Tuesday April 10th was the first planting day for the 2018 OSU Extension, Lucas County Make Your Garden Grow sharing garden. The large planters, previously used for annual flowers, are located outside One Government Center on Jackson Street in downtown Toledo. The OSU Extension, Lucas County team will plant, harvest, and share fresh food and garden updates about the different vegetables, flowers and herbs that will be growing there this spring, summer and fall. Visit the garden when you’re in downtown Toledo, use this webpage for additional updates and details about the crops and follow us on Facebook at Lucas County Extension for photos and updates.
Did you know? SNAP participants can #makeyourgardengrow by using their EBT card to purchase seeds and plants. Seeds and plants used in gardens to produce food for human consumption are eligible foods. Visit SNAP Gardens for details.
Here's what you can find in the sharing garden:
- Growing tomatoes in the Home Garden from OSU Extension
- SNAP-Ed Nutrition Newsletter: Tomatoes
Food Preservation: Salsa—From Garden to Table from OSU Extension
Make Your Harvest Grow sign, harvest cherry tomatoes
- Celebrate August, Sneak a Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch
- Swiss Chard
- Make Your Garden Grow sign, peas
Interested in learning more about vegtable gardening?
- OSU Extension, Lucas County Vegetable Gardening Resources
- Fresh, Safe Garden Produce
- Donate Extra Garden Produce
Interested in learning a few new ways to cook up local produce?
Here some fun, low-cost, healthy recipes that include what we're growing:
- Spring Vegetable Saute
- Cuban Salad
- Avocado Breakfast Bruschetta
- Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil
- Oodles of Noodles (with Swiss Chard)
Check out more photos here: https://lucas.osu.edu/image-galleries/make-your-garden-grow
FCS 2018 Conference Resources:
- Edible Main Street with Maine SNAP-Ed
- SYSTEMS APPROACHES FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES Community Walking Assessment Participant Guide from University of Minnesota Extension
- Ohio Department of Health - links to Community Health Improvement Plans by county
- Lucas County Project Team Bios, Make Your Garden Grow