Master Gardener’s Corner: Ohio State University Extension Resources

Eddy, our resident Master Gardner, suggests using the valuable local resource, Ohio State University Extension Office, for gardening education and questions.

Use these links for gardening and landscape questions:

Check out their events:

Stay tuned for an Ohio State University Extension Garden Field Trip

Recipe: Summery Fresh Tomato Soup

Fred wanted to share a recipe his family has been enjoying: Summery Fresh Tomato Soup from food and wine.


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup minced sweet onion, such as Vidalia
  • 1 1/2 pounds tomatoes—peeled, seeded and chopped, with juices
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 basil sprig
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 12 thin baguette slices, toasted
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


    1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices, along with the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the broth and basil and season with salt and pepper. Simmer until the tomatoes are broken down, about 15 minutes. Discard the basil and puree the soup until smooth.
    2. Preheat the broiler and arrange the baguette toasts on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the cheese and broil just until melted, about 30 seconds. Serve the soup with the cheese toasts. 


The soup can be refrigerated overnight.

Garden Meeting, Saturday, Sept. 3rd, 2016 10am in the Garden: meeting minutes

The garden meeting this morning in the garden was well attended, and we discussed some exciting upcoming plans. If you would like to attend, the meeting is usually at 10am on the first Saturday of the month, with a few exceptions. When the weather permits, we meet in the garden, otherwise, we meet in the city hall building. Subscribe to this blog, and you will receive email updates of blog postings, which include garden meeting updates. Or check the garden kiosk for printed notices.

Here is what we discuss this morning:

Arial Photographs of the Community Garden:

The gardeners at today’s meeting expressed gratitude to Gary Myers for his fantastic arial photographs of the garden that are posted in the blog post below.

Salute to Orange Gardener Volunteers Needed:

Volunteers needed: If you would still like to volunteer with other gardeners at the Salute to Orange this Sunday, September 4th anytime between 5:30pm and dark, please email

Garden Photos wanted: If you have photographs of the garden that you would like to have posted on our Orange Village Community Garden poster to be display at the Salute to Orange, please email  us.

Produce wanted: We plan to give away baskets of produce from the garden during the festivities. If you have any extra produce to donate, please email us as well.

October Garden Meeting and Fall Cleanup: Saturday, October 8th 10am (rain date Sunday, October 9th, 10am).

We will hold our next garden meeting a week later, on October 8th. It will be a working meeting, where gardeners are encouraged to clean up weeds or plants in their gardens that are finished producing. Gardeners are welcome to continue growing other plants, but we would like to start the fall cleanup process to keep the garden looking beautiful.

Gatherings in the Garden: Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month through October. 7pm.

Please feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks to our gatherings in the gardens, if you would like to. Or bring something to share if you feel inclined, but that is completely optional. At past meetings, some gardeners brought snacks made from their garden harvest for others to sample. Judy brought steamed edamame and tasty dried cherry tomatoes. Or just join us to socialize in our beautiful garden.

Need Garden Help?

If you or anyone you know are experiencing a hardship and need help keeping up your garden, please email, and we will find volunteers to help. Also, if you have produce that you cannot harvest for any reason but wish to donate, please contact us, and we can find volunteers to harvest the produce. The people who are doing the harvesting will then donate the produce to a charity of their choice.

Donating Excess Produce this Year and Next Year:

We would like to begin a program to donate excess produce to charities that have a need for fresh vegetables. We plan to start a program next Spring, but we are happy to start this year if there is a need. Please contact us if you have excess produce or if you would like to be involved with this effort.

Master Gardener’s Corner:

Eddy, our own Master Gardener, reminds us that the Ohio State  Extension Office, that we have access to because of Eddy’s Master Gardner status, is a valuable resource for gardening questions, advice, classes, a hotline, and field trips. Please check back on the blog soon for more updates about the Ohio State Extension Department.

Maintenance Committee reminder:

Please remember to weed gardens regularly to prevent weeds from going to seed and spreading unwanted weed seeds to paths and neighboring gardens.

Also, please remember to not leave pulled plants or weeds in the paths. Thank you to everyone who has been doing a wonderful job keeping up their gardens. The garden has looked much better this year.

Blog Volunteers?

If you would like to contribute to the blog, please email If you would like to be a regular contributor, we could also give you access to post on the blog yourself, if you would like to.

Upcoming to the Blog soon:

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