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Gardening is a creative process. Many people incorporate art in the garden through statuary, pottery and even handwoven baskets.

Carrie Petty, master gardener, shares that she adores adding unique and antique items into the garden space, she joined us Friday to share how you can do it too. Here’s more from her.

I collect and use gardening antiques in the garden.

I love old-footed urns filled with ferns for a classic look or baskets filled with planted geraniums. Watering cans that are old and weathered are some of my favorite items to place around in special areas.

The key is to get creative and have fun! 

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Carrie Petty Master Gardener joined us Friday to talk spring pruning — what to prune and how to prune it!

It’s all in the bud and the direction of the bud, but don’t cut your bloom off.

Early spring bloomers like Forsythia, Red Bud, Dog Wood, Azalea, Rhododendron and Clematis vine can wait until right after the bloom fades, but Knock-Roses are great to prune 1/3 off the top.

For hydrangeas, it’s best to research the type of hydrangea you grow prior to making any cuts for fear of a long summer of no blooms.

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It’s happening! Spring is near, and it’s time to get busy in the garden! Carrie Petty, master gardener, joined us today with a few tips to help you start your garden off on the right foot this spring.

Get out there and take some stock of what’s happened over winter. We had a lot of freezing rain, so I am sure there are limbs to pick up and dead branches to prune away.

This is a great time to include the kids too particularly when it comes to starting seeds or forcing bulbs and branches to bloom indoors. Gardening is an excellent STEM education enhancer with its hands-on chores.

Every year I learn something new. For example, don’t clear away that ground debris just yet. This Is where the pollinators are over-winter and we want that to remain undisturbed until warmer days ahead. In addition, getting my tools, pot and gardening bench ready for the work ahead is a great place to start.

Mother Nature really knows what she is doing. You will begin to see bulbs emerging and green spouts now in late winter. She knows just when to arrive.

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The Indianapolis Home Show is currently underway, and on our latest visit, we got a few gardening tips from Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, The Hoosier Gardener.

You can see her on stage today at the home show at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. for her presentation titled, “Not in My Backyard: Examining poor landscape practices and how to correct them.”

Visitors to the Indianapolis Home Show can talk to hundreds of home and décor experts for advice and explore thousands of the newest home products.

There are also activities for individuals and families to enjoy, and people coming to the show will also get a chance to catch deals they might not be able to find year-round on products and services.

The Indianapolis Home Show runs until Sunday, January 30.

For more information on the featured exhibits you can find at the Indianapolis Home Show click here.

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It’s time to be thinking about spring and to get those flowering bulbs in the ground before she freezes.

Carrie Petty, master gardener, joined us today to share some tips to help get your garden from fall to spring.

She says, to plant bulbs about 6” deep with the point facing up, and after a long winter you will have such a wonderful surprise come spring!

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With all the rain Indy has seen lately, you may be wondering what that means for your garden. Here are 5 things Carrie Petty, Master Gardener, say you should be doing for your garden right now.

  1. Never mow when it’s wet, always wait for the sun and wind to dry it out.

2. Weeds are easiest to pull after a rain but don’t spill the seeds onto the ground, or they will reseed.

3. Treat lawns now for dandelions.

4. Deadhead your Mums when blooms fade for continued abundance 5. Bring in herbs to dry for use in the fall for stews and roast chicken!

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September is one of the best months for gardening. Carrie Petty, master gardener, has tips on dividing your irises and perennials to make more blooms and prep your garden for more growth.

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Is your garden struggling right now? Recently Indiana has had such crazy weather that plants have experience significant damage.

Dry conditions followed by rain has created the perfect environment for mildew, black spot and fungus.

Carrie Petty, Master Gardener, joined us today to teach how to clean it up and get the garden looking perky again for late summer and early fall.

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Do you know the 3 S’s when it comes to Gardening? Master Gardener Carrie Petty says you must have a Star, a Show, and a Spiller! Check out her June Gardening Tips!

This is truly the BEGINNING of the garden season. March comes in like a Lion and out like a Lamb, however this weekend is going to be fantastic to get out of the house and into the yard for some sunshine and fresh air!

Master Gardener Carrie Petty shares her own gardening routine and what we can do RIGHT NOW to be ready for spring:

Begin by taking stock of your landscape and gardens, I always start in the morning with cup of coffee in one hand and pruners in the other. What are we looking for? Any broken branches that need to be cut back. Bushes that have over grown into a walk way. etc…just begin by pruning and cleaning up the winter debris.

While mother nature has the timing down to perfection. For instance, Spring begins on March 20th, precicely at 5:37am. You can afford to force a few things too! So, while I’m out taking stock of my yard, I clip a few longer branches to bring indoor to force into bloom!

Most importantly while youre out this weekend. Just be “aware” stop and soak it in. Teach your children to be “aware” it is the basis for all science and technology is observation.

May 15th is our last hard frost day in Indiana, so next month we will talk about starting your seeds!

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