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Groundhogs aside, local growers prepare for spring

Despite the fact that weather-predicting groundhogs Punxsutawney Phil and Buckeye Chuck disagreed Sunday on when spring would arrive, local residents began preparing for greener days ahead.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Participants browse available seeds and literature following Sunday’s Garden Planning Workshop hosted by the Logan County Farmers’ Market and Ohio State University Master Gardeners. ABOVE ABOVE: A panel consisting of, from left, Ohio State University Master Gardeners Karen Kennedy, Karen Feltham and Debbie Augustus, local farmers Beth Miller, Jan Dawson and Andy Reinhart and Logan County Farmers’ Market manager Chloe Manor field questions Sunday during the workshop. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

About 40 Logan County residents turned out for the second annual Garden Planning Workshop hosted by the Logan County Farmers’ Market and Ohio State University Master Gardeners Club.

The event, which featured a panel of six local experts answering specific questions, varied slightly from last year’s workshop which focused on starting seeds to transplant outdoors.

“We wanted to offer a forum where people could come with their questions and take advantage of these resources,” farmers’ market manager Chloe Manor said. “We did it a little bit different this year after requests by participants. The seed-starting workshop was great but this way we could open it up to more topics and there’s more room for more people.”

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