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Start seeds of warm-season plants, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, marigolds, zinnias and petunias, indoors for transplanting later to the garden.
Harden off transplants started earlier in spring before planting outdoors - gradually expose the young plants to outdoor conditions of wind, brighter sunlight and lower moisture.
Apply fertilizer to houseplants according to label directions as days grow brighter and longer and new growth begins. Foliage plants require relatively high nitrogen fertilizer, while blooming plants thrive on formulations that are higher in phosphorus.
Keep Easter lily in a bright, cool location, out of direct sunlight. Water as soil begins to dry. The yellow pollen-bearing anthers inside the flower can be removed by pinching to prevent staining of the petals.
YARD (Lawns, woody ornamentals and fruits)
Plant a tree in celebration of National Arbor Day, April 26. Bare-root stock should be planted before new top growth begins. Balled- and-burlapped and containerized stock can still be planted later in spring.
Fertilize woody plants before new growth begins. Two pounds of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet should be sufficient.
Complete pruning chores, removing dead and injured branches first.
Apply a prebloom, multipurpose orchard spray to fruit trees.
Remove winter coverings from roses, but keep mulch nearby for protection from late freezes. Prune and fertilize as needed.
Apply pre-emergent herbicide to control crabgrass in lawns. Approximate dates of application are April 1 to April 20 in southern Indiana and April 21 to May 10 in northern Indiana.
GARDEN (Flowers, vegetables and small fruits)
Plant seeds of cool-season crops directly in the garden, as soon as soil dries enough to be worked. When squeezed, soil should crumble instead of forming a ball. Cool-season crops that can be direct-seeded include peas, lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips and Swiss chard.
Plant transplants of cool-season crops, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and onions.
Plant or transplant asparagus and rhubarb crowns. For best plant establishment, do not harvest until the third year after planting.
Plant sections of certified, disease-free potato “seed” tubers.
Allow foliage of spring-flowering bulbs to remain in place after blooms fade. Leaves manufacture the food reserves, which are then stored in the bulb for a repeat showing next year.
Plant hardy perennials, such as daylilies and delphiniums.
Start tuberous begonias and caladiums indoors for transplanting to garden later.
Remove winter mulch from strawberries, but keep mulch handy in case late frosts are predicted and to help keep weeds under control.
Plant or transplant strawberries, raspberries and other small fruit.
Prune grape vines to remove dead or weakened limbs, and repair support trellises as needed.
GARDEN SHOW CALENDAR
April 5-6 – Midwest Regional Daffodil Show hosted by Indiana Daffodil Society, Holliday Park Nature Center, Indianapolis, http://www.daffodilusa.org
April 6 - Monroe County GardenFair, Indiana National Guard Armory, Bloomington http://www.mcmga.net/gardenfair.htm
April 13-14 - Purdue SpringFest (including Student Hort Show and Bug Bowl), Purdue West Lafayette Campus, http://www.extension.purdue.edu/sfest/
April 14 - Boone County Gardenfest, Boone County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, http://www.bccn.boone.in.us/mg/
April 20 - Hendricks County “Gardening for All Ages,” Hendricks County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, http://www.hendricksgardeners.com
April 27 - Tippecanoe County Master Gardeners’ Garden Expo, Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds, Lafayette, http://www.tippecanoemastergardener.org/news.html
May 3-5 - Orchard in Bloom Garden Show, Holliday Park, Indianapolis, http://www.orchardinbloom.org/
May 4-5 - Indiana Gourd Society State Show, Boone County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, http://www.indianagourdsociety.org/
The Cincinnati Flower Show will return spring 2014. The Cincinnati Horticultural Society is planning several smaller garden-inspired activities in place of the larger show. Check the website in coming months for details on the 2014 show.
– Rushville Republican
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- Purdue, Ohio State partner to help farmers control marestail WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue and Ohio State University Extension have partnered to publish a new fact sheet aimed at helping farmers battle herbicide-resistant marestail and its yield-reducing affects on soybeans. Marestail, also referred to as horseweed,
- Corn crops expected to set record, but not as large as anticipated WEST LAFAYETTE - The U.S. corn crop is projected to reach record production this year but won't be quite as large as initially expected because heavy spring rain in parts of the country prevented some acres from being planted, according to the U.S. D
- Gwinnup retirement open house announced Deanna Gwinnup will be retiring after 31 years of service at the Rush/Shelby Farm Service Agency. An open house will be held in her honor from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Manilla USDA Service Center, 2779 S 840 W, Manilla.
- 13th Annual Rushville Farm Toy Show Nov. 10 Don't miss this opportunity to add to your farm toy collection and get ahead on your Christmas shopping. The 13th Annual Rushville Farm Toy Show will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Rush County Fairgrounds. Admission is fre
- 2014 Agricultural Outlook Program The Purdue Extension Service of Rush County will present a program titled "Agricultural Outlook 2014" at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Rush County Fairgrounds in the Root Building. The program is free to the public and is designed to
- 4H Poinsettia fundraiser underway Rush County 4-H is once again conducting their Poinsettia Fundraiser. The plants are available in red, white, pink and marble and are $7 each. They come in 6" gold foil pots. Plants will be 16" - 18" tall. Orders will be taken until plants
- Kuhn places entry in Livestock Expo Caroline Kuhn, of Manilla, has entered eight head of Showdown sheep at the approaching 40th annual North American Livestock Exposition (NAILE). The NAILE is recognized as the world's largest purebred livestock show with more than 26,000 ent
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