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  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
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    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.
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Mustard greens are thriving as temperature remain above 20 degrees.

Attempting to have a winter garden

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Simple plastic covering keeps cold tolerant plants growing.

My winter garden is coming along fine. I am growing Swiss chard, broccoli and mustard greens. The simple plastic shelters are keeping the plants just warm enough. When it rains I remove the plastic and then cover the plants back up before the next frost.

Today I harvested some Swiss chard and mustard greens. I cooked up the mustard greens and I am now realizing that mustard has too strong of a flavor. I think just a few leaves in a salad would be OK, but next spring I am going to grow just kale and chard.

The broccoli that was nearly destroyed by cucumber worms has now recovered and is doing well. I don't think I will be producing any broccoli soon but if it survives the winter, I will have broccoli in the spring.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)