Extension Horticulture Hints October by Steve Mayer

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

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2017 Manual High School Garden

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

On September 30, Master Gardeners harvested 33 pounds and 3 ounces of Chef’s Choice Orange Tomato (2014 AAS Winner) from the demonstration garden (photo: Steve Mayer, 9/30/17)

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).

On September 30, Master Gardeners harvested 33 pounds and 3 ounces of Chef’s Choice Orange Tomato (2014 AAS Winner) from the demonstration garden (photo: Steve Mayer, 9/30/17).

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