With everybody from the Obamas to the Obeans taking up vegetable gardening, it’s a good time to remind everyone that the Cooperative Extension Service has been a trusted source of gardening information for more than a century. Here are some of the materials available from Purdue Extension:
A Beginner's Guide to Vegetable
helps Midwestern gardeners choose vegetables, pick plantingtimes, and work toward a wonderful harvest. The CD, which works on Windows and Classic Macintosh computers (does NOT work on OS X—but a new version will be out soon)
Indiana Vegetable Planting Calendar
includes a chart that lists earliest dates for spring planting of selected vegetables. Suggested dates for fall garden planting are also given. This is a free, downloadable PDF file (176K).
Home Gardener's Guide
discusses planning a vegetable garden, planting, fertilization, care, harvesting, and storage recommendations. This is a free, downloadable PDF file (220K).
Starting Seeds Indoors
describes how you can start plants indoors and then transplant them to flower sooner and produce an earlier harvest than those started directly outdoors. This is a free, downloadable PDF file (70K).
Leafy Greens for the Home Garden
discusses leafy greens for the home garden and gives suggestions for planning, planting, culture, control of insects, and harvesting and storage. This is a free, downloadable PDF file (60K).
Organic Vegetable Production
covers soil, soil fertility, seeds and transplants, and safety and pest management. This is a free, downloadable PDF file (7.6MB — Please, note very large file size).
For more gardening information, check the Purdue Consumer Horticulture page.
Container and Raised Bed Gardening
discusses containers, growing media, planting, controlling pests and raised beds. A table is included listing the suggested container sizes. Recipes for growing media are also provided. This is a free, downloadable PDF file (72K).
Preserving and Storing Foods
As the bounty of our gardens, orchards and farm fields arrives in our homes, many Hoosiers look for ways to preserve the foods that are so abundant
now. Purdue Extension has a number of free, online publications that tell you how to freeze, can, dehydrate and store fresh fruits and vegetables.