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  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
  • Workshops focus on preserving produce
    FORT WAYNE – The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County is offering Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops on safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing
  • Master Gardener helpline available
    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.
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Are your indoor plants beginning to show a little extra green?

Our test pots at the office are starting to put out new growth, and one of the peace lilies is sending up a bloom stalk.

When you see that kind of growth in March, it is a good time to start adding a little diluted fertilizer. What I do is water them one day and then give the pots half- or quarter-strength fertilizer the next.

Instead of messing with fertilizer, you can also add a thin, thin layer of fresh potting soil. Don't cover the "crowns" of the plants, just put it on the bare dirt. I've found this gives your plants a little boost in the spring greening-up department.

Good luck and happy gardening!

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