Purdue Extension is continuing its "rainscaping" education program by offering another workshop for people interested in learning how to create attractive home or small-scale community rain gardens while minimizing runoff of pollution. The workshop Sept. 17-18 at the IUPUC Campus Center, 4601 Central Ave. in Columbus, will teach community leaders how to promote community awareness and provide education for rain garden planning, installation and maintenance.
Purdue Extension is starting a program that will provide training and resources on "rainscaping" practices used in residential gardens or small-scale public spaces to reduce pollution from runoff. The Purdue Rainscaping Education Program will begin in April with pilot workshops focusing on planning, installing and maintaining rain gardens.
Rainscaping includes the use of sustainable landscape design and management practices at both the household and community scales to prevent polluted runoff from reaching water bodies by directing stormwater to be absorbed by plants and soils. Register for the upcoming workshop September 17-18, 2015.
Planting cover crops could help preserve healthy soil in fields that have been left empty this year because of flooding, according to a new article by Purdue agronomist Eileen Kladivko and Barry Fisher, Indiana state soil health specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.