Make This the Year to Plan Once_ Plant Once

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					February, 2009 For those who share our interest in gardening –

Newsletter # 71

Specialist; Mike Ferree, Bartholomew County Extension Educator; Jenise Platt, Brown County Extension Educator; and Becky Pinto, Editor. "Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do - or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so." -Stanley Crawford

Make This the Year to Plan Once, Plant Once
Here are some steps to plotting a new garden spot. It’s time to plan ’09! • List the plants you wish to include, making a note alongside of the eventual height and spread of each. This way, when it’s time to plot them on graph paper or via a drawing program, you will have instant access to their sizes. Keep the number of species to a minimum, and repeat them. This will result in more visual impact than trying to incorporate too many species. Start with key plants, usually trees or shrubs. Place key plants where they will be most useful: as a backdrop, to screen the unsightly, to provide a focal point, or to add bulk to the overall design. Add accent plants next to provide contrast by way of shape, form and texture. Add groundcover and semi-permanent perennial plants last. Place them to meander through your key and accent plants to fill in the gaps until the permanent plants reach maturity.

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Shown above is a private garden in SW London designed by Mary Newstead, professional landscape designer and author. Her courtyard garden design called “Green is a Colour” won a Silver Medal at the 2003 Chelsea Flower Show. Visit her website at for more ideas.

Ivy Tech Offers Gardening Classes
Matt John, Ivy Tech’s Agriculture Program Chair, is offering two evening series at the Columbus/Ivy Tech campus from 5:30-7:30 starting in February. The following six gardening modules will be taught at the Ivy Tech greenhouse as follows: Universal Gardening Series Mondays, 2/16 through 7/13 • • • • • • 2/16 – soil testing, garden planning 3/16 - starting seeds indoors, planting 4/13 – vegetable, herb and flower planting 5/18 - watering, raised bed planting 6/15 – plant diseases and pests 7/13 – marketing and eating produce, fall garden preparation Homesteading 101 “Living and Gardening on a Few Acres” Wednesdays, 2/18 through 3/11 Universal Gardening Series, $20.00 per module Homesteading 101 series, $50.00 inclusive


For more information, contact Deanne Olivo, Continuing Education Director/Ivy Tech at (812) 374-5158 or e-mail

Mike’s Message Late Winter Home Invaders
With the occasional warm up and bright sunny days of late winter I usually get insect specimens brought in for identification. It is hard to think about insects at this time of year but they do show up in the home. The number one insect sample brought in thus far is the Boxelder bug. I started receiving calls regarding this insect last Fall. It is black and red and approximately a half-inch long. They and many other insects such as the notorious Asian Lady Bug have been overwintering in cracks and crevices of homes. The warm weather gets them active and they will venture inside the home. There is no need to treat with an insecticide. The best control measure is to sweep them up and throw them outside. When spring finally arrives, they will move away from the home and spend the rest of the season outside. If you want to prevent future invasions, make sure your house is sealed up around windows, doors, exterior walls etc.

Changes are underway in the Columbus-in-Bloom program. Jim Dietz, Chairman, is, of necessity, stepping down to concentrate on his “day job” as the Visitor’s Center’s Sports Tourism Director. Nominations for President and Vice President or other offices may be sent to Lou Marr, chair for the nominating committee. Lou’s e-mail address is: Begging for basil? Salivating for various and sundry fresh veggies? Have no fear, the Irwin Union parking lot space at 6th & Washington Street has been secured for the opening of the second consecutive year of the Farmer’s Market. Shop for fresh veggies and commune with your neighbors each Saturday morning from 9 AM – 12 PM, starting the first Saturday in June and running through the end of September. Sande welcomes your volunteer help this summer to assure the fair’s success. Contact her at if you can donate a Saturday morning or two. Linda Nay, program coordinator, is hoping to grow the Foundation For Youth’s Gardening program in 2009. You have received an e-mail from the Purdue/Columbus

Extension Office from Brenda Shireman dated December 31 outlining all the various ways that you can help. They include:

Program • Conducting a Tuesday gardening session at FFY (Jan. 9 through end of school year) • Various help with Explore Nature seminars to be presented at Columbus Youth Camp, 12454 W. Youth Camp Rd. on Monday, April 20th. This is an adult program to be held from 8:30-4:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. If you are able to help with any or all of the gardening program needs above, please contact Linda Nay or call her at 342-6602 or contact Sande Hummel at And don’t forget that your efforts count toward the volunteer hours necessary to maintain or advance your Master Gardener status!

• Making a tax-deductible donation to FFY, designated for the Youth Gardening

Contact the editor, Becky Pinto, at with comments or suggestions.

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