Defenders of the garden, unite!

Early fall is the prefect time of year to search for beneficial, predatory insects that live in your garden plot. These big bugs have spent their summer growing, eating, and growing some more! Get out in your garden beds and search for some of these awesome insects!...

Drip Tape Irrigation

Watering your garden during the summer months can be a time consuming chore if you use a hose or a watering can. Run some drip tape irrigation and put it on a timer, though, and it’s literally no work at all! Our Beginning Farmer interns learned how to run irrigation...

Curing Onions

Remember planting onions way back in April? Well, ours did GREAT. We’ve been harvesting them for a month and we’re only halfway finished. The brilliant thing about onions is that you can harvest and use them fresh, like this lunker… Or you can “cure” them to...

Cucumbers Under Siege

If you are like most gardeners in northeast Ohio, you may be noticing some damage to your cucumber plants at this point in the season. Holes and brown spots on leaves like this… or chew marks like these… on your cukes themselves are telltale signs you are...

Toads: Keep Them in the Garden with a Fun Family Craft!

Slugs, beetles, crickets, ants, cutworms, grubs, caterpillars…appetizing, right? To one of the most beneficial garden helpers, that menu sounds like the makings of a 5-star establishment. Enter the American toad, an often misunderstood but lovable wildlife neighbor...

What is Biofumigation and why might you use it?

When I interviewed for my position at Countryside, Tracy Emrick (now my boss) showed me one of the greenhouses at Old Trail Farm and told me that many of the plants grown in it last year had disease issues. Even though it would be another month before I was officially...