Jul 29, 2016
On the first Friday of each month, Miami County MGVs are hard at work educating the public on a variety of horticulture-related topics as part of their new series, Coffee with the Master Gardeners. The series, which began in February, is geared towards backyard gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts alike. Sessions have covered raised bed gardening, pruning techniques, roses, native plants, weed control, and fairy gardening. To date, 188 residents have participated in the series.
Jun 23, 2016
Adventuring in Ecuador, a country with 12 hours of sunlight year-round, has been experienced by over 50 Ohio Master Gardener Volunteers. Since 2013 Ohio MGVS have partnered with the Tandana Foundation to provide a working vacation in Otavalo and surrounding communities. The focus has been on cultivating trees, water remediation, education, planting, gardening and working side-by-side with locals to improve their communities. Activities are a mixture of work and cultural activities including touring, cooking classes, shopping, and more.
Jun 13, 2016
Licking County MGVs donated 2,181 pounds of produce grown on their one-acre garden to the local Salvation Army Food Bank and Kitchen. The fresh produce will help supply over 25,000 meals.
Since the Food Pantry project was founded five years ago, the MGVs have donated over 12,648 pounds of produce. After meals are prepared, any remaining produce goes into the food pantry for recipients to take home.
Jun 2, 2016
Fayette County MGVs are researching, scripting and recording a cell phone tour highlighting the trees of the county’s historic Washington Cemetery. Listed on the National Register of Historical Sites, the cemetery has undergone thousands of dollars in renovations of many of its structures including the Fiske Fountain, the Judy Chapel and a statue of a Civil War soldier. In addition, the 60-acre cemetery contains an impressive collection of trees, including Bald Cypress, Ohio Buckeye, Gingko, Tri-color Beech, Kentucky Coffee and Swamp White Oak.
Jun 2, 2016
Canning jars. They’re found all over Pinterest boards as soap dispensers, drinking glasses, home décor and even chandeliers!
In 2014, Medina Co. Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) decided to capitalize on this canning jar craze by hosting a “Harvest in a Jar” event. The event started as a program to educate citizens on the proper canning techniques and share ideas to take advantage of the fall’s excess harvest. Through discussion, the program expanded to cover canning, seed saving and decorating with backyard flora.