Conservation district is again selling rain barrels PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
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.
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.
Grafting improves the backyard tomato plant PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 08:55
Home-grown tomatoes are always a popular feature at many homes. Even non-gardeners will often have a tomato plant or two outside their back door.
Rarely is there anything this new in tomato plants.
Klotz Flower Farm showcased a "grafted" tomato plant at the inaugural Wood County Home and Garden Expo held last weekend.
Gene Klotz says the new type of plant originated in Oregon and debuted on the west coast last year.
All of the plants being sold locally come from Oregon.
The grafting, a process which has been used successfully with other species, merges two varieties together to make a better plant.
Klotz says the merged plant is more disease resistant, more insect resistant, and will produce tomatoes all summer, once it starts producing fruit.
Flower Day' part of Toledo market weekend PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 08:51
TOLEDO - On May 27, Flower Day will be celebrated featuring 35 of the area's best flower growers and greenhouses at the Erie Street Market, 237 S. Erie St. The vendors will also spill outside  from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More than 20,000 visitors have been known to visit on this day.
It is part of weekend activities which will also include "Market Days" on both May 26 and May 28.
Master Gardeners from Ohio State University's Extension Office will be on hand to help answer questions and give tips on plant and soil care.
Gardeners focus on ditches PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 08:55
The Wood County Master Gardeners present, "What's in Your Ditch?" Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Way Public Library, Perrysburg.  
There will be an expert available to talk about plants that grow in and around ditches, what plants should be removed and what can be left in.
The program will also include discussion of legal issues regarding caring for your ditch and the role local governments play with regard.
Participants are encouraged to bring plants from your ditch for identification.
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