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Emerald Ash Borer

May Have Spread to Different Tree



The emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, according to a researcher at Wright State University. Professor Don Cipollini has found that the invasive green beetle has apparently begun to attack white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus).

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What's does it feel like to be a Purdue Master Gardener?

Well, it feels a little like this, as shown by the Coxhall Gardens video.

You can visit Coxhall Gardens at 2000 W. 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032


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.


To: Hamilton County Master Gardeners

Subject: Banquet

Please send your completed banquet form with check to the Fairgrounds Office, at HCMGA, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville, IN 46060 by  Friday, October 31, 2014.

Banquet Form 2014