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August Oughta's: You Aren't Done in the Garden Yet!

The Wabash Valley Master Gardeners Association is sponsoring a free public educational
opportunity this fall. The WVMGA members have organized a fall gardening seminar to be held
on August 13, 2022, called August Oughtas: You Aren’t Done in the Garden Yet! As the name
implies, there are many gardening activities that should be happening later in the summer and
into the autumn season. We will have three garden experts talking about Edible Landscaping
(beautifying your home with food plants), Fall Gardening (what to plant in August and beyond
for late season harvesting) and Preparing Your Plants for Winter (landscape and lawn
winterization, fall pruning tips, planting for fall color). The speakers will be at the Community
Building at the Vigo County fairgrounds.


In addition to the presentations, there will be live demonstrations featuring how to sharpen
garden tools, DIY cold frames, and using yoga to help those aching gardening muscles. You will
be able to examine a live honeybee setup and ask the beekeeper questions about keeping live
honeybees. Vigo County Soil and Water Conservation District personnel will demonstrate the
usefulness of garden cover cropping. They will also discuss the importance of soil testing,
demonstrate how to do it and will be offering to conduct free at-home soil tests for people who
sign up at the seminar.


To round out the seminar attractions, a number of vendors will have garden-related wares
available for purchase. And lastly, tours will be given of WVMGA’s Giving Garden which is used
to raise around 10,000 pounds of produce annually for our local food pantries.
The demonstrations and vendors will be located at the Vigo County Fairgrounds on the lawn in
front of the 4-H Building. August Oughtas: You Aren’t Done in the Garden Yet! starts at 8:30 am
and finishes at 1:00 pm. The August weather may be hot but the topics discussed will be even
hotter if you love gardening or want to learn more about growing your own food! The event is
happening rain or shine. For more information, visit the wvmga.org website or send an email to
wabashvalleymastergardeners@yahoo.com.

 

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Fall Seminar Schedule


August 13, 2022

8:30 am Vendors open for business
              Live Demonstrations can begin
              First tour of the Giving Garden (25 minutes)

9:05 am Speaker – Tabby Flinn, Purdue Extension Educator: Edible Gardening (Beautifying
your house with food plants.)

9:45 am Q and A

10:05 am Speaker – Bret Mishler, Long time gardener: Fall Gardening (What can be
planted now, techniques for carryover into winter, try something new and learn)

10:45 am Q and A

11:05 am Speaker – Ryan Cummins, Apple House: Preparing Your Plants for Winter
(Landscape and lawn winterizing, fall pruning tips, planting for fall color)

11:45 am Q and A

12:00 pm Second tour of the Giving Garden (25 minutes)
                Last set(s) of demonstrations started by all demonstrators
1:00 pm Seminar closed

Live Demonstrations:
PHISH – soil testing by Vigo County Soil and Water Conservation’s Paul Pendergast
Cover Crops for gardens – info/seeds by Vigo County Soil and Water Conservation
Yoga for gardening muscles – Yoga instructor Kitty Austin from AO Wellness Center
Honeybees – Tabby Flinn, Purdue Extension
Sharpening tools and prepping for winter – Buster Wood
DIY Cold frames – Buster Wood
Vendors and Live Demonstration will be located on fairgrounds lawn in front of 4-H Building
unless weather is threatening. The speakers will be inside the Community Building with air
conditioning. Please plan accordingly.

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