Carriage House Farm Tour

On Saturday, Richard and Dick Stewart opened their 155 year old family farm up to visitors as part of OEFFA’s farm tour series. OEFFA is the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, “a membership-based, grassroots organization, dedicated to promoting and …

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How to Attract Swallowtail Butterflies

One of my personal beliefs as a gardener is that there are no failures – just experiments – in gardening.  Those experiments can be successful or unsuccessful, and they always teach you something of value for the coming years of …

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Tobacco Hornworms on Tomato Plants

One day when I was checking my tomato plants for ripe fruit I encountered my favorite tomato problem. I noticed some leaves towards the top of one of my six foot tall plants had been eaten down to the vein. …

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Enjoying the Fall Harvest

We here at the Civic Garden Center like nothing more than enjoying the fruits of our harvest. We are lucky enough to be involved in dozens of community gardens all over the city, as well as a small vegetable garden …

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Time to Think about Saving Seeds

As we experience the last flush of summer vegetables, my mind starts thinking forward to next year and what I will do differently in the garden. I always like to try new varieties of plants because of the amazing assortment I …

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My First Homegrown Mushroom!

  I just returned from a summer’s end trip to the beach a week ago.  It’s always “interesting” coming home after being away for several days – you never quite know what you may find upon your return:  dead plants, leaking …

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Planting seeds in the fall vegetable garden

A number of crops just do better when they are planted as seeds outdoors. Many vegetables grown for their roots are like this (beets, carrots, turnips), because any interference in their root development (like during transplanting) directly effects the part …

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