Need gardening advice? OSU Extension offers help at Dispatch H&G show

Need gardening advice? OSU Extension offers help at Dispatch H&G show

It is late February, the days are acquiring significantly for a longer period and gardeners are

It is late February, the days are acquiring significantly for a longer period and gardeners are counting down the days to when they can commence digging in the soil after again. Gardeners who are interested in developing food items crops these kinds of as fruits, vegetables and herbs should strategy to check out The Edible Garden exhibit at the Spring Dispatch Household and Backyard garden Display, which kicked off its 8-day operate at the Ohio Expo Center this weekend.

The Edible Yard is an interactive display screen area at the present where by gardeners can perspective modest food stuff gardens with reside vegetable, fruit and herb vegetation, and come across academic methods for expanding a assortment of crops in their yard. 

The show is built and staffed by OSU Extension Learn Gardener volunteers who will be on hand all over the show to give gardeners strategies on how to increase their best foods backyard garden at any time this time. The Edible Garden show region was created by Grasp Gardener volunteers a couple many years in the past as a way to insert food items crop gardens to the dazzling array of dwell decorative gardens on display at the present.

Visitors to the EdibleGarden will find food crops planted in a variety of containers.

Vegetables galore

The Edible backyard garden will function both of those amazing-season vegetable crops these kinds of as lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach, asparagus and peas as perfectly as warm-season vegetable crops these as tomatoes, eco-friendly beans, cucumbers and squash.

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Visitors will locate veggies escalating in a range of beds and containers including traditional lifted beds, tiny containers, window bins, reusable expand bags and even repurposed things this sort of as a plastic kid’s pool and a wheelbarrow.

Season extension structures such as coldframes will be on display in the Edible Garden.

Gardeners can also find out how to get a leap on starting interesting-year vegetable crops this year by making use of a very simple cold-frame construction. Crops these as lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, onions, beets, radishes, broccoli, and cauliflower can all be planted outdoors in wintertime in a cold body these kinds of as the one which will be on display in The Edible Back garden.

Gardeners with confined space for back garden beds will find out how to generate far more crops in small areas in the vertical, container and companion planting exhibits in The Edible Garden.

Strawberry plants growing at a previous show.

Fruit in containers

Gardeners who are interested in understanding how to improve fruit crops in the dwelling backyard garden will find ripe strawberries as well as blueberry bushes expanding in containers. A workshop on growing fruit crops in containers will also be provided for the duration of the display. Totally free educational methods will be offered to enable gardeners learn how to expand apples, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, grapes and strawberries in the household backyard.