Steve Mayer, Extension Educator-Horticulture, for Purdue Extension-Marion County, serves as coordinator and instructor for the Purdue Master Gardener program in Marion County.
November Garden Calendar Tips
Note: Letters and numbers following the tip refer to Purdue publications; other reference links on the topic may also be supplied.
- First Week: Winterize your water garden. Activities usually include cleaning leaves, cutting back emergent plants, removing tropical plants or moving them indoors, and sometimes moving fish. <http://www.purdue.edu/uns/html3month/021125.Lembi.ponds.html>
- Second Week: Fertilize the lawn this month after growth has slowed or stopped but while it is still green. Use a mostly quick release, high nitrogen fertilizer. This replaces early spring fertilization (AY-22).<https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/ay/ay-22-w.pdf>
- Third Week: Salad greens can be productive this time of year if grown in a cold frame. Build a hotbed or cold frame now to extend your growing season next year (HO-53).<https://hort.purdue.edu/hort/ext/Pubs/HO/HO_053.pdf>
- Fourth Week: Try dormant lawn seeding between December and February if the weather cooperates. The seed will lie there dormant (un-germinated) until warm temperatures return in the spring (AY-3). <https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/ay/ay-3-w.pdf>
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PE-MC Demonstration Garden Wins Foodscaping Landscape Design Challenge
This year All-America Selections challenged the AAS Display Gardens across the U.S. and parts of Canada to create a design based on the theme “Foodscaping-Interspersing Edibles in the Ornamental Garden.” Gardens were divided into three categories based on the number of visitors per year: A) Category I: fewer than 10,000 visitors, B) Category II: 10,001 – 100,000 visitors, and C) Category III: Over 100,000 visitors.
The First Place Winner in Category II for 2017 is the Purdue Extension-Marion County Demonstration Garden in Indianapolis, located on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This is the first year we entered an AAS landscape design contest. Many thanks to all of the Marion County Master Gardeners who worked in the demonstration garden this year!
The Second Place Winner in Category I is the Master Gardeners Association of Tippecanoe County in Lafayette, and the Southwest Indiana Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens in Evansville received honorable mention in the same category. All three gardens are official AAS Display Gardens that highlight the latest award-winning edibles and flowers. They also show gardening techniques and provide ideas to home gardeners.
More information and photos are found at: <http://all-americaselections.org/project/1st-place-purdue-extension-marion-county-demonstration-garden-indianapolis-indiana/> and <https://extension.purdue.edu/Marion/Pages/article.aspx?intItemID=26346>.
If you know a group who would like a tour of the demo garden in 2018, tell them to send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Best viewing time is mid-July to mid-September. The demo garden has a web page & Facebook page.