The Junior Master Gardener affairs is a 4-H after-school affairs but is not a 4-H club. The chargeless affairs is for third- through 12th-grade students.
We about accommodated already a anniversary amid mid- to backward bounce through the final autumn and garden cleanup. Our area abide in St. Patrick’s Church association area at the bend of Oak Hill Avenue and Cleveland Street in Youngstown.
This advancing division begins our fourth year. In the accomplished years we accept developed tomatoes, peppers, herbs and anniversary flowers from plants donated to us. We direct-sow from berry some of our vegetables, such as carrots, radishes, cucumbers, beets and blooming beans.
Each year, there is a vegetable and annual antagonism put on by Ohio State University Extension and Acceptable Natured Garden Partners in backward summer. The kids adulation the “dress up the vegetable” antagonism as able-bodied as the affectation of vegetables and bouquets of flowers and herbs. There is alike a sunflower competition.
For 2021, the aboriginal affair we will do as a accumulation is a clay analysis of our gardens. I would like anniversary actor to booty allotment in this. Back the after-effects are returned, we will go over it calm and actuate if any amendments are needed.
This season, I accept some new things to try in the gardens. I will be allegorical the kids in accomplishing a built-in American “Three Sisters” garden planting. This garden consists of corn, blooming bean and annihilate seeds, all buried in the able succession. The cornstalks abutment the backcountry blazon blooming beans, which additionally accommodate nitrogen to the soil. The annihilate bulb grows low and continued and helps to anticipate weeds and advance clay moisture.
This year, we will participate in The Great Sunflower Project. We bulb specific sunflower seeds and back they are flowering, we will do at atomic three pollinator surveys. This is a “citizen science” activity that sounds fun and educational for all ages. This is a acceptable way to analyze bees and accept their importance.
I am additionally because a pollinator garden specific for autocrat butterflies. Acquirements is so abundant bigger with absolute visuals rather than pictures. It will be a acceptable acquirements acquaintance to beam the complete activity aeon of this butterfly whose actuality is in danger.
Of course, as with any garden, there will be watering and weeding demography abode as needed.
We will be carefully afterward COVID-19 restrictions and demography the able precautions.
Come abound with us. If you apperceive of any adolescent association who ability be absorbed or if you artlessly accept questions, amuse acquaintance the Mahoning County Extension Appointment at 330-533-5538. The appointment will access your acquaintance advice and let me apperceive about it. I will again acquaintance you to accompany the group.
Shively is an Ohio State University Mahoning County Extension Master Gardener volunteer.
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