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Improve Your Soil Naturally

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Steph No Comments

Winter cover crops are a great way to improve your soil without using chemical fertilizers.  Cover cropping can be very easy, and your Spring plants will love you for it. This is the time to plant them.  Fertilizers that you buy at the store, even the Organic certified ones, can runoff into the groundwater and add […]

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Preserving Your Harvest – No Canning Required

Posted on September 6, 2012 by Steph No Comments

Fall is almost here.  The garden is slowing down.  I personally do not enjoy canning, but luckily preserving some of those last summer fruits is easier than you think – easier than cooking!!  All it takes is time and some counter space… Fruit Scraps turned into Vinegar Fruit scaps can be left set out for a […]

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First Rain Barrel Installed!!

Posted on August 30, 2012 by Steph No Comments

Stoddart Avenue Community Garden receives the first rain barrel from a Grant funded by the city and managed by the Tool Library! RTCO’s Tool Library has joined forces with the City of Columbus, Community Garden Partners, and Rain Brothers to offer free rain barrel and connecting irrigation supplies for Land Bank Community Gardens across Columbus! Stoddart Avenue […]

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Squash Bugs

Posted on August 21, 2012 by Demo Garden No Comments

\ As mentioned in the previous post, we have been dealing with these mean guys in our zucchini plants. They are called Squash Bugs and they are generally attracted to the different Cucurbits, such as yellow squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. They are a terrible pest to have in your garden, as they suck the sap […]

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Continued Harvest

Posted on August 14, 2012 by Demo Garden No Comments

Here at RTCO we have had some pretty successful crops so far this year. We have seen large amounts of tomatoes, yellow squash, potatoes, and we are starting to see some green beans. The results have been some great looking produce. With consistent watering, we have been able to grow a pretty considerable amount of […]

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Fixing A Hole

Posted on August 7, 2012 by Demo Garden No Comments

There was a brief scare at the Demo Garden the other day, as our hose recently fell victim to a small puncture. It can’t really be determined  what caused the issue, but I suspect it was just an old hose that had one or two too many vehicles run over it in its time. The […]

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Posted on August 2, 2012 by Demo Garden No Comments

Our tomato harvest has begun over at the RTCO Demonstration Garden. We have accumulated a great variety of tomatoes so far (as noted in the photo above) and we are now met with the challenge of what to do with them. If you are a member of the Tool Library, or want to become one, […]

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Ugly Tomatoes: Blossom End Rot

Posted on July 31, 2012 by Demo Garden No Comments

Have you had any tomatoes this season that have been looking like this? These poor tomatoes have fallen victim to what is known as Blossom End Rot. The most oft cited reason for this issue is uneven watering of the plant. The problem is heightened after an excess of watering following a great length of […]

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Wrangling Cucumbers

Posted on July 25, 2012 by Demo Garden No Comments

As noted previously, our cucumber plants had a difficult start to the 2012 growing season. The rabbits in the area were quite impatient, and decided to lop all of the plants off before they even got started producing the goods. We quickly acted, and ended up planting beans where our original cucumbers had been. We […]

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Plans For Your Veggies

Posted on July 23, 2012 by Demo Garden No Comments

Over at Rebuilding Together Central Ohio we are always trying to come up with new and exciting ways to eat the different vegetables that we have been growing at our Demo Garden. Unless you find a way to stagger your crops, there are periods where you might be having very successful yields with only one […]

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