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April Home & Garden Show

Visit our booth at the Annual Home & Garden Show. We’ll be answering your gardening questions and providing information on pollinators, our upcoming plant sale on May 13th, and on a Master Gardener Training Course this Fall! As always, there will be an activity for the kids!

The Annual Home & Garden Show is sponsored by The Salem Leader and is located at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 118 N Fair Street, Salem IN 47167. Hours are Friday, April 27th, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 28th, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Attend a meeting to win big!

Good Earth Master Gardener meetings are held the second Thursday of every month and if you attend, you will have a chance to be one of our monthly winners!

Meetings are open to the public!

Join us for a FREE training presentation and stay for a short meeting, and you will be eligible for our monthly end-of-meeting drawing for great, new gardening related items.

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Our first winner, Suzanne Bundy!

 

* For upcoming dates and presenters, see our “Members” page.

 


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Annual Plant Sale Success!

Master Gardener volunteers, and many more customers, made our Annual Good Earth Master Gardeners Plant Sale a success.  This year’s theme: Butterflies and pollinators.


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Spring Home & Garden Show

Great success at this year’s Spring Home & Garden Show at the Washington County Fairgrounds.  The weather kept us a bit cool and damp at times but we had a great response to both our booth and our kids’ table.

Winner of the $25 Gift Certificate for the Plant Sale was Paulette Miller of Salem.

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Horticultural Science Course to benefit Master Gardeners

UPDATE: This course is approved for education hours for current Master Gardeners!   

(Does not include advanced education hours.)

Dusty Baker Adamson will be teaching an open enrollment Horticultural Science (Gardening) course at the local Salem Homeschool Academy housed at Southern Hills Church in Salem.  Please share this information with anyone that might be interested in attending and learning about basic gardening.

The course will run Mondays for 8-weeks, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., beginning March 30th.

Cost is $40 plus a $20 supply fee.

All proceeds will be donated to the Salem Homeschool Academy and the Good Earth Master Gardeners!

Course Description: This is an eight-week multi-age gardening course introducing plant basics, Indiana soils, gardening tools and techniques, plant propagation, plant types, growing food vs. ornamental and landscape planting, garden planning and layouts, plant identification, diseases and pests, permaculture, sustainability and forest gardening. Students will diagram gardens for their homes, plant seedlings, and delineate soils in the classroom. In Week 7, students will participate in a field trip to practice plant identification and propagation through division, while also taking home starter plants. 

Week 1: Plant Basics, Plant Names & Identification: Learn parts of a plant, life cycles, how plants work, plant taxonomy, and steps in plant identification

Week 2: Indiana Soils & Fertilizers: Explore the components of soil, pH Values, the soil triangle, texture, organic matter, nutrients, problems and solutions

Week 3: Gardening Tools & Techniques: Types of tools, contamination, seasonal care, watering, mulching, containers, potting mixes, composting

Week 4: Plant Propagation: Growing plants from seeds, storing seeds, germination, nurturing seedlings, asexual propagation (cuttings, layering, divisions, grafting), indoor propagation

Week 5: Vegetables, Herbs, & Fruit: Types, requirements, preparation, fertilization, transplants, basic care, harvesting, culinary herbs, fruit varieties, pollination

Week 6: Garden Planning & Diagramming, Ornamental vs. Landscape: Learn how to plan a garden, considering soil and plant types, sun exposure, utilizing native species, etc.

Week 7: Plant Diseases & Pests (Diagnosing): Fungi, viruses, signs and symptoms, arthropods, beneficial insects, slugs and snails, vertebrate pests, preventing garden damage, with Field Trip, Tree & Plant Identification and Division Propagation

Week 8: Permaculture, Sustainability & Forest Gardening: Focus on reducing chemical use, pollution, yard waste, and water use, while utilizing environmental cues to plan and sustain a beautiful, prolific, and lasting garden that is in harmony with its surroundings.

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Below are a few pictures from my gardens.

For more, go to my gardening and permaculture blog, permie love!

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Sewing February Seeds

Tractor Supply Seed Donation

 

Thanks to everyone for the great turnout at the February meeting.  Also, special thanks go out to Kim Bryant, of Bryant Farms, for her very informative presentation, and to Salem Tractor Supply for the donation of seed packets!  Our next meeting is on March 12th at the Purdue Extension Office.

For photos of Kim Bryant’s presentation, visit our Photo Gallery.

 

 

 The following is a listing of some of the many shared products and vendors from Kim’s presentation:

Fox Farm – Soil and Fertilizer (Organic)

Fung-onil – Multipurpose fungicide

Garden Safe – Neem Oil Extract (Organic)

Grotek – Kick Start

HPS (Horticultural Products and Services Division) – Seeds

Johnny’s Selected Seeds – Seeds and Gardening Tools

Organicide – Plant Doctor (Organic)

Rupp Seeds

Worm’s Way – Gardening Supplies