognizes OSU Extension's efforts in promoting the Master Gardener volunteer program. The program provides leadership and educational development to individuals interested in gardening and giving back to their communities.

"Master Gardeners Volunteers Teaching 'Green'" is this year's theme for Master Gardener Volunteer Program Week and activities and programs will be held throughout Ohio's counties emphasizing that theme.  For more information on 'green' tips for your garden and landscape, go to:  http://mastergardener.osu.edu/pdf/MGVwk_flyer.pdf

County Beacon, Woodsfield, Ohio

by Arlean Selvy, Publisher

The budding of beautification and educational projects were seen at the April 20 meeting of Woodsfield Village Council, which also granted a variance for a gift shop on North Main Street.  

 

Councilwoman Carol Hehr reported a meeting with members of the Master Gardeners Club and they will be looking at ways to beautify the walking trail. She said they want to place signs to identify plant life' and trees. She indicated club members will be cleaning and planting along the trail: Hehr noted the trail will be a place of educational value if the new school is built at the proposed location nearby. 

Eight Master Gardener volunteers took time out of their busy Extension

Lucas County Master Gardener Volunteers will be meeting Thursday, June14th, at 6:00 p.m. to kick off Ohio's Master Gardener Week May 17th - 23rd.

 

 

 

 

The Master Gardeners of Summit Co. invite you to join them on Saturday, June 27, 2009, for their 9th annual Tour of Gardens.  The Tour runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes the opportunity to shop at our Posie Shoppe. 

The Summit County Master Gardeners have awarded seven grants totaling $4000.00 for educational and horticulture related programs for 2009.  All of the grant projects have been made possible through funds from the Master Gardeners of Summit County.  The annual "Tour of Gardens" which will be held on Saturday June 27, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is one of the events that help to fund the grant program.  It is a self-guided tour of some of Summit Counties best private gardens and an opportunity to shop at the Posie Shoppe.  During the Tour, posters depicting the various projects will be on display at the Secret Garden Patron Party.

Franklin MGVs on EarthFranklin County Master Gardener Volunteers spread out across Franklin County for Earth Day events this year and were one of 50 organizations with an educational booth at the Dublin Eco Expo on Saturday, April 11.

Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County and Ohio State University Extension presented a seminar on vegetable gardening on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Happy Days Event Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

Check out the following link to a Maryland Garden blogger:

 

http://www.gardenrant.com/my_weblog/2009/04/ohio-governors-grounds.html