Steve Mayer, Extension Educator-Horticulture, for Purdue Extension-Marion County, serves as coordinator and instructor for the Purdue Master Gardener program in Marion County.
October 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: Plant hardy spring-flowering bulbs when nighttime soil temperature at planting depth is below 60 degrees F (or nighttime air temperatures stay between 40-50 degrees) (HO-86). https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?itemID=11161
- Second Week: It is not too late to core aerate actively growing lawns to relieve soil compaction and reduce thatch. Remember, good soil moisture is needed so that the tines can penetrate to a depth of about three inches (AY-8). https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/ay/ay-8-w.pdf
- Third Week: Wait until the leaves drop before pruning trees and shrubs. Do not prune spring flowering plants in fall. This reduces the floral display in spring (HO-4). https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/HO/HO-4-W.pdf
- Fourth Week: To reduce pest problems next spring, give the garden a good cleanup this fall if insects or diseases were a problem. https://www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/yardandgarden/putting-the-garden-to-bed/
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Manual High School Garden
Master Gardeners harvested 349.7 pounds of vegetables (as of September 22nd) from the Manual High School garden for their food pantry (photos: Steve Mayer, 9/21/17).
Master Gardener volunteers helped build twelve 8-foot raised beds this year at Manual High School. Twelve Master Gardeners worked in the garden this year. As of September 22, they volunteered a total of 236.5 hours and harvested 349.7 pounds of vegetables for the Manual High School food pantry. If you are interested in helping this year or in 2018, please contact MayerSL@purdue.edu.
Demonstration Garden Update
The demonstration garden will continue until cold weather kills the plants this fall. Master Gardeners made significant harvests through the month of September. On Saturday, September 30, almost 128 pounds (127 pounds & 15 ounces) of produce were harvested from the demonstration garden. The two front circles were seeded with a cover crop (a mixture of crimson clover and oats).