Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Ripley officer receives commendation for quick action Bicentennial at Ripley First Presbyterian RULH welcomes new school principals Aberdeen’s Police Dept. continues to grow Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Water distribution plans for Ripley move forward Historic Trapp and Wilson building sold RULH graduate wins HFR Scholarship Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann RULH selects Wilkins as new superintendent Corps of Engineer to study erosion issue in Ripley More funds available through Revolving Loans Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London

A day at the Garden Expo

Where do gardening enthusiasts go to “cram?” There’s always something more to learn about gardening and plants. GoodSeed Nursery recently presented our first GoodSeed Garden Expo at Hilltop Event Center (adjacent to our garden center) to offer a learning experience for our customers and showcase our favorite products. We had an indoor “mini-trade show,” product seminars, giveaway merchandise, free samples and garden center specials, plus delicious barbecue. Admission was free.

Pam Bennett from The Ohio State University was our featured speaker. Pam is the State Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator for Ohio State University Extension, and the Clark County Extension educator. She has 37 years of horticulture experience, and just published a new book: Garden-pedia: an A-to-Z Guide to Gardening Terms.

Pam called her talk “Darn! I Wish I’d Known That!” a summary of common gardening and landscaping mistakes. Trees planted too deep, improper mulching techniques, tips on preparing garden soils, poor plant selection and more; Pam offered plenty of simple tips for successful gardening.

Leading off the program was Wayne Oney from the Southern Ohio Forestland Association, a group devoted to trees and timber management. He offered many helpful suggestions for homeowners who want healthy trees. We also heard from Gigi Neal, OSU Extension educator from Clermont County, on how to succeed with perennial vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb.

Garden columnist Faye Mahaffey offered lots of terrific ideas for “vertical gardening”, a growing trend among space-challenged plant lovers. Her presentation covered “green walls,” container gardening and “pallet gardening”.

Stephen Boehme explained the differences between petrochemical fertilizers and organics like Espoma Plant Tone, and showed us organic solutions for common garden pests and diseases. His talk was called “Food and Medicine for Gardens and Landscapes” and included a “liquid fertilizer taste test” and free samples of Espoma Garden Tone.

All in all it was a very interesting day, and many local gardeners spent the entire day focused on learning. Between each presentation we awarded door prizes contributed by Monrovia Nurseries and the Smart Pot company, maker of fabric raised beds. Over 40 prizes were awarded. The Grand Prize was a stone fire pit with a cooking grate, donated by Pavestone, won by Teresa Raines of Seaman.

We’re planning to offer this educational program on the first Saturday in June in future years. If you missed this one, rest assured that next year’s GoodSeed Garden Expo will be bigger and better!

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