Roundup of gardening news for Aug. 13, 2020

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Victory gardens. The Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio State University Extension are encouraging Ohioans to create their own victory gardens.

Victory Gardens originated during World War I, an answer to a severe food shortage at the time. The idea was wildly successful, growing an army of amateur gardeners and serving to boost morale and patriotism.

The department of agriculture and Ohio State Extension are reviving the effort and once again encouraging people to plant seeds, realize the fruits of their labor, and share with others if inspired. Advice and resources on every aspect of planting and harvesting produce are available at the Ohio Victory Gardens website.

Victory garden seeds are available through six OSU Extension offices, in Clark, Franklin, Lucas, Cuyahoga, Hamilton and Washington counties. Seed pick-up times and locations vary. See the website for specifics regarding each office.


Fall bulb sale. Historic Zoar Village is holding a Fall Bulb Sale. The sale features bulbs that can be planted in the fall season for beautiful spring blooms. This fundraiser features a variety of bulbs including daffodils, tulips, crocus, irises, hyacinths and more.

There are a few ways to purchase bulbs. They are available online at The bulbs will be sent directly to your home, anywhere throughout the United States, with a shipping fee.

Those interested can also place orders via brochures, which can be picked up in the Zoar Store, sent via email or mailed. Brochure orders feature an exclusive variety bulb-pack and do not have a shipping cost. Orders placed through the brochure will be available for pick-up at the Zoar Store. The brochure bulb orders are expected to arrive in mid-September.

All proceeds from the Fall Bulb Sale benefit Historic Zoar Village. Orders are due by Aug. 28. To request a brochure, call 330-874-3011, email: or visit the Zoar Store Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m.

Historic Zoar Village and the Zoar Bakery are currently open for tours Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m. Historic Zoar Village requests that visitors pre-book their tours when possible to limit the number of visitors per tour time. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite, Facebook or by calling 330-874-3011.

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