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Last frost came late this year, May 24 for some local areas. By now, all your tender plants should be in: basil, tomatoes, peppers and frost-susceptible flowers, like cannas and dahlias.  
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After a long winter, encouraging signs of spring have appeared. The snowdrops, crocuses and scilla are blooming, bright spots of color among all the dead leaves. Now's the time to uncover your garden and flower beds, rake up the leaves, sticks and dried plant stems from last season.  
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Now is a good time, while plants are still small, to get your tomato cages around the plants and tie climbing beans and cucumbers to trellises. Mulching around strawberries, potatoes and sweet potatoes with straw will help keep weeds down and roots moist.
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You can also divide perennials now, while they are still coming to life. Hostas, sedum, day lilies, iris and chives all divide easily this early in the season.  
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Radishes, lettuces, strawberries and swiss chard should be ready for harvest now or soon. Irises are finishing their blooming, and peonies are just beginning. The blackberries are blooming now, too, in anticipation of luscious dark berries in early August...
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Cold weather plants can go in now, as well. Home Depot has broccoli and cabbage plants in, and Farmer's Market vendors have onion and leek plants. Radishes, lettuce, potatoes, swiss chard, and beets can also go in.
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If you have been itching to get your fingers in the dirt, now's the time. Go to it!
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Dig in!
 

Revision as of 20:43, 1 April 2009

Local Gardening Links

Other Links




Contents

SJCPL Gardening Resources

New Gardening books on our Shelves

<div class="floatleft">Tending your garden</div> <div class="floatleft">American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants</div> <div class="floatleft">Kids' Container Gardening</div> <div class="floatleft">Square Foot Gardening</div>
You Grow Girl A-Z Encyclopedia
of Garden Plants
Kids' Container
Gardening
Square Foot
Gardening
<div class="floatleft">Easy Orchids</div> <div class="floatleft">The Garden Maker's Manual</div> <div class="floatleft">The Moosewood Restaurant Kitchen Garden</div>
Easy Orchids The Garden
Maker's Manual
The Moosewood Restaurant
Kitchen Garden

Gardening Magazine Subscriptions


Gardening Tips

Spring is here!
Snowdrops.jpeg

After a long winter, encouraging signs of spring have appeared. The snowdrops, crocuses and scilla are blooming, bright spots of color among all the dead leaves. Now's the time to uncover your garden and flower beds, rake up the leaves, sticks and dried plant stems from last season.

You can also divide perennials now, while they are still coming to life. Hostas, sedum, day lilies, iris and chives all divide easily this early in the season.

Cold weather plants can go in now, as well. Home Depot has broccoli and cabbage plants in, and Farmer's Market vendors have onion and leek plants. Radishes, lettuce, potatoes, swiss chard, and beets can also go in.

If you have been itching to get your fingers in the dirt, now's the time. Go to it!



Community Garden Resources

Farmer's Market

Visit the Farmer's Market for fresh, seasonal produce and garden plants.

1105 Northside Boulevard
South Bend, IN 46615

Open Year-round

Tuesday & Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (May through September)
Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Purdue Master Gardener

The Purdue Master Gardener Program provides residents of Indiana with training in a variety of horticultural subjects. Participants in the program then volunteer to serve as gardening educators in their communities. Local contact information is available on the web.



Definitions & History

The Wikipedia has some fascinating information about gardening and its history


Last updated: -- Mrs. B October 2007

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