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Local Gardening Links

Other Links


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
Square Foot
<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
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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.

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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