Extension Publications

Home Gardener’s Guide (HO-32-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication discusses planning a vegetable garden, planting, fertilization, care, harvesting, and storage recommendations. Tables are included providing a vegetable planting guide, the recommended nitrogen side-dressings, and adjusting the soil pH. Illustrations are given explaining how to make a blueprint of your garden plot, examples of commonly sold fertilizers, the proper way to plant seeds with a hoe, using newspaper to prevent plant wilting, and thinning carrots.

Spreading Ornamental Plants: Virtues and Vices (HO-295-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication is meant to serve as a precautionary guide for the gardener when choosing ornamental plants that may be overly aggressive and difficult to manage in a garden or landscape. The publication discusses plants commonly used as ground cover and traditional perennials.

Fertilizing Woody Plants (HO-140-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication discusses the importance of fertilizing with organic and inorganic fertilizers, uses of inorganic fertilizers, rates and methods of application, and special cases in fertilizing. Tables are included listing the spring and fall soil temperatures at a four-inch depth in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, averaged over an eighteen-year period, and rates for applying common fertilizer materials needed at different hole dimensions.

Collecting Soil Samples for Testing (HO-71-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication discusses timing, tools, techniques, sampling, and testing information for soil.

Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs (HO-4-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Correct pruning is essential maintenance for keeping trees and shrubs healthy in the home landscape. However, the thought of pruning makes many homeowners apprehensive. But this doesn’t have to be. This publication reviews the basics of pruning ornamental trees and shrubs in the home landscape.

Chinese Vegetables (HO-187-W) PDF

Purdue Extension Publication

Foreign cuisines are of great interest to the American cook, but high quality, authentic fresh ingredients are sometimes difficult to find. The culture of most Chinese vegetables is not complicated. You can provide the conditions that these plants require with a little innovation.

Indiana Vegetable Planting Calendar (HO-186-W) PDF

Purdue Extension Publication

Planting vegetable seeds or transplants at the correct time is determined by the soil temperature required for seeds to germinate and the temperature tolerance of the plants. This publication examines these factors and provides a range of planting dates for a variety of vegetable crops.

Growing Beans in the Home Vegetable Garden (HO-175-W) PDF

Purdue Extension Publication

This publication discusses the site, fertilization, storing seed, planting, water, weed control, insects, diseases, and bean types.

The Sweet Potato (HO-136-W)

Purdue Extension Publication


Gourds (HO-135-W)

Purdue Extension Publication

Discusses types of gourds, their culture, proper soil, fertilizing and planting, pest control, harvesting, preservation, and decorating.

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