Victory Garden distribution dates set


SIDNEY — Now in its fifth year, the Ohio Victory Garden program is a cooperative effort by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio State University Extension to encourage Ohioans to start their own victory gardens by distributing more than 20,000 free starter kits of seeds in 64 counties across the state. Locally, Shelby County Master Gardeners will be giving out seeds at various locations throughout Shelby County starting on April 11

Kits will include sampler packets of cucumber, carrot, lettuce, or sunflower seeds along with planting and growing instructions. By completing a brief survey, gardeners can register to win a garden tool kit They will also be able to post pictures of their gardens on a website maintained by the ODA. Additional information is available at

A limited number of kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the following times and locations:

• April 11, 6:30-7:45 p.m. – Shelby County Master Gardeners’ Garden Series program at Amos Memorial Library in Sidney;

• April 13, Amos Memorial Library 11 a.m.-1 p.m.;

• April 13 – Anna library 9-11 a.m.;

• April 13 – Botkins library 9-11 a.m.;

• April 13 –Fort Loramie library 10 a.m.-noon;

• April 13 – Jackson Center library 9 a.m.-noon; and,

• April 13 – Russia library 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Any remaining kits may be available at these locations for a few days. After that, they will be available at the Extension office in Sidney. Kits will also be available at the open house at the People’s Garden at Agape Distribution from 9-11 a.m. on April 13.

Residents of Auglaize and Mercer Counties should check with their respective OSU Extension offices for distribution times and locations in the counties.

“This would be a great opportunity to get your children or grandchildren involved in gardening,” said Doug Benson, volunteer coordinator of Shelby County Master Gardeners. “All of the plants are easy to grow and require little space.”

Victory Gardens, originally called war gardens, began during World War I. Their purpose was to have the public start vegetable gardens to supplement the overall food supply, and at the same time give them the feeling that they were helping in the war effort. The practice was revived during World War II with great success. With the ongoing rising food costs creating a hardship for many today, Victory Gardens are once again in vogue. Shelby County Master Gardener volunteers may be contacted for additional information by calling the Extension office at 937-498-7239 or emailing [email protected].

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