In the Organic Garden: Week of April 24, 2017

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April 24 to 30, 2017 Our visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden earlier this week was inspiring. This week we’re tending the vegetable garden, weeding, and heading to the Indy Urban Acres Plant Sale this weekend!

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Foraging Springtime Delicacies from Indiana Forests

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Editor’s note: Gardener and potions master Jason McClintock is a lover of both forests and fine food. Here, he talks about some of his favorite wild, edible plants. As always when foraging, use a good guidebook and common sense.

Before joining the Spotts team, I worked as a cook at a fine dining restaurant. Despite knowing early on that I would not pursue cooking as a career, I gained a passion for fresh, locally grown and foraged foods. Working in a restaurant exposes employees to ingredients that are hard to find in local grocery stores. I’d like to talk about a few early spring delicacies that I worked with in the kitchen and have found hiking in local forests. Read more ›

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In the Organic Garden: Week of April 17, 2017

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April 17 to 23, 2017 As the tulips make their last big push, we’re sowing spring crops, composting gardens, and starting to plant shrubs and perennials.

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5 Ways to Deal with a Soggy Garden

April showers bring water runoff. After a hard spring rain, a quick walk through your garden will show areas where water is pooling and spots that are eroding from water runoff.

Water is too precious a resource to be treated as a problem! Even one of these five strategies will help manage water runoff. But in combination, they’re even more powerful. Read more ›

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The Organic Kitchen Garden

Amy F's organic kitchen garden takes advantage of raised beds to maximize a sliver of space in the garden.

We say, bring back the kitchen garden! Whether it’s a window box full of mint for mojitos or a garden of raised beds, the kitchen garden deserves to reappear in our lives.

Fine food begins in the garden. One of our favorite writers pointed out that the French and Italians, known for their cuisine, have a long tradition of kitchen gardens located just outside the door. The French term potager literally means “for the pot,” a garden where you dash out to see what’s ready to harvest before beginning your cooking.

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In the Organic Garden: Week of April 10, 2017

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April 10 to 16, 2017: Warmer temperatures and plentiful rain make it a great week to get spring vegetables in the ground. We’re also spreading compost and deadheading daffodils this week.

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Home-Delivered Bouquets from Spotts Flower Farm

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Flower lovers have a new option for home-delivered bouquets: flowers grown on the Spotts Flower Farm!

Our Spotts Garden Service gardeners have chosen the most beautiful annuals, perennials, and shrubs to create gorgeous, unusual, and hyper-local bouquets for you. We grow the flowers for our bouquets right across the street from Spotts Garden Service in the heart of Indianapolis. Read more ›

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In the Organic Garden: Week of April 3, 2017

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April 3 to 9, 2017: We’re watching the thermometer this week, hoping to avoid frosty nights that nip our fruit tree blooms. But the soil is plenty warm to plant spring vegetables!

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What to See and Do in the Zone 6 April Garden

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It’s still mud season in central Indiana, but April is a prime month for blooming shrubs and trees.

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Creating a Home Orchard (Even in a Small Garden)

cherry tree home orchard

The next step in our on-going creation of a garden at Spotts Garden Service is to plant our own orchard. It’s a little one, with trees that top out at just 8′ tall and wide, but it will give us fruit for five months of the year! Follow along as we show you how we chose what to include in the SGS orchard.

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