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Peak planting season for home gardening is in late spring and early summer, but growing plants isn’t all there is to gardening—careful planning and preparation are required year-round to keep your lawn and garden in top condition. WVXU’s expert guests bring you season by season lawn and garden tips and tricks for home gardening enthusiasts across the Greater Cincinnati area.

Read or listen to stories about why you should leave cicada carcasses as a natural (and free) fertilizer for your lawn and garden, the science and practice behind maple syrup, and growing plants and hardy fall vegetables with seeds for your “victory garden.”

Find out how to control weeds without using toxic chemicals and plant a bed full of pollinator friendly, Midwest-native plants. Whether growing plants in your garden or seeds in pots—like orchids or avocado pits—home gardening is an all-season activity that can be enjoyed by anyone with a little know-how. Learn about events and programs like Roselawn's Great Parks Nature Center at The Summit, which recently received an Ohio EPA grant from the Environmental Education Fund. This will go toward a hands-on education program for children where they’ll learn how to grow vegetables, worm compost and start their own gardens at home. See how a farm in Cheviot is using live fish to grow locally sourced lettuce for restaurants and markets and how to extend your growing season.

Get advice from experts at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Kenton County Extension Office and The Ohio State University about making sure you maintain a good seasonal schedule for your garden and seeds are the right kind to thrive in your yard or window box.