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Valley Grows Calendar of Events

Here are upcoming gardening events through the Ohio State University Mahoning County Extension Office. For more information and a complete list, contact the Extension Office, 490 S. Broad St., Canfield, at 330-533-5538.

Operating Hours: Curbside Service for soil samples, plant and insect samples and more, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. For information, call 330-533-5538.

Dirt on Achieving Gardening

Success in 2021

When: 10 a.m. Jan. 12

What: The key to a successful garden depends on the composition of the growth medium. This program will examine how to determine what you have in your soil and how to make the necessary changes to attain an ideal garden soil. The speaker is Bill Snyder, Mahoning County Master Gardener, and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.

Where: Zoom videoconference

Cost: Free

Info: 330-533-5538; register at https://go.osu.edu/gardeningsuccess

Naturalist Series: Weird Things

Bugs Do!

When: 6 p.m. Jan. 20

What: Learn about lots of interesting ways insects survive winter, as well as cool stuff insects do in the environment. Join the always entertaining Ashley Kulhanek to talk bugs.

Where: Zoom videoconference

Cost: Free

Info: 330-533-5538; register at https://go.osu.edu/weirdbugs

Nature — The Free Stress Reliever: 1

When: 10 a.m. Jan. 21

What: Use a therapy that costs nothing and relieves tension faster than a pill or a couch, and is readily available to us. Learn the history behind horticultural therapy and how to easily access it in your daily life.

Where: Zoom videoconference

Cost: Free

Info: 330-533-5538; register at https://go.osu.edu/stressreliever1

Is It a Bird or a Moth?

When: 11 a.m. Jan. 26

What: Hummingbirds vs. Hummingbird Moths. We will explore facts, the life, legends and habitat of these very different creatures.

Where: Zoom videoconference

Cost: Free

Info: 330-533-5538; register at https://go.osu.edu/birdormoth

Nature — The Free Stress Reliever: 2

When: 10 a.m. Feb. 4

What: Although we always felt a connection between nature and ourselves, now we know why. Horticultural therapy is a fast-growing field globally. Cities are using plants to lower electrical costs and some business now require employees to take their breaks in green space. How a theory becomes an influential practice.

Where: Zoom videoconference

Cost: Free

Info: 330-533-5538; register at https://go.osu.edu/stressreliever2

How Do Animals Survive the Cold?

When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18

What: While we are inside wrapped in blankets and cozy sweaters, birds, insects, mammals and herps (reptiles and amphibians) are out in the cold. To them, it’s just another winter. In this presentation, we will explore various strategies animals use to survive the cold. We will also discuss a few options to give them a helping hand, like feeding stations for birds. The speaker is Marne Titchenell, OSU Wildlife program specialist.

Where: Zoom videoconference

Cost: Free

Info: 330-533-5538; registration at http://go.osu.edu/survivecold

Natural Calendar — Growing Degree Days

When: 11 a.m. Feb. 24

What: What triggers natural events each year? Learn the secret behind nature’s calendar. Find out what growing degree days are and how you can use them.

Where: Zoom videoconference

Cost: Free

Info: 330-533-5538; register at https://go.osu.edu/naturalcalendar

Naturalist Series: Tree

Communications

When: 6 p.m. March 9

What: Ever wondered how trees handle their enemies? And if they talk to each other? Dr. Enrico Bonello shares these and other fascinating aspects of the natural world.

Where: Zoom videoconference

Cost: Free

Info: 330-533-5538; register at https://go.osu.edu/treecommunication

Using Zoom

Until OSU Extension can resume face-to-face programming, our events and classes will be virtual via the Zoom platform. You can download the Zoom app or program to your media device by visiting the following link https://zoom.us/support/download.

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