Around the Community, In The News

Master Gardener Presentation at the Home and Garden Show

Springtime is right around the corner, as is The Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show where our designer and master gardener at J. Lynne, Judith Nastally, will be giving a presentation on several native plants and the historical uses and practices of growing and cultivating these locally growing plants. Judith has an intense passion for native plants and how they provide food and shelter for specialized insect species that keep our local ecosystems happy and healthy.

She will be giving this presentation Friday March 2 2018at 1:00 PM.

Judith has a wealth of knowledge and experience with native plants and this talk is one to attend for anyone interested in local plants, insects, and ecology. She is available to give talks and presentations throughout the community on the historical uses of native plants. If you are interested in hosting Judith for a presentation you can email her at jlynneassociates@gmail.com or click here.

 

Around the Community, Uncategorized

‘Native Friendly Trees, Shrubs & Perennials’ Presentation at Sophia’s Portico

This month Judith will be giving a presentation at Fort Wayne’s Sophia’s Portico on the use of native plants in gardens. This program will briefly touch on the origin of ideas about gardens which come mainly from Europe. You will learn how to help our environment with native plants and will be enticed to plant these wonderfully effective, functional members of our region. Come discover the interactions between plants and insects which hold keys to supporting our pollinators. Fall is a great time to learn how to be apart of this environmentally friendly growing trend.

The presentation costs $15 to attend and will be held on October 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

For Homeowners, Uncategorized

Tips From Purdue Extension

A great resource we have here in Northeast Indiana is the Purdue Extension office. Below are a few tips from Rosie Lerner’s article Gardeners-Start Your Sprinklers, click to read the full article.

“Most gardeners are accustomed to watering flower beds and vegetable gardens. These plants require approximately 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week to maintain healthy flowers, foliage, roots, and fruits. Watering is most critical at pollination and fruit set time for most vegetable crops. Use a mulch where possible to conserve what moisture there is.

“The best way to apply the water is by thoroughly soaking the soil with water in one application. This deep watering will encourage deeper root growth which in turn will be better able to withstand the drought. Frequent shallow watering encourages shallow roots which are more likely to succumb to heat and drying of the top soil. Sandy soil and containerized plants will need more frequent irrigation.

“Watering of landscape and fruit plants should be aimed at where the roots naturally occur. While these woody plants do have some roots that grow very deep, most of the feeder roots that are responsible for water uptake occur in the top 18 inches of top soil. Most of these feeder roots are concentrated below the dripline of the plant and beyond, not up close to the trunk. Allow water to thoroughly soak the target area.

“The ideal time to water is during the early morning hours, ending by 8:00AM. This makes maximum use of water while allowing foliage to dry,” which helps prevent susceptibility to disease.

These are all good tips and information to take in and keep in mind while you’re tending your plants throughout the growing season.