Category: RTCO Garden

‘Tis the Season for Seed Saving

Posted on 03/08/17 by rtco-admin

This blog post was originally written by former RTCO staff member, Stephanie Blessing. She has pursued her passion for gardening and is now the founder Red Beet Row, an educational farm in Jefferson, OH. Red Beet Row has recently partnered with East Jefferson Street library to start a seed library where members can check out seeds during the […]

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Keeping the Pests Away

Posted on 06/15/16 by rtco-admin

There are bunnies in the garden at the Tool Library. Before you say “awwww- isn’t that cute”, you should probably know that the dogs are on the rampage and the gardeners here are cheering them on. Rabbits are abundant and abundant rabbits mean if we don’t get the garden’s bounty before they do, we are […]

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Now is the time for a kickin’ fall garden!

Posted on 07/08/14 by rtco-admin No Comments

Well, as I sit here and watch the vegetable garden take over my yard, the last thing on my mind is what to do when those plants fade out. Although Tomatoes and Peppers can last until the first frost, many summer veggies like green beans, cucumbers and zucchini will be done producing soon, leaving space […]

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Native Plants

Posted on 06/24/14 by rtco-admin No Comments

Native plants provide a beautiful, hardy, drought resistant, low maintenance landscape while benefiting the environment. Full Sun Big Bluestem Indian Grass Porcupine Grass Pale Purple Coneflower Heath Aster Prairie Smoke Prairie Cinquefoil Western (or Naked) Sunflower Shade (Grasses) Hornwort Common Rush Rice Cut Grass Small Duckweed Pickerel Weed Common Arrowhead Common Cattail Prairie Cordgrass Shade Flowers […]

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Powdery Mildew

Posted on 06/11/14 by Demo Garden No Comments

It’s been a wet Summer this year, and our plants are certainly feeling it! Sadly we had to pull out some of our zinnias and melon plants that had been infected with powdery mildew. It probably wouldn’t have killed the plants, but it would have spread to other plants across the garden and prevented our […]

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An Early Start in our Demonstration Garden

Posted on 03/17/14 by Demo Garden No Comments

Although it’s still frosty outside, the Tool Library Demonstration Garden is preparing for our 2014 growing season! Starting seeds indoors before the weather is warm allows you to get a jump-start on the garden. Some people invest in expensive grow-light setups, but you can also use a plain shop light to heat and light your […]

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Volunteer Plants

Posted on 07/25/13 by Demo Garden No Comments

Our first red tomato isn’t coming from the plants we intentionally started in the garden beds—it’s coming from a volunteer plant! What’s a volunteer? A volunteer plant is any plant that grows on its own instead of being deliberately planted. For example, our tomato plant probably came from seeds that dropped in the soil during […]

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Seed Saving!

Posted on 07/15/13 by rtco-admin

Most greens and lettuces are cool-weather vegetables. When the season grows hotter, greens will begin to produce tall, flowering seed stems. This is called bolting. When greens start to bolt, they begin to taste bitter—but don’t tear them out of your garden just yet! In the Rebuilding Together Central Ohio Demo Garden, we planted collard greens […]

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Prepping the Garden

Posted on 05/18/13 by Demo Garden No Comments

Spring 2013 garden prep at the RTCO Demonstration Garden is complete! Preparations included chicken tractoring, straw mulch, affordable compost, and sheet mulching with newspaper. After the chickens had a chance to clear out most of the weeds, seeds, and bugs from one of our garden beds, I threw down some straw that we are using […]

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Garden Prep

Posted on 05/14/13 by Steph 1 Comment

Spring 2013 garden prep at the RTCO Demonstration Garden is complete!  Preparations included chicken tractoring, straw mulch, affordable compost, and sheet mulching with newspaper. After the chickens had a chance to clear out most of the weeds, seeds, and bugs from one of our garden beds, I threw down some straw that we are using […]

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