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Add some pizzazz with caladiums

On the north side of our house is a pair of window boxes that receive very little sun. My go-to plants to fill them are usually impatiens and coleus with some kind of a spiller thrown in. I was ready for something different. Those big box stores cater to gardeners who can’t wait for the ...

Valley Grows calendar

Here are upcoming gardening events through the Ohio State University Trumbull County Extension Office. For more information and a complete list, contact the Extension Office, 520 W. Main St. Suite 1, Cortland, at 330-638-6783. Office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Call for ...

Q&A: How do I get rid of Japanese beetle grubs?

Q: What can I do right now to get rid of Japanese beetle grubs so they won't attack my plants this summer? — Paul from Youngstown A: It is quite early to be thinking of these insects in the adult form, but the grub is indeed alive and well in the soil. Your best plan of attack should be ...

Valley Grows Calendar of Events

Here are upcoming gardening events through the Ohio State University Trumbull County Extension Office. For more information and a complete list, contact the Extension Office, 520 W. Main St. Suite 1, Cortland, at 330-638-6783. Office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Call for ...

Woman’s estranged dad turns up

The black-and-white print in the circular metal container that holds the oldest jumble of her family photos surprised Margo Bartlett. It was of the father she hardly knew and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt examining issues of The Vindicator at the Youngstown Public Library in 1939. Bartlett, now ...

Senior news

RETIREES TO MEET: Howland Schools Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. May 4 at Enzo’s Restaurant. All Howland Schools retirees, not just teachers, are welcome. Spouses and guests of retirees also are welcome. Cost of the lunch, payable at the door, is $13. Reservations must be made by April ...

Having fun with the Eicher grandchildren

It’s time to pen this column again and words seem hard to come to my mind. Four months ago today is when our dear son-in-law Mose lost his battle to the injuries from the accident. It has been harder for daughter Susan as time goes on. I am sure anyone who has been through this can agree ...

Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com. COVID-19 OUTBREAK INFORMATION: Visit the Trumbull County Health Department website for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, registration and distribution locations. The ...

Plant, pest clinic reopens

We’re back! That’s right, after being closed all of last year due to COVID-19, the Mahoning County Extension Office’s Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic is back for 2021. What does this mean for you? The clinic is here to help you with gardening, landscape and pest questions. The clinic ...

Yes, you can grow asparagus

If you wish to grow asparagus, now is the time of year to get started. Because it is possible to have a bed of asparagus that will produce for 20 years, it is important to choose a location that will be useable for that length of time. The site you choose should be sunny and have soil that ...

How do I deal with moss?

Q: I have moss in lawn and in my flowerbeds. What can I do about this? — Lyndsey from Canfield A: Moss is a sign of shade and high moisture. Thus, improving air circulation in the affected area or increasing sunlight exposure may lead the way to reduce the amount of moss. Most of us notice ...

Valley Grows calendar

Great Plants, Great Networks When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday What: Learn how to select the best plants to benefit pollinators and other beneficial species when space is limited. Where: Zoom video conference Cost: Free Info: 330-533-5538; register at ...

Hello, operator? Connect me to the 21st century

I’m getting a cellphone! Telephones have become more and more puzzling to me. When I was a little kid, all I had to do was to lift the phone out of its cradle and wait. It was silent on the other end until a very pleasant female voice (the operator) would ask, “Number, please?” I ...

Senior news

VOLUNTEER PACKERS / DRIVERS NEEDED: Trumbull Mobile Meals, a community-based service agency dedicated to providing a home-delivered meal service to Trumbull County residents who are homebound, will start to deliver meals five days a week on Monday. The agency needs volunteer packers and ...

Family enjoys lovely Easter

It is just after 5 a.m. and my husband, Joe, and sons Benjamin, 21, and Joseph, 18, have all left for another day’s work. Daughter Lovina, 16, will be leaving in a half hour for her job. That leaves just me and Loretta. Daughter Verena is still staying with daughter Susan and ...

Health notes

UPDATE YOUR LISTING: To update information, resubmit your health notes by email to tmunnell@tribtoday.com. COVID-19 OUTBREAK INFORMATION: Visit the Trumbull County Health Department website for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, registration and distribution locations. The ...

How do I rid my garden of black ants?

Q: I have noticed black ants in my flower and vegetable garden beds already this year. How can I get rid of them safely? — Carole from Boardman A: Ants are beginning to be a hot topic this year, so you are not alone. Since you have the ants in your soil, they are most likely field ants. ...

It’s almost time for asparagus

Spring is coming! The crocuses have faded and the daffodils and other spring bulbs are in full bloom.That means it is the time to check for asparagus coming up in the asparagus patch. Starting at the beginning of April, a daily check of the patch is in order. Asparagus grows very quickly once ...

Cultivate these garden trends for 2021

Our lives have changed. For many, a new realization of just what is important. For me, that has been an even stronger connection with nature. I know people who never gardened before gave it a try. Some met with great success, others not so much. But sales of seeds, garden supplies are booming ...

Valley Grows calendar

Here are upcoming gardening events through the Ohio State University Trumbull County Extension Office. For more information and a complete list, contact the extension office, 520 W. Main St. Suite 1, Cortland, at 330-638-6783. Office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Call ...