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  1. Many varieties of tomatoes are tasted and judged in Fairfield County.

    Tomato Tasting Returns to Fairfield County

    Oct 3, 2018

    What a fun evening learning more about growing tomatoes as well as tasting tomatoes too! Over 50 participants joined the effort and we tasted 28 varieties of tomatoes.

    Stan Smith, OSU Extension Fairfield County, highlighted “10 Reasons Your Neighbor Can’t Grow Tomatoes” and Jerry Iles OSU Extension Educator offering insight into foliar disease of tomatoes.   Lots of good information was shared among our participants and Master Gardeners.

  2. An Evening Garden Affair with a focus on Agrability

    Hardin County’s Evening Garden Affair Attracts a Crowd

    Aug 15, 2018

    Have you ever considered how you might manage to continue to garden as you have more birthday’s? That was the focus of the Hardin County Master Gardener Volunteer’s 6th annual An Evening Garden Affair.

  3. Bellevue Hospital Community Garden row crops

    Huron MGVs Partner to Help Feed the Hungry

    May 21, 2018

    The year 2017 was another glorious time in the dirt at The Bellevue Hospital Community Garden, TBHCG.  (Some say soil, but, as Huron County Master Gardener Bob Beck is fond of saying "Gee, I don’t get soily.  I get dirty!")  The community garden is more than 100 x 100 feet and located on the grounds of The Bellevue Hospital.  The garden includes 18 (5’ x 10’) raised beds with traditional row crops in the low lands.  The harvested produce is cleaned, bagged, and delivered to two area food pantries - Fish and Loaves in Bellevue and The Side Door in Clyde.  

  4. Entrance to Butterfly Display at the Krohn Conservatory

    Hamilton MGVs Adopt-a-Day at the Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show

    May 9, 2018

    As Adopt-a-Day participants, Hamilton County Master Gardener Volunteers welcomed visitors to the Butterfly Show at Cincinnati Parks Krohn Conservatory on April 19th. Master Gardeners volunteered to provide all day coverage to staff the Butterflies of Madagascar.

  5. Ann demonstrating USB microscope on a lady beetle

    Shelby MGVs Add USB Microscope to Hotline Tools

    May 9, 2018

    How does a Master Gardener Volunteer explain to a hotline client what they are seeing through a hand lens?  First, the MGV has to show the client how to use the hand lens.  Then the client has to be able to see the beetle’s antenna or the pycnidia on a spruce needle.  All this before even explaining what the problem is. To make matters worse, the client laments having to convey the information to his spouse at home.  If you staff the hotline/helpline, this situation probably sounds familiar.

  6. Go Native Participants learn about native plants.

    Hardin MGVs Emphasize the Importance of Native Plants

    Apr 9, 2018

    The Master Gardener Volunteers of Hardin County recently held a program titled “GO NATIVE! A Native Plant Program.” The goal of the program was to increase both the public awareness of the need to include native plants in their landscapes as well as to train Master Gardener Volunteers on the topic.  Over 75 attended the program.

  7. Civil war enactment

    Fayette MGVs and Community Collaborators Host a Family Fun Day

    Apr 4, 2018

    Fayette County Master Gardener Volunteers, Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District (FS&WCD), Carnegie Library, Fayette County Historical Society, and Washington C. H.’s Tree Committee collaborated to organize a Family Fun Day at the Washington Cemetery. The program had stations with fun activities on history and conservation practices.

    MGVs have their phenology garden at the cemetery.  They set-up a bee and pollinator activities at the phenology garden. Families solved a crossword puzzle about bees with their help.

  8. Potted tulips

    Beware of Potted Daffodils, Tulips and Lilies and Pets!

    Mar 30, 2018

    ‘Tis the season to buy potted blooming bulbs for inside the house to decorate for Easter or to just celebrate the coming of spring. The most common are daffodils, tulips or lilies which may be planted outside once the foliage has died back or stored in a cool dry environment and planted in the fall. All are considered members of the Liliaceae family and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, excessive salivation and death in cats following ingestion of any plant parts. Exposure to daffodils and tulips can similar signs in dogs.

  9. Fayette MGVs Team Up with Soil & Water Conservation District to Plant Pollinator Gardens

    Mar 20, 2018

               Fayette MGVs and Soil and Water Conservation (S&W) planted five pollinator gardens to use in future programming. In addition, a geocache pollinator trail was developed and revealed last Fall.

    Geocaching is the world’s largest treasure hunt. Participants use GPS coordinates to find a logbook and hidden rewards. The MGs and S&W identified seven sites in the county. The trail leads you to sites that have habitat that support pollinators.

  10. Secrest Arboretum Master Gardener Volunteers

    Secrest Arboretum MGVs Share their Year

    Feb 7, 2018

                  Master Gardener Volunteers are vital to the function of Secrest Arboretum, one of Ohio State University’s two arboreta, located in Wooster. While Secrest Arboretum has been supported by Friends of Secrest (a non-profit organization) and local volunteers for many years, Master Gardeners have always played a crucial role.  Their assistance was especially impactful following the 2010 tornado.

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