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Indoor plants will require more frequent watering and fertilization as they increase their summer growth. Houseplants can be moved outdoors to a shady location, but pay close attention to their watering needs.
Rose plant with all foliage and no blooms
Flowering plants that don't bloom as promised can be a big disappointment in your garden. Reasons for lack of blooming are as diverse as the palette of plants from which to choose, but a little detective work can usually pinpoint the trouble.
Spotted salamander
Awareness of the Eastern Hellbender is growing due to the decline in numbers. Extension specialists receive reports of a "hellbender" that is found in a barn, or on a basement floor, crawling across a driveway, or occasionally in a pond. Here are some resources to help identify these large salamanders.
Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package, 4-books
Learn about reptiles and amphibians with the Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package. The four books share information on each species and includes full-color photos, physical descriptions, list of similar species, and descriptions of important aspects of their ecology and behavior.
Ken Foster, Purdue professor of entomology, uses a hand lens to inspect leaf mites
Exactly when the study of insects became a recognized scientific discipline called entomology is somewhat a matter of speculation. However, humans and insects have shared this earth for eons. Based on evolutionary history, it is clear that those six-legged animals were on earth long before we humans walked upright somewhere in Africa.
Frogs and Toads of Indiana, FNR-516, book
Indiana is home to 17 frog and toad species, and this full-color book covers all of them. Whether you are a herpetologist, a recreational amphibian enthusiast or just want to learn more about frogs and toads, you will want to travel with this new publication. This 50-page book includes full-color photos, a physical description, a list of similar species, and a description of important aspects of their ecology and behavior.
picture of a storm-damaged tree
Q. Several trees on my property were damaged during recent storms. Some just lost a few limbs, but others are split along the trunk. How can I tell whether the trees can be saved or if they should be cut down? What kind of pruning paint should I use on the broken branches?

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