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Thank You!

Let the digging commence! Over 10,000 lucky plants found homes on Saturday, May 16th as the HCMGA hosted the 17th Annual Plant Sale!

Geraniums, oak trees, iris, daylilies, coneflowers, ferns and many more were painstakingly moved by our loyal and diligent volunteers to the fairgrounds and then to customer’s waiting hands.

Many gloves and shoes were worn thin in the process.

Thank you to all the industrious volunteers who stayed until the end.

To all those who waited in line and patiently shopped in the madness, we are forever grateful!

The money raised will fund college scholarships, assist teachers in local schools to motivate their students about the planet, and support the art and science of gardening in our community.

Updated Educational Opportunities for Master Gardeners

Updated Educational Opportunities for HCMGA Member Garden Tours has been posted

to the MEMBER section.

(Password required for access)

Master Gardener Timekeeping Help

 Time clock

For our Master Gardeners that could use a reminder on how to enter hours.

Click on “Enter Volunteer Hours” At the top of the LEFT MENU and you will be taken to the Purdue site to enter your volunteer and educational hours.

If you could use a refresher on entering your time, At the second item on the LEFT MENU, click on “On-line Reporting Instructions.  (This opens up a PDF file on your computer or mobile device.  You must have the free Adobe reader installed to open PDF files.  Depending on your device, you may be asked if you want to open or save the PDF file.  Either choice is safe.)



Purdue University Garden Publications


Purdue University

Garden Publications

Spring is here, and with it come lawn and garden projects to maintain and to beautify your home and garden.  Purdue University provides several ‘HO’ or home owners series of documents designed to help you find the right answer to your questions.

For more information, click here.



ABC's of Gardening - C

C is for Compost

 C is for Compost.

Compost builds wonderful soil which grows healthy plants. The do’s and don’ts of what to compost are simple:

Do compost: leaves, shrub trimmings, grass clippings, newspaper, coffee grounds, tea leaves, fruit & veggie trimmings, eggshells, garden refuse, animal manure (vegetarian), weeds w/o seed heads.

Don’t compost: dog & cat waste, diseased plants, meat scraps, butter, grease, oil, sawdust, charcoal briquettes, weeds gone to seed.

Composting tips:

  • The smaller material is chopped, the faster it decomposes
    • Chipper/shredders are great for handling dried garden stalks, small shrub branches. Without shredding, woody branches will not decompose sufficiently.
  • Add an activator to speed up results (bone meal, blood meal, alfalfa meal)
    • An activator is not necessary in a well-balanced pile. Just add a bit of dirt occasionally.
  • You can keep an open pile in a semi shaded area to keep it from drying out.
  • Open piles without black plastic will take several months, maybe up to a year, to decompose sufficiently


  • Unpleasant odor?
    • It could need aeration – turn the pile.
    • Odor could be caused by overwatering – add dry leaves or wood chips.
  • Pile not getting hot in center (not decomposing)?
    • It could need nitrogen; add grass clippings or kitchen scraps & a little shovelful of dirt to activate.
    • Turn the pile to introduce brown material in the green
    • It may need more moisture. 

More information can be found in these Purdue publications on household composting and managing yard waste.





Cheaper Vegetables?


I am often told; “It is cheaper to buy fruits and vegetables than to raise them.”  I have nothing to say in reply.  There are many cheap things we can have.  Experience has proved that one of the best things we can have is a garden, either to work in or to visit daily when the season permits.  We have but one life to live here, and to get the cheapest things out of it is a rather poor ambition.

-E. P. Roe
The Home Acre