Yard and Garden
Iris rhizome (underground stem)
Whether you're looking to expand your planting of iris or just need to rejuvenate an older planting, late summer through early fall is a good time to lift and divide iris. Dividing every three to five years will help rejuvenate the planting, and encourage more blossoms for the subsequent years.
Tom Turpin pushes entomology books off onto Tim Gibb
Entomology professors Tom Turpin and Tim Gibb have an amusing discussion about the transition from "On Six Legs" to "Dr. Tim's Spineless Wonders"
August Yard & Garden Calendar
Take cuttings from plants such as impatiens, coleus, geraniums and wax begonias to overwinter indoors. Root the cuttings in media such as moist vermiculite, perlite, peat moss or potting soil, rather than water.
Purdue Extension has released two new publications in the Protecting Pollinators series: The Complex Life of the Honey Bee and Biology and Control of Varroa Mites in Bee Hives. These new publications provide information on honey bee biology, how to promote promoting healthy hives and current issues in pollinator research.
Tom Turpin leaving his office, carrying a fishing pole
Saying goodbye is a difficult thing to do. It doesn't matter if that goodbye is to an old friend, a house we have lived in for some time, or activities that have been part and parcel of our lives. So today, it is with some sadness and a bit of a lump in my throat that I must say goodbye to the readers of "On 6 Legs." In a couple of weeks, I am retiring from Purdue, and this is my last column.
Bagworm caterpillar
In late May and early June bagworms hatch from eggs that lie dormant overwinter in the bag of their mother. The evergreen bagworm has the ability to defoliate evergreen trees and shrubs like spruce, arborvitae, fir, junipers and pine. When given a chance, it will also feed on deciduous trees like maples, honeylocust, and crabapples.
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Watch closely houseplants that have been set outdoors. They need more water than they did indoors. They can dry out rapidly in hot, summer breezes.

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