Gardening questions? There's an app for that PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 June 2012 08:46
The joys of gardening are endless. Whether you're a fan of homegrown vegetables or simply looking for some herbal inspiration, there is a smartphone app that can offer tips and guidance for experienced, and first-time gardeners alike. Molly Mclaughlin, Senior Editor of - an award-winning Web site that helps consumers make informed choices - has weeded through every gardening app on the market to bring consumers her top picks of 2012.
• Botany Buddy (Available on iTunes for $9.99)
Botany Buddy's price tag might deter you from purchasing it. However, when you consider all that the Botany Buddy app offers, one might want to reconsider. The app allows you to search more than 2,000 plant species by common or botanical name. Whether you're looking for a particular tree, shrub, cactus, succulent or tropical plant, chances are you will find it in this app's database. There are more than 9,500 original and scientifically verified color photos for you to browse. Once you have installed the library, you won't need an internet connection to load it up, meaning that you can use it while you're out and about. Updates are free, too.
N. Baltimore garden tour features five homes Sat. PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 June 2012 09:06
Danielle and Tim Engard on their property at 505 N. Third Street, North Baltimore. (Photos: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
NORTH BALTIMORE - The North Baltimore Garden Club is once again holding a garden tour in the village. This year it will be held on Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Maps of the town with the garden locations marked will be available the day of the tour at the North Baltimore Great Scot Grocery Store, located on Ohio Route 18 as you come into town from the Interstate 75.
One of the tour coordinators, Caprice Cheney says the North Baltimore Garden Club has done this tour for a number of years. There was no tour last year due to heavy road/sewer construction in town.
"We do this to showcase our community and the people who work so hard to keep it looking so nice," Cheney says. "Our town is full of neatly kept homes with perennials and plants, and we want to acknowledge our neighbors. We consider it one of our community service projects."
Conservation district is again selling rain barrels PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:17
Due to the popularity and tremendous response to our first offering, the Wood Soil and Water Conservation District continues to offer for sale a variety of new items to assist with people's backyard conservation efforts.
Rain barrels come in black, granite, or terra cotta and are available in 45- or 60-gallon capacities.
What's a rain barrel?
Rain barrels collect and store rainwater from rooftops, which can later be used for watering lawns and gardens. Collecting rain water in a rain barrel prevents its flow over paved surfaces where it could pick up pollutants, such as sediment, oil, bacteria, metals and nutrients, enter a storm drain, and eventually discharge into a local waterway. This style of rain barrel is not only functional but attractive as well. The lid can be inverted to create a planter on top of the barrel, or left as solely a rain water container.
Perrysburg center under new ownership PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:44
Chad Lievens, operating manager at Lievens Market in Perrysburg, where he oversees what was formerly Moser’s Market on Fremont Pike at the eastern edge of the city. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - There's a new and fresh look to the farm market located on U.S. Route 20 at the eastern edge of Perrysburg.
Moser's Farm Market operated at 10411 Fremont Pike for 25 years, until last year's retirement of Debbie Moser and the wliquidation sale which disposed of all the tangible assets of the operation.
Just like the spring flowers, the market returned in April, revitalized and under new ownership and name. Lievens Market is the new name for the facility under the leadership of Chad Lievens, a fourth-generation member of the family operation.
The Lievens family is a wholesale supplier of bedding plants across Ohio and Michigan as well as some facilities in West Virginia. The family farm is based at Ottawa Lake in Petersburg, Mich.
Lievens said he heard through the grapevine about the retirement and it rekindled his dream of opening a retail facility. Though reluctant in previous years, Lievens said his father gave the go-ahead. The Moser family approved the sale after interviewing prospective buyers.
"I had 30 days to pull this all together," Lievens said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 31 May 2012 12:03
Worm castings get new boost PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 08:52
Troy Heflin with worm castings as featured at the recent Wood County Home & Garden Show. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Organic methods of gardening were always used centuries before the term "organic" became in fashion. Nature took care of all the details.
In recent years, many gardeners are trying to minimize chemicals and return to the basics by gardening organic.
In a natural environment, earthworms aerate the soil and also distribute nutrients as well as aerobic bacteria and fungi through their waste.
At the recent Wood County Home and Garden Show held at the Wood County Fairgrounds, Troy Heflin was on hand to showcase a new product which gives a boost to nature, while still maintaining organic practices.
Heflin, operator of Green Earth Solutions of Ohio based in St. Paris, offered his enhanced earthworm castings and earthworm castings foliage spray.
According to Heflin, standard pesticides and chemicals disrupt the natural processes of a garden.
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