Overview of gardening news from March 10, 2022


Backyard farm. The Carroll Soil and Water Conservation District will host a Homestead Workshop on March 17, 6 p.m., at the Carrollton Schools Power Center, 205 Scio Road, Carrollton. This month’s workshop is for those who want to learn how to plan and grow their own garden.

Topics include garden planning, plant starting and transfer, seed saving and the district community seed library. Registration is requested. To register or for more information, call the district office at 330-627-9852.


Birds, bats and bees. The volunteer master gardeners will hold a workshop on building houses for birds, bats, and bees on March 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Ohio State University’s Geauga County Extension Office. , Patterson Center, at 14269 Claridon-Troy Road, Burton. Space is limited to 12 participants and $25 is due upon registration.

Relevant materials and information on the construction, placement and maintenance of bird, bat and bee houses will be provided. Participants will take home a bird, a bat and a bee house. Many houses will be pre-assembled and some will be supplied as a kit that can be assembled during the course. There will also be refreshments and a drawing for two purple market houses.

Mandatory face masks and distancing. To register, call 440-834-4656. Send checks, payable to OSU Extension, to PO Box 387, Burton, OH 44021.


Rain barrels. The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with Kingwood Center Gardens, is hosting a free Rain Garden and Rain Barrel Workshop on March 22. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. at Roost Hall in Kingwood Center Gardens, 50 North Trimble Road, Mansfield. . Park along North Linden Road and enter Kingwood through the Linden Road gate.

Registration is encouraged due to limited seating. Sign up at richlandswcd.net/get-involved/calendar.

The purpose of the workshop is to increase awareness and provide an opportunity to learn the importance of stormwater management and the role that rain gardens and rain barrels play in stormwater management. Participants will also learn how Kingwood Center Gardens uses its rain garden and rain barrels.

Questions regarding the workshop can be directed to Dan at 419-747-8077 or Jordan at 419-747-8688, or [email protected].


Composting. The Stark Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a Virtual Composting and Rain Barrel Workshop on March 22 from 6-7 p.m. This free program will be available via Zoom. Participants will learn about composting and setting up rain barrels.

For more information and to register, visit starkswcd.org or call the district office at 330-451-7645. Additionally, rain barrels are available for purchase anytime from Stark SWCD for $31.95 or with a bypass kit for $63.90, and compost bins are available for $58.57 ( taxes included in all prices). Call the office to place an order.

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