August 2, 2014

Medina
Intermittent clouds
69°F

‘Walktober’

There’s nothing I don’t love about October. It’s the only time of year I can admire rows of pumpkins and munch on Honeycrisp apples for 31 consecutive days. It’s also my favorite season to venture outside for brisk walks on cool evenings. The Medina County Health Department thinks so, too. Coined “Walktober,” the Step Up Read More…

Splendor in the grass — clippings, that is

The Don’t Bag It lawn care plan can save homeowners time, energy and money, and reduce waste going into landfills. The principle is simple: return clippings to your lawn. By leaving your clippings on the lawn and allowing them to work back into soil, you can realize these benefits and still maintain a beautiful, green Read More…

‘Men in Trees’ or how to hire an arborist

By MIKE MILLER OSU Extension The services of an arborist may be required if a tree is in need of pruning, fertilizing, weather-related damage assessment or other problem diagnosis. The homeowner should have an idea of what needs to be done to a tree before hiring an arborist. Full-service arborists are professionals who possess skills Read More…

Green scene: Starfruit

By LORRAINE BARNETT Special to The Gazette Plant: Starfruit Latin name: Carambola Description: The oval, yellow-green and five-tipped starfruit grows on a tree. About the size of a small mango, the fruit is lightweight and has small visible seeds once cut into its unique star shape. The thin-skinned starfruit tastes sour and sweet with a Read More…

Researchers release wasps from China

By Mike Miller OSU Extension Three species of wasps collected from ash trees in China have the potential to save ash trees in North America. In mid-June, Purdue University researchers, armed with permits from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, began to release 200 Read More…

Go Green: GreenSmartGifts

By Kristen Nowak Winn Accent Editor Nestled among shelves stocked with lotions and light bulbs, little environmental tips sporadically pop up, unearthing ideas of ways to go green. For eco-conscious shoppers, browsing through GreenSmartGifts in Lakewood feels like home. For those new to the concept, it’s also a great place to learn. “I truly hope Read More…

OSU president pays a visit to Medina County

By Korinne Caniglia OSU Extension, Medina County Medina County families grow a little richer each day. The Ohio State University Extension teaches life skills that builds stronger families and communities with economic benefits in the millions. The Ohio State University’s Presi-dent Gordon Gee agreed Extension’s results are priceless during a recent stop in Medina. His Read More…

Go Green: Fresh Fork Market

By Kristen Nowak Winn Accent Editor Trevor Clatterbuck worked so hard to launch Fresh Fork Market that he missed his own graduation from Case Western Reserve University. That was four months ago. The supply chain solution, which delivers local agricultural products directly from the farm to the restaurant, successfully launched June 10 and now works Read More…

Green scene: Japanese edamame

Plant: Japanese edamame Common name: Baby soybeans, butterbeans Latin name: Glycine max Description: A bright green, shiny and annual herb, edamame grows bushy in the garden. After flowering in the summer sunshine, small bean-like fruits appear among the foliage. As the pods grow bigger, they develop a fuzzy, bumpy and lumpy look where the maturing Read More…

Common causes of fish kills in ponds

By MIKE MILLER OSU Extension Medina County OSU Extension in Medina has received many calls about large fish kills in ponds. While little can be done to stop fish death once it begins, fish kills may be prevented by understanding the causes. The most common cause of fish kills in Ohio is suffocation due to Read More…