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  1. Box Tree (Boxwood) Moth: New Detection, What to Look For, and Management

    Sep. 28, 2023

    This article provides the latest information on Box Tree Moth (BTM) and its impact on boxwoods, and how to manage.  It's also becoming evident that all boxwoods are not equal as BTM hosts.  Significant differences in BTM host suitability between boxwoods have been observed in other BTM infestations as well as here in southwest Ohio.

    Click on this article to read more details: Box Tree (Boxwood) Moth: New Detection, What to Look For, and Management

  2. Spotted Lanternfly Continues to Spread Across Ohio

    Aug. 08, 2023

    The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has confirmed several new spotted lanternfly (SLF) infestations across the state, including Columbus and Toledo.

    Read the Buckeye Yard & Garden Line article for more information and how to report sightings: Spotted Lanternfly Continues to Spread Across Ohio

  3. Box Tree (Boxwood) Moth: Latest Observations and What to Do

    Jul. 11, 2023

    A new Buckeye Yard & Garden Line article has just been published with the latest observations on the box tree moth.  Please read for the most current information, as well as what to do if you find evidence.

    Box Tree (Boxwood) Moth: Latest Observations

  4. What to Look for with Box Tree (Boxwood) Moth

    Jul. 06, 2023

    The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced this past week that Box Tree Moth (BTM) (Cydalima perspectalis, family Crambidae) had been confirmed in Hamilton and Clermont counties in southwest Ohio. The location is near where the two counties meet Warren and Butler counties. It’s the first time this non-native boxwood (Buxus spp.) defoliator has been found in Ohio. 

    See the Buckeye Yard & Garden Online article below for detailed information on how to identify this versus other boxwood issues, and how to report a finding.

  5. ChickQuest: Let's Learn about Life

    Apr. 23, 2021

    They are fluffy, they are cute, and they are part of the food system. 

    If you have never hatched an egg, it is not a terribly difficult process if you have the right equipment.

    One dozen fertilized eggs (not the eggs from the grocery store) are placed in a 100° incubator for 21 days. Around the 21st day the small chicks make their first pip and find their way out of the shell.

    After a few days in the school with their temporary parents, chicks are donated to 4-H families in the region.

  6. Hamilton County Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Program Receives an Award at the State MGV Conference

    Nov. 02, 2020

    The 2020 Virtual State MGV Conference was recently held October 22-23, with over 500 registered to attend. MGV's from around the state and beyond joined together for this exciting two-day event. On Thursday evening, MGVs around the state celebrated their award winning programs, Master Gardener Volunteers, Friends of the MGV program and Coordinators.  The Hamilton County Master Gardener Volunteer program was awarded the Overall Winner in the Large Program category for our project with Druffel Garden.

  7. USDA Summertime Food Service Program

    Jun. 25, 2020

    The USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to fill the gap when children lose access to meals when schools are closed. Most often this occurs during summer vacation. However, during school closures related to the pandemic, meals are also being made available. You have the opportunity to supplement the food you have at home with meals and snacks for your children from local schools and community organizations.

  8. New - Bees of Ohio Field Guide

    Jun. 15, 2020

    Want to learn more about bees? What bees are native to Ohio? What is the anatomy of a bee? Learn more in the Bees of Ohio: A Field Guide


    Oct. 10, 2019

    You might not have heard of a pawpaw. Lots of people haven’t.

    Though they grow on trees native to Ohio, pawpaw fruit keeps a low profile. You won’t find it on store shelves nor at many farmers markets.

    “A few years ago I mentioned pawpaws and people looked at me like I was talking about a relative,” said Joe Boggs.

  10. Master Gardener Volunteers provide education at the Monarch Festival

    Sep. 25, 2019

    Hamilton County Master Gardener Volunteers were part of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s first Monarch Festival that celebrated these beautiful and beloved pollinators. It was a fun and educational event for the entire family, the Festival featured activities, displays, hands-on learning, and a Monarch tag and release.

    The Festival culminated with a Monarch Parade where children of all ages, festooned in pollinator costumes, “migrated” from Canada and the Northern United States to the Mexican forest where Monarchs overwinter.