Category Archives: Gardening/Landscaping

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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…

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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…

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Northwest Indiana farmers markets

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:…

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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 GARDEN Show 2020

LaPorte County’s Garden Show – Cancelled

     La Porte County Master Gardeners SPRING GARDEN SHOW is Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Michigan City High School from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Beth Botts will be the Keynote Speaker with other adult sessions and programs for children. There will be an all-day Kids Fun Zone and a Kid’s Scavenger Hunt.There will be vendors…

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Hoosier Riverwatch Training by Shirley Heinze

Hoosier Riverwatch Training by Shirley Heinze Trust

​Join Nicole Messacar, Education Coordinator with the LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District, for a free workshop where you will learn about water quality  and gain hands-on experience and skills to become a volunteer for Hoosier Riverwatch. By participating in Hoosier Riverwatch, citizens of Indiana can become active stewards of our water resources through watershed education,…

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Spring Lawn and Garden Tips!

by Blain’s Farm and Fleet When winter has dragged on, it can be hard to wait to plant your garden. But if you try digging in your garden too early, you may end up doing more damage than good. Luckily, Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help with a list of ideas to keep…

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LaPorte Spring Garden Show

     La Porte County Master Gardeners SPRING GARDEN SHOW is Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Michigan City High School from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Beth Botts will be the Keynote Speaker with other adult sessions and programs for children. There will be an all-day Kids Fun Zone and a Kid’s Scavenger Hunt.There will be vendors…

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Taltree Arboretum Gardens Valparaiso Indiana

Gabis Arboretum

    Gabis Arboretum (formerly Taltree,) is home to one of the most diverse oak collections in the nation, welcomes nearly 50,000 guests annually to its beautiful vistas, diverse landscape and six miles of hiking trails. Damien and Rita Gabis made an initial purchase of land on the site in 1990. With additional land purchases…

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