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Avid gardeners are seeing signs of life in their gardens this time of year. Snowdrops and crocuses are done, hyacinths and daffodils are blooming, tulilps are in foliage and peony shoots are showing their red heads through the snow - no wait, rain - nope, snow after all.
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The heat of summer is upon us, and the shortage of rain is apparent to all growing things. Grass is dormant and turning brown. Plants can be shorter, flower or go to seed earlier from the stress of a drought.  
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This is a good time to clear any leaves and dead stems that appeared after fall clean up and apply new mulch to your flower beds. This helps stop the weeds before they even get started. It is also a good time to divide perennials like day lilies, hostas and iris - you may still even get flowers this year from the transplanted tubers and roots.
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Watering will help your plants survive and do well. Water early in the morning or later in the evening when it is cooler. Cooler temperatures slow evaporation, and the difference between water and air temperatures is less. This shocks plants less.
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Check your tool cabinet for anything you are lacking. Good hand pruners, a potato fork, hoe and spade are basic garden tools that everyone should have. Gloves are good to spare your hands blisters while you dig, even if you like to have your fingers in the dirt planting. Kneeling pads, different shovels, rakes, garden cart, buckets or watering cans and hoses come in handy, as well.  
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Keep flowers deadheaded. Mulch keeps roots cool and holds moisture in. Manure tea is an excellent organic fertilizer - use an old pillow case as your "tea bag". Instructions for making it [http://www.ehow.com/how_14654_make-manure-tea.html here] and [http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art42547.asp here].
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Keep your plants free of pests. One recipe for organic pest repellent is 1 quart water, 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap. Spray directly on leaves and insects. Repeat once a week as needed.
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Revision as of 21:13, 25 June 2007

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

Blooming in the heat
Purple coneflower.jpg

The heat of summer is upon us, and the shortage of rain is apparent to all growing things. Grass is dormant and turning brown. Plants can be shorter, flower or go to seed earlier from the stress of a drought.

Watering will help your plants survive and do well. Water early in the morning or later in the evening when it is cooler. Cooler temperatures slow evaporation, and the difference between water and air temperatures is less. This shocks plants less.

Keep flowers deadheaded. Mulch keeps roots cool and holds moisture in. Manure tea is an excellent organic fertilizer - use an old pillow case as your "tea bag". Instructions for making it here and here.

Keep your plants free of pests. One recipe for organic pest repellent is 1 quart water, 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap. Spray directly on leaves and insects. Repeat once a week as needed.

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: --Michael 1:42, 7 January 2006 (EST)

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