Half sun? Zone 6? What? If planning your garden and ordering seeds from catalogs is getting you down, the La Porte County Public Library is here to help.
This year, the Library is hosting a series featuring Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, The Hoosier Gardener. In her first of four presentations, Jo Ellen helped explain how to decipher the code of garden catalogs. She shared a number of easy to read online resources, and we’d like to curate those for you your ease of access.
- Washington State University – How to Read a Seed Catalog
Put on your coat and get a hold of your garden’s needs before you start adding seeds to your order form. This article breaks down different catalog terms and prepares you to make informed decisions.
- Kansas State University – Defining Sun Requirements for Plants
What does “dense shade” even mean? Learn what the different levels of shade translate to for your garden.
- Purdue Extension – Indiana Vegetable Planting Calendar
This calendar lays out when you should plant your vegetables according to their relative requirements for cool and warm weather.
- Hoosier Gardener – USDA Hardiness Zone Map
Many garden catalogs refer readers to the USDA Hardiness Zone Map as an indication of what plants will thrive in Indiana’s changing climate.
- Purdue Extension – Tips for First Time Gardeners
A video series designed to help first time gardeners that covers everything from planting from seeds to putting your garden to bed for the winter.
If you missed this presentation, you still have time to register for upcoming presentations. On April 19, Jo Ellen will present “Annuals: A Lot of Color for the Coin,” and illuminate the thrilling lives of these single season flowers. “Edible Landscape” on June 21 introduces attendees to the savory, tasty plants we can add to our landscape for both food and beauty. Finally, Jo Ellen will present on the plants that provide food and shelter to the bugs and birds that live in our gardens at “Where the Wild Things Are” on August 16. Register to join these online presentations.