Extension Publications


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


HO-136


Gourds (HO-135-W)

Purdue Extension Publication


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


Small Plot and Intensive Vegetable Gardening (HO-124-W)

Purdue Extension Publication


This publication will help you get your small garden off to a good start and guide you to maximizing the rewards from your gardening efforts. The publication offers advice about planning, seed selection, transplanting, summer care and harvesting.


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