Boone County Purdue Extension, 1300 East 100 South, Lebanon, IN 46052 [email protected] 765-482-0750

Growing Dahlias

On May 20th the Zionsville Cultural District distributed free dahlia tubers to the public at the Zionsville Farmers Market. The purchase of these dahlia tubers was made possible by a 2023 Boone County Master Gardeners Education grant.  The… Read More

Winter Sowing

Now is the time to get your supplies ready for winter sowing of seeds that need stratification or cold, moist conditions in order to germinate.  The sowing time in our zone 5 area for these seeds begins with… Read More

The Great Eggplant Experiment and Cover Crops

A team of Boone County Master Gardeners working at the Lebanon Church of Christ Community Gardens decided to try an experiment in the eggplant raised garden.  Half of the bed was planted with ‘Black Beauty’ Eggplant starts.  This… Read More

When Should I Plant My Garden?

One hears that tomatoes, and tender flower annuals should be planted when there is no danger of frost. Often the date of May 10th or 15th is mentioned as the last frost date in Central Indiana.  But there… Read More

Gardening Tip

How Do You Know the Correct Time to Till your Garden Soil? Do the Tennis Ball Test. Dig down in your garden about 4-6” and pack the soil into a tennis ball.  Then drop the ball onto the… Read More

Indiana Winter Farmers’ Markets

By Holly Catron, Boone County Master Gardener Have you experienced an Indiana winter farmers’ market? Here is an opportunity to address food insecurity and improve nutrition in our communities. We moved to Fishers in February, two years ago…. Read More

Early Summer Garden Tips

With so many first-time vegetable gardeners this year I want to provide some tips on issues to look out for and practices to help your garden during the early portion of summer. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are the most popular… Read More

GARDENING: A Guide for Community Gardens during the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 25, 2020 Community gardens offer many benefits — gardening knowledge, social bonding and, most importantly, the increased production and consumption of nutritious, fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, people may be unsure… Read More

Sunflower Head-Clipping Weevil

At a recent Master Gardener meeting, Susan Kovach asked if anyone had the problem of purple coneflowers having their flower heads almost cut off and left hanging toward the ground. Four summers ago I noticed this problem in… Read More

Tomato Leaf Spots

I’ve been surprised – and gratified – at how few calls I’ve received about tomatoes this year. Let’s face it, this has been as lousy a year for growing them as it has been for most other crops…. Read More