Gardening programs offered in county

As we trudge into June, I would like to share information about some great gardening programs that will be offered by the Trumbull Master Gardeners and let you know about the release of the revised Ohio Christmas Tree Producers Manual. Have a great June.

Are you looking to learn more about gardening? If so, you do not want to miss the free Wednesday evening gardening programs presented by the Trumbull County Master Gardeners. These programs are held starting at 6 p.m. at the Education and Research Gardens at the Trumbull County Ag Center, 520 W. Main St., Cortland.

The Master Gardeners have been offering these workshops since April and have already taught classes on planting and pruning roses, planting in containers, square foot gardens, and worms. These classes have been well received. Best of all they take place in the gardens at the Ag Center, which allows hands-on learning.

The following classes will be offered during the remainder of the summer: June 11: Compost Tea; June 18: Weed Control; July 2: Fairy Gardens; July 9: Urban Chickens; July 16: Family Garden Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. July 30: Herbs; Aug. 13: Rain Barrels; Aug. 20: Photography; Sept. 3: Creating Garden Art; Sept. 17: Gourds; and Oct. 1: Planting Bulbs. There is no cost to attend any of these programs.

It should also be noted the class on July 16 will be extra special as it will be the Master Gardener’s Family Garden Fair. This is a great chance for families to have fun and learn about gardening. There will be science and gardening activities for children in the Sun Place Special Garden, face painting, garden photography show, and much, much more. There will be a free Cortland Community Band Concert and a strawberry social from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be sold by the Cortland Bazetta Historical Society.

For information, call Trumbull County Master Gardeners at 330-638-6783.

The Ohio Christmas Tree Producers Manual will be of use to landowners who are contemplating entering the Christmas tree production and/or marketing business for the first time. It will also be of use to experienced growers who wish to improve their cultural and marketing practices. Topics covered in this bulletin include marketing and business planning; soil basics; site layout and preparation; species and cultivars; planting; weed, pest and disease control; wildlife damage and management; and shearing. Also included is an outline of business operation issues to consider, such as permits, regulations, record keeping, taxes and insurance. This 100-page book can be purchased from the Trumbull County Extension office or online at

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