Category Archives: Gardening/Landscaping

Hall out the Holly, but Don’t Eat it

Holiday plants and greenery are cherished traditions. But under that pretty, green demeanor may be some toxins that are harmful to certain members of your family, including dogs and cats. Purdue Extension Porter County wants you and your family to be aware of some of the issues surrounding these holiday decorations.  Holly  All parts of…

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Winter Gardening Tips from Purdue Extension

Those Bulbs and Pull the Blanket Over Your Garden Fewer daylight hours; gray, rainy days and colder temperatures are reminders that winter is just a few quick weeks away. Use any days of sunshine to plant bulbs and put the garden to bed using this tips from Purdue Extension Porter County. Wrap Your Trees: Smooth…

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Fall Colors at LaPorte County Parks

    The beautiful autumn colors are illuminating the county.  Put on your walking shoes and discover the beauty of autumn in our four parks.  We have so many scenic trails you and your family can enjoy with the burst of colors shinning among the fall foliage.  Oh, and don’t forget your four legged pets two…

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Native Plant Symposium Planned for September 29th

The 7th Biennial Native Plant Symposium will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the St. John Township Community Center 1515 W. Lincoln Highway, Schererville,  hosted by Wild Ones, Gibson Woods Chapter. Registration begins at 8am – 9am with a hot lunch buffet from 11:15  Noon.. Following is the agenda.       Silent Spring & the…

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What to do About Brown Grass

Lawn looking pretty sad? Welcome to the club.   Summer can be tough times for otherwise lush lawns. This time of year it’s not uncommon to find lawns with big, brown patches; thin spots, or even grass that looks dead. The Purdue Extension Porter County feels your pain, according to John Nash, Purdue Master Gardener…

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Moisture-Induced Diseases Infect Tomatoes, Blue Spruce

Spots on tomato leaves may be a sign that recent rains are doing more harm than good in your garden. According to Purdue Extension – Porter County, adequate moisture is necessary but with too much rain, and temperatures and humidity in the high 90s, homeowners have concerns about blight on tomatoes and their Colorado blue…

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Farmers Markets – A Growing Business

by Indiana Farm Bureau       Indiana is home to more than 180 farmers markets, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s prime time for farmers markets in Indiana as most markets open for the summer in early June. Farmers markets, which serve as a link between urban and rural communities, are growing in popularity,…

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Protecting Your Garden from Cold Weather

Northwest Indiana has experienced an unusually cold Spring. Although Spring is here and gardeners everywhere are itching to get their vegetables planted and ensure their existing perennials bloom, but before you get ahead of yourself, make sure you are aware of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones and frost dates. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: It’s essential to…

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How To Make Your Northwest Indiana Garden More Patriotic

by Cassie Steele Northwest Indiana is the perfect place to live if you have green fingers. From planned county garden walks to gardening events for children and families, there are lots of cool gardening events to check out – and there are also lots of wonderful native plants that you can grow in your garden. Indiana is…

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LaPorte County’s Garden Show

     La Porte County Master Gardeners Spring Garden Show will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Fun and informative day for the WHOLE family, to be held at Michigan City High School from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. CDT.      There will be children’s workshops, craft and food vendors, ​gift bags, raffles and prizes!  …

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