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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A statewide series of community events hosted by Purdue University's College of Agriculture will help college-curious youth and parents learn more about multiple fields of study at Purdue while showcasing Purdue Extension programs.
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elementary school children learning about growing vegetables
When third-grader Anna McCloud learned the name of a bird flying near her school in Lafayette, Indiana, she was somewhat astounded. "I never knew that the chickadee was a real bird," she told a teacher. "I thought my dad was making it up." McCloud is among a growing number of Indiana students who are experiencing the outdoors as an educational extension of Indiana classrooms. Through The Nature of Teaching (TNT) initiative hosted by Purdue Extension, teachers across the state are exploring ways
Multiple bins allow for easy turning of compost
Autumn frosts usually means lots of cleanup around the yard and garden. Why not turn that yard waste into treasure? Composting is a naturally occurring process that breaks down organic materials into an excellent soil amendment that improves soil structure, as well as adds some nutrients. Composting will help you recycle your garden wastes, improve your soil and reduce disposal costs.
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Check houseplant leaves for brown, dry edges, which indicates too little relative humidity in the house. Increase humidity by running a humidifier, grouping plants or using pebble trays.
Red maple tree with red leaves for fall. Photo by: Lenny Far.ee
The calendar flipping over to October is a reminder the annual Autumn leaf color display is on its way. The perennial question is "how will the color be this year?"
Northern Watersnake (photo provided by R. Dearing)
"Ask An Expert" received questions regarding this juvenile snake found in homeowners downstairs living area. Late summer and early fall is a common time to see juvenile snakes because of dispersal.

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