Roundup of gardening news for Feb. 16, 2023

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Composting basics for backyards and schoolyards. The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District invites teachers, residents and anyone interesting in composting to this after school program, April 11 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge Library. Learn about composting basics and benefits, different composting methods and how to avoid common composting problems. 

A presentation will be given by Madeline Ramsey, a Kenston High School student who successfully started a composting program at her school. This in-person program is free, but registration is required by visiting or calling 440-543-5611.


Woodland Wednesday winter tree ID: Leaves are for chumps. Learn to use buds, twigs, bark, bud scars, form and surrounding habitat to identify woody species all year without their leaves, March 1, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Lantern Court Estate at Camp Red Oak, 9203 Kirtland Chardon Road in Kirtland. Featured speakers include Natalie Gertz-Young, Lake SWCD conservation educator, and Eddie Lagucki, Red Oak Camp horticulturalist. 

This free, in-person program is limited and registration is required by visiting Call 440-350-2033 for more information. Collaborators include farm bureaus; Natural Resources Conservation rvice; Geauga, Lake, Ashtabula, Portage and Trumbull soil and water conservation districts; division of forestry; and Holden Forests and Gardens. For more information, visit


Fruit pruning. The Ohio State University South Centers is hosting a free two-part online Fruit Pruning School, March 9 and March 14 that will be conducted virtually via the Zoom communications platform. Part 1 March 9 will focus on pruning fruit trees including apple, peach and pear. Part 2 will be held March 14 and will cover small fruits like blueberries, grapes and raspberries. 

Both sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. Register at s/pruningschool no later than March 6. Recordings will be available afterward, so you can access the event on-demand.


Rain barrels and compost bins. Stark Soil and Water Conservation District will host Rain Barrels and Compost Bins, Feb. 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The program will be available in-person and online via Zoom. Topics covered include the installation and upkeep of rain barrels, diverter kits and compost bins. 

This program will be offered in-person at the USDA Service Center Conference Room, 2650 Richville Drive SE in Massillon, Ohio. For those interested in attending, visit or call 330-451-7645 to register.

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