December 20, 2014

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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…

Ohio line fence law revised

By Mike Miller OSU Extension Ohio lawmakers made a major revision to Ohio’s line fence law this summer. Gov. Ted Strickland signed the line fence law H.B. 323 on June 27, and the new law will be effective beginning Sept. 30. Here’s a quick summary of the bill’s major provisions: New rules of apportionment will Read More…

Go Green: Learn to buy organic and get fresh with your food

By Kristen Nowak Winn Accent Editor Not sure how to go about buying local or organic food? Alyssa Riggs of Brunswick will deliver it right to your door. “I’m the milkman of 2008,” Riggs joked. As the name of her business suggests, “Organics at Your Door” means, whenever you want, a “Fresh Box” of local Read More…

Green scene: tiger lily

By LORRAINE BARNETT Special to The Gazette Plant: Tiger lily Latin name: Lilium Tigrinum Description: Very tall and exotic in appearance, the tiger lily blossom is a deep red orange with black dots upon the petals. Making an unusual display, the lily’s petals curl back to expose inner dots and several long stamen. Plants can Read More…

Blossom end-rot common in tomatoes

By MIKE MILLER OSU Extension Medina County Ohio State University Extension in Medina County has been receiving calls related to the bottom end of tomatoes turning black. The problem is blossom end rot. Blossom end rot is a serious disorder of tomato, pepper and eggplant. Growers often are distressed to notice that a dry sunken Read More…

Airborne oats fly into standing row crops

By MIKE MILLER OSU Extension Medina County When Stan Smith of the Fairfield County Ohio State University Extension said planting oats after wheat with the intent of creating as much high-quality forage as possible, it’s apparent there is not a better alternative double crop for a producer who feeds ruminant livestock. Since 2002, when local Read More…

Resorts go green

By KRISTEN NOWAK WINN Accent Editor It might not be too surprising to hear a lot of state parks in Ohio are going green. After all, they are the environment — and they’ve been committed to it for decades. Still, I was surprised when I saw a recycle bin right in our hotel room at Read More…

Green Scene: Globe thistle

By LORRAINE BARNETT Special to The Gazette Plant: Globe thistle Latin name: Echinops Description: Globe thistle is perfectly round, prickly and fascinating. Many gardeners stay away from the plant, thinking it’s a weed. But, no. Echinops has evolved with hybridization into a beautiful, sometimes stately figure in the garden. The perennial grows large 8-inch thistle-like Read More…

Delectable forage for hungry horses

By MIKE MILLER OSU Extension Medina County The following information is supplied by Bob Hendershot, state grassland conservationist with USDA-NRCS Ohio. Hay growers should know the quality of forages horses need to stay healthy and happy. While horse owners are being encouraged to get hay analyzed using an equine analysis, most need help interpreting the Read More…

Travel green

By KRISTEN NOWAK WINN Accent Editor Oh, the places you’ll go on an eco-friendly vacation. Sure, the greenest thing to do is to stay close to home, but there’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. So grab your binoculars, fill up your BPA-free reusable water bottle and put on your hiking Read More…