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Get your fingers in the dirt
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Enjoying the last weeks of summer always includes harvest for the gardener. Tomatoes are ripening, peaches are ready, local sweet corn is available, green beans, zucchini and other summer squashes - the variety is endless.  Keep your harvest picked, so plants will produce more, and remember to keep the weeds down so you can see the fruits of your labor!
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Every gardener knows that this is the most difficult part of the gardening year. You've sharpened your tools and ordered your seeds, but you can't get out and start digging - the weather just won't cooperate.
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Pests can be a problem, too - everything from bean beetles to raccoons that take bites of almost perfect veggies. There are many commercial products for pest control, but an organic spray for beetles that can help is made up of common household products:
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To get your fingers in the dirt now, try this: take a styrofoam egg carton. Poke holes in each cup using a fork. Remove the top of the carton with a utility knife and put under the cups to use as a drainage tray.  
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1/2 gallon water
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1 T. dishwashing liquid
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1/4 c. vinegar
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2 t. cayenne pepper flakes
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Fill each cup with potting soil. Put a few seeds in each cup and water. Put on a sunny windowsill and keep moist. Within the week, your seeds should sprout and you'll have a head start on your garden.
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Mix together and spray on leaves and pests.  
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For other get ready garden and seed starting tips, try one of these books from the library:
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[http://encore.sjcpl.lib.in.us/iii/encore/search/C%7CSall+new+illustrated+guide+to+gardening%7COrightresult%7CU1?lang=eng&suite=pearl The All New Illustrated Guide to Gardening]
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[http://encore.sjcpl.lib.in.us/iii/encore/record/C%7CRb1868440%7CSpruning%7COrightresult%7CX5?lang=eng&suite=pearl The Pruning Book]
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[http://encore.sjcpl.lib.in.us/iii/encore/record/C%7CRb1764001%7CSgardening+year+round%7CP0%2C9%7COrightresult%7CX1?lang=eng&suite=pearl Tending Your Garden: A Year Round Guide to Garden Maintenance]
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Revision as of 15:24, 6 August 2010

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SJCPL Gardening Resources

Gardening Magazine Subscriptions


Gardening Tips

Harvest time!
Ripe tomatoes.jpeg

Enjoying the last weeks of summer always includes harvest for the gardener. Tomatoes are ripening, peaches are ready, local sweet corn is available, green beans, zucchini and other summer squashes - the variety is endless. Keep your harvest picked, so plants will produce more, and remember to keep the weeds down so you can see the fruits of your labor!

Pests can be a problem, too - everything from bean beetles to raccoons that take bites of almost perfect veggies. There are many commercial products for pest control, but an organic spray for beetles that can help is made up of common household products:

1/2 gallon water 1 T. dishwashing liquid 1/4 c. vinegar 2 t. cayenne pepper flakes

Mix together and spray on leaves and pests.



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.


Community Gardens of Michiana

Are you interested in starting a garden in your neighborhood, or participating in one that's already going? Contact Community Gardens of Michiana for more information!



Definitions & History

The Wikipedia has some fascinating information about gardening and its history


Last updated: -- Mrs. B March 4, 2010

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