Cotton: How it’s Grown & It’s History

One of the most unusual plants we grow at Old Trail Farm is cotton! Cotton is not typically grown in our region because it doesn’t tolerate cold weather and it takes a long time to reach maturity. In northeast Ohio, our summers are too short to plant cotton directly...

The History of Pawpaws

Before starting my internship at Countryside, I had absolutely ZERO clue what a pawpaw looked like, and I had only ever heard of them when they were referenced in the Disney movie The Jungle Book. Come to find out, there’s actually a deep rooted link between...

How to Store Winter Squash Like a Pro

By Dylan Leipold, New Farmer Academy Intern This time of year many of our summer squash and cucumbers are approaching the end of their lifecycle. Their glory days of lush, vibrant green growth are in the rear view mirror as they finally succumb to cucumber beetles,...

Has The Wilt Got You Feeling Down?

by Trish Fox, New Farmer Academy Intern Specifically, I’m speaking of the bacterial wilt that infects Cucurbits. At Old Trail Farm, we recently lost some cucumber plants in the hoop house to the disease. If you’ve been battling the wilt in your home garden, and you’ve...

5 Steps To Building A Perfect Bouquet

by Heather Brindza, New Farmer Academy Intern Have you found yourself with a surplus of freshly picked flowers and a desire to turn them into a pretty centerpiece in a jar? Are you at a loss of where to start and how to arrange your flowers to their ultimate...

Tromboncino!

  Last year, around this time, I posted a blog called “Cucumbers Under Siege” about a few of the common insect pests we find on cucumbers in our region. Another common pest affecting plants in the cucurbitaceae family (which includes cucumbers, gourds, melons,...

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