Want to garden with us in 2019? Applications now available!

Set your 2019 resolution today: join your neighborhood community organization with a serious love for gardening! Online applications are now available for the 2019 season.
 
Last year’s gardeners have first priority until 2/15/19, and then we will assign remaining garden beds on a first-come, first-served basis. Total cost is just $35 ($25 to help cover operating costs, $10 maintenance deposit refunded once beds are cleaned up at the end of the season).
 
Get all the details on our “Garden with Us” page, then apply today.
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Coffee, Donuts, Neighbors (and Weeding): Fall Community Garden Cleanup, 10/6

We have had a truly amazing third growing season at Arsenal Park. From the 21 garden beds bursting with life to our second annual neighborhood garden tour to our weekly by-donation yoga in the garden classes to our amazing spring seedling sale to the monarch caterpillars who found a home in our milkweed plants this summer, it has really been a great year.

And now we are reaching out for your help: join us for our fall garden cleanup! Just two hours of your time will make a HUGE difference at the garden so we’re ready to plant again next spring. We’ll have coffee, donuts, and a lot of fun.

WHAT: Fall Garden Cleanup

WHEN: Sat., October 6, 10am-noon

WHERE: Keystone-Monon Community Garden at Arsenal Park, 1400 E. 46th St.

WHO: YOU! All are welcome – we will have different projects for all age ranges.

WHAT TO BRING: Yourself, your friends, a water bottle, and some garden gloves and digging/weeding tools if you have them

We’ll see you there!

Last Chance to SAVE $2! Garden Tour THIS SUNDAY – and Thanks to Azure’s Secret and Limelight Coffee

6 gardens, 1 great cause, and free admission to the last evening of the IN State Fair! Oh, and one last promo deal – $2 off per ticket before midnight on Tues., 8/14 for the 2nd annual NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN TOUR!

  • WHEN: Sun., 8/19 from 2-5pm
  • PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY ($2 off!!! Adults 16+: $10; kids 8-15: $6; kids 7 and under, FREE)
  • WHAT IS IT? A bike tour (cars also allowed) of six different gardens, including the Demonstration Gardens and Greenhouse at the IN State Fairgrounds. Learn from home gardeners right in our neighborhood; meet your neighbors; AND get free admission to explore the last evening of the IN State Fair!

SPONSOR RECOGNITION: Our gardeners are not only prolific veggie growers, they are also local makers, producers, and businesswomen! Check out these wonderful supporters of the garden and our community (and show them some love!).

Thank you, Azure’s Secret Handmade Soaps, maker of beautiful handmade soaps, bath bombs, shower steamers, and so much more.

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Thank you, Limelight Coffee Roasters (for the support AND the delicious, lightly roasted coffee that keeps us going)!

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One Week (and Some Change)! Garden Tour Tickets STILL AVAILABLE, and Thanks to Just Pop In and Kolman Dental

We have NO idea how tickets are still available for our second annual NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN TOUR – but if you haven’t gotten yours already, it’s your lucky day! Get yours TODAY and spend a wonderful afternoon with us on Sun., August 19 from 2-5pm.

  • PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY (Adults 16+: $12; kids 8-15: $8; kids 7 and under, FREE)
  • WHAT IS IT? A bike tour (cars also allowed) of six different gardens, including the Demonstration Gardens and Greenhouse at the IN State Fairgrounds. Learn from home gardeners right in our neighborhood; meet your neighbors; AND get free admission to explore the last evening of the IN State Fair!

Last garden sneak preview! Check out the lovely Purdue Extension-Marion County Demonstration Gardens, our final stop on the tour.

The demonstration garden was created on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 2012 by Purdue Extension-Marion County staff and Master Gardener volunteers. It features annual flowers and vegetables.

In 2013 the Purdue Extension-Marion County Demonstration Garden became an official All-America Selections (AAS) Flower and Vegetable Display Garden. It is the only AAS Display Garden in Indianapolis and one of only a half-dozen in Indiana. An AAS Display Garden provides the public an opportunity to view the newest AAS winners in an attractive well-maintained setting.

“The garden demonstrates how to grow food and ornamental plants,” says Steve Mayer, Extension Educator-Horticulture, for Purdue Extension-Marion County. “Gardeners can see and learn about plants adapted to Indiana and how to care for them.” Gardeners can see award-winning AAS flowers & vegetables and vegetable gardening techniques like raised beds. It’s a place for gardeners to get ideas.

SPONSOR RECOGNITION: Check out these wonderful supporters of the garden and our community (and show them some love!).

Thank you, JUST POP IN!JPI-Logo

Just Pop In! was established in 2003 and created by dynamic twin sisters, Mandy & Carly. Inspiration stemmed from evenings spent popping with their Grandfather. They develop playful and scrumptious recipes for the nostalgic snack and place them in hip, thoughtful and snappy packaging.

JPI believes the quality of their product is equally as important to the experience they offer their clients. They are dedicated to a culture of happiness, open-mindedness and co-existence. Their company philosophy has earned national, regional and local awards and the attention of clients like IndyCar, PGA, NCAA, Christian Dior | Nylon magazine, to name a few.

Mandy and Carly are passionate about supporting their local Indianapolis community. They are proud partners of various organizations that offer invaluable services to the community such as The Damien Center, Indiana AIDS Fund, Habitat for Humanity, The Julian Center and The Patachou Foundation.

Popcorn isn’t just popcorn to the girls; it’s a catalyst to sharing in an experience with the people they meet each day, whether a friend, family member or stranger on the street.

Thank you, KOLMAN DENTAL!

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Kolman Dental, PC is here to help you maintain optimal oral health. We strive to provide excellent comprehensive and preventative care while maintaining a relaxing environment. Our state of the art office is conveniently located in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis, IN. We look forward to meeting you! Dr. Kolman also believes very strongly in giving back to the community. He is a graduate of the Ardeth Burkhart leadership training series. He is on the board of directors for the Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis as well as on a task force for the United Way of Central Indiana. Dr. Kolman was also appointed to the American Dental Association’s Business Enterprise board of directors. He is also a current member of the American Dental Association, the Indiana Dental Association, the Indianapolis District Dental Society, Key Point study club and the ITI study club.

Make Some Noise Mondays: Garden Tour Stop Preview and Meet Our Program Sponsor!

One afternoon, six unique gardens, many neighbors and new friends, and free admission to the IN State Fair. You’ll find all of this and more at our NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN TOUR on Sun., August 19 from 2-5pm!

  • Tickets are limited and going fast (adults 16+: $12; kids 8-15: $8; kids 7 and under, FREE)
  • Visit six different gardens, including the Demonstration Gardens and Greenhouse at the IN State Fairgrounds; learn from home gardeners right in our neighborhood; meet your neighbors; AND get free admission to explore the last evening of the IN State Fair!

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As the countdown begins – less than one month away! – we will be celebrating our wonderful sponsors AND giving you a sneak preview of the gardens we’ll be visiting.

From Cher, resident at our first highlighted garden stop:

Our garden is located in our front yard. This is the fourth summer we’ve had it. We grow most everything and have a wildflower patch at the top. It’s our favorite place to hang out during the summer. For us, gardening is about harmonizing with nature and letting our children see how we work in concert with all aspects of life. Having our garden in the front yard allows us to connect with our neighbors, as we live on a street that sees a lot of foot traffic. We keep a basket just outside our gate, to share our harvest with our neighbors.

Today, we also recognize our tour program sponsor, Hope Plumbing. THANK YOU for your support!

HOPE PLUMBING, Garden Tour Program Sponsor

Our friends at Hope Plumbing have made their new home right up the street from the garden and have also helped us out tremendously by installing and fixing our garden’s water source!

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Hope Plumbing is a locally-owned and operated full service residential plumbing company located in Sobro that specializes in older homes. We offer a wide range of plumbing services and can take care of any plumbing issues you may have in, or outside, of your home. Hope Plumbing is a little over 11 years old and employs approximately 30 full time employees. We strongly believe in taking care of our employees by providing competitive wages, health insurance benefits, and retirement plans. Hope Plumbing loves to support its local community as much as possible.

DON’T MISS OUR FIRST EVER GARDEN TOUR! 

  • For details and to purchase tickets today, visit our Eventbrite page.
  • To be part of the community, follow us on Facebook.

Calling All Neighbors! Give Back to Your Favorite Neighborhood Community Garden, Sat., 4/14

T-minus 10 days until our spring cleanup day is here! Remember, YOU put the “community” in “community garden,” and we need your help.

This is the garden’s biggest work day of the year, and we are thrilled to partner this year with the Keystone Monon Neighborhood Association and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to give back to our entire neighborhood.

ACT TODAY: RSVP online, visit our Facebook event page, and share the flyer at your favorite neighborhood haunts or email it to friends!

WHEN AND WHERE: Saturday, 4/14, 9am-noon at Arsenal Park (1400 E. 46th St).

WHAT TO BRING: All ages welcome; dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle, work or garden gloves, and shovels, pitchforks, rakes, and a wheelbarrow if you have them!
We are so grateful for your support! Help us make a HUGE difference in just a few hours.
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The Return of the Squash Bug! (Cue Horror Film Music)

Here in Central Indiana, there is one thing that is a near-certainty for every garden: the inevitable infestation of the squash bug. Each year it never fails: your summer squash plants are gigantic and producing like crazy. And then one day, you might notice a handful bugs. The next: a few more.

The next day? Your once-beautiful squash plant is crawling with bugs, and the entire plant has died, apparently overnight. Not only can they do a crazy amount of damage to squash plants, but they can also attack other cucurbit varieties (cucumbers, melons, and pumpkins).

 

Photos courtesy of University of Minnesota Extension

So what can you do about these evil little jerks? We decided to take a very scientific survey* to find out what area organic farmers and gardeners do to beat squash bugs into submission. Since this issue will likely befall your garden at some point, we thought we’d share everyone’s feedback here for future reference. Enjoy, and may your squash plants live long and prosper!

Tips for maintaining your squash plants – and sanity – against squash bugs, straight from Central Indiana farmers and gardeners:

  • “So far its daily physical intervention, inspecting leaves, removing eggs, and adults, and treating with Diatomaceous earth around base of plants where they hide. Dr. Bronner’s castile soap with peppermint will work mixed with water and sprayed directly on insects. You can also use floating row covers early in season (you will have to pollinate yourself).”
  • “I pull all leaves with eggs or midges on them and throw them in the trash. The chickens seem uninterested. I second, or third, the drowning them in soapy water method. Hand picking seems the best way.”
  • “I recently purchased a book called “The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener.” The author, Tammi Hartung, is great and one of the ways she suggests repelling squash bugs is to sprinkle black pepper around the plants. I haven’t done this yet but did spray the plant with neem oil mixed with dish soap. That has helped.”
  • “I have a spray bottle filled with soapy water and cayenne pepper and spray the leaves. So far it’s kept them off this year. If I find one I just squish it. Same with the eggs.”
  • “Transplant as early as possible is my tip. Squash bugs are inevitable.”

Have you had issues with squash bugs? What’s your favorite method of saving your plants?

 

*”Very scientific” means we asked our Facebook friends – but, hey, many of them are organic farmers and gardeners with extensive firsthand squash beetle experience.