Always something to do in the fall

Fall is my favorite time of year. The changing colors of the leaves, the crisp dew in the morning, and the sights and smells of harvest make Trumbull County a wonderful place to live. As we enjoy the fall in northeast Ohio, I would like to update you on four great programs that will be held in our area.

The Trumbull Master Gardeners do a wonderful job taking care of the research and education gardens at the Trumbull County Agricultural Center, 520 W. Main St., Cortland. During this summer and fall, the Master Gardeners have been offering free evening workshops in the beautiful gardens. For instance, last week’s class was on the lazy gardener’s approach to composting by Master Gardener Richard Ellers.

I am pleased to let you know the Master Gardeners have two additional classes scheduled for this fall. On Oct. 9, Fred Schwab will present “The Birds in your Backyard” class from 6 to 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the center. Fred has some outstanding photos of birds to show attendees.

On Oct. 16, Kathleen Ferris will present the “Secrets to Planting Fall Bulbs” class in the gardens from 6 to 7 p.m., so dress for the weather. Our Master Gardeners do a wonderful job with these classes, so I hope that many of you can attend one or both of these classes. No registration is required so just show up and have fun learning.

With the fall leaves turning, OSU Extension will be sponsoring a “Name the Tree” workshop on Oct. 1 in Geauga County from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Big Creek Park outside of Chardon. This one-day workshop is designed to give participants in-depth training and practice on identifying trees using leaves and other common characteristics. The class begins indoors with some introductory identification clues and samples that we use to work through a dichotomous key.

Online registration is available at More details can be obtained at 614-688-342 or

It is not too early to think about winter. For the farmers who head south for the winter, it always conflicts with keeping their private pesticide applicator license renewed. To help our snowbird farmers with this predicament, OSU Extension in Northeast Ohio has planned a special private pesticide applicator session. The session will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Geauga County Extension in Burton. Get your recertification done early so you can stay in Florida longer.

More information can be obtained by calling 440-834-4656 or your local OSU Extension office. Additional sessions will be held in 2014 on Jan. 17, 31, and Feb. 27 in Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties.

Marrison is associate professor and extension educator, agriculture and natural resources, Ohio State University Extension. Marrison can be reached at 440-576-9008 or