Everyone Can Garden! Session One, Planning Your Vegetable Garden

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Virtual Using Zoom
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Dr. Leo Taylor

 Everyone Can Garden!

Vegetable Gardening for People with Physical and Other Limitations

Do you have a physical limitation such as mobility issues, chronic pain, arthritis, and skin sensitivities that constrains outdoor activity? Do you want to learn how you can enjoy gardening despite these challenges? OSU Extension and the CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to the 2021 Gardening with Physical Limitations Webinar Series Everyone Can Garden! In this 5-part webinar series we will address the basics of planning and planting a vegetable garden, learn about essential maintenance, including pest management, canning and preservation, and finish with composting, end-of-season clean-up and preparing for next year all while taking into consideration a variety of physical limitations. Each session is designed to be a stand-alone program, so feel free to attend as many or few as you want! 

Free and open to the public.  

Register here: www.go.osu.edu/accessiblegardening

Planning Your Vegetable Garden – Thursday, March 18th, 6-7:30pm 

Are you interested in starting a vegetable garden, but not sure where to start? In this session, we will cover the basics of garden planning and provide an overview of Universal Design – an approach that works for people with many types of physical limitations. Presenters: Laura Akgerman and Pam Bennett. 

Planting Your Vegetable Garden – Thursday, April 1st, 6-7:30pm 

You’ve strategized and come up with a plan, now it’s time to execute it! In this session we will highlight best practices for preparing the soil and planting techniques and cover tips and tricks for planting a garden that fits your abilities. Presenters: Laura Akgerman and Pam Bennett. 

Garden Maintenance – Tuesday, June 1st, 6-7:30pm 

Learn how to manage various garden pests using Integrated Pest Management. This approach utilizes cultural control, biological control, as well as chemical control to minimize pest pressure in the garden. We will also go over a variety of garden tools that have been/can be adapted to be easier and more comfortable to use by people with physical limitations. Presenters: Laura Akgerman and Jenny Andon. 

Canning and Preservation Basics – Tuesday, July 20th, 6-7:30pm 

In this session you will learn how to get started with the rewarding process of canning and preserving the food you grew in your garden. We will cover basic equipment and techniques and address how people with physical limitations can make adaptations to make canning and preserving fun, not painful! Presenters: Laura Akgerman and Kathy Tutt. 

Garden Clean Up and Preparations for Next Year – Tuesday, August 31st, 6-7:30pm 

In this session we will look back over the growing season and sort out what worked, what didn’t work, and how to use what you learned this year to plan for the next growing season. We will address tips for making garden clean up easier, composting essentials, and what needs to be done to prep for next year. Presenters: Laura Akgerman and Pam Bennett. 

If you have questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations, please contact Alicia Baca at baca.31@osu.edu. Typically, a two weeks’ notice will allow us to provide seamless access. Please direct all other inquiries to Dr. Leo Taylor taylor.3408@osu.edu.