Drainage and Flooding Problems? Indianapolis Reaches Top 10 Wettest

According to Wish TV weather we are experiencing one of the wettest years on record.  Our rainfall has reached over 27 inches so far, well above the average 19.79” to date amount.  Residents are often calling in requesting help in alleviating flooding and drainage problems.  It’s often beyond just the normal nuisance of being too wet to mow the grass.  What can be done? #1 – LOOK Look around your home, yard and even beyond, through your neighborhood.  Where is water standing?  What is downhill – where is the water supposed to go?  Are there obstructions in the way such [...]

Drainage and Flooding Problems? Indianapolis Reaches Top 10 Wettest2019-06-18T13:59:49-04:00

Natives and Invasives

Despite the recent damp and chilly weather, Spring is here in central Indiana!  I love going out into my yard in early Spring and seeing the Bloodroot finally bloom, signaling the flush of Spring ephemeral flowers soon to follow.  Though I live in a very urban area minutes from downtown, the  shady northwest corner of our yard is full of native species common to Indiana woodlands including Jacob’s Ladder, Wild Geranium, Crested Iris, Columbine and Solomon’s Seal. I also compost coffee grounds/brown paper filters, veggie scraps and egg shells all winter which I turn monthly during the winter than [...]

Natives and Invasives2019-05-29T10:17:47-04:00

Eagle Creek Demo Garden Tour – May 22, 2019

Join Kevin Allison of Marion County SWCD in a small group tour of the 25' x 75' SWCD soil health and vegetable demonstration garden at Eagle Creek Community Gardens (Mayor's Garden). Our time in the garden will focus on: Assessing and improving soil health Vegetable production in a soil health system Spring cover crop management Mulching techniques Bed prep and walkway management Native plantings for beneficial insects and pollinators Tour options include: Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The address is: West 56th Street and Reed Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254 [...]

Eagle Creek Demo Garden Tour – May 22, 20192019-05-20T10:51:51-04:00

Organic Gardening Workshop April 13 2019

Noblesville, IN – Are you interested in creating or transitioning to organic practices in your garden? Join fellow gardeners on Saturday, April 13th to learn how use organic practices in your garden and develop a plan for your property. In this workshop you will learn about seed selection, soil health, cover crops, pest management, and sourcing organic products. There will be a panel Q&A session and time for questions. This workshop is part of an annual spring Sustainability Series held by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District and Purdue Extension Hamilton County. This year’s event is also supported [...]

Organic Gardening Workshop April 13 20192019-03-19T15:35:57-04:00

Soil Health for Gardeners – January 26, 2019

This winter soil health workshop is designed for vegetable gardeners who want to learn more about how to use soil health practices in the garden. Paramount School of Excellence's school farm provides an excellent space to tour and discuss cover cropping and mulching in action. We will then follow up indoors with a presentation and discussion, looking closely at organic matter, nutrients, how to select cover crops, timing, planting, and spring management. Organized by Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District and Paramount School of Excellence Farm. Saturday, January 26, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Paramount School of [...]

Soil Health for Gardeners – January 26, 20192019-02-20T15:12:19-04:00

SWCD Annual Meeting – February 19, 2019

Join us to celebrate conservation at the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Meeting! The SWCD holds annual meetings to report activities, financial affairs, elect supervisors, and to provide a space for Marion County residents to engage. We are excited to welcome guest speaker Alena Jones, co-founder and COO of the Bellfound Farm, an initiative of the Women's Fund of Central Indiana. The Bellfound Farm is a developing urban farm with a mission to provide at-risk young women wraparound supports to help them reach long-term economic security. The annual meeting will be held at: John Boner Neighborhood [...]

SWCD Annual Meeting – February 19, 20192019-02-20T15:12:46-04:00

Nutrient Management for Vegetable Growers Nov 29

This workshop will dive deep into central Indiana growing scenarios and demonstrate ways to budget, supply, and conserve nutrients for our crops. The intent is to help growers close the loop of soil testing, crop needs, and managing the amount, source, placement, and timing of organic fertilizers and soil amendments on small farms and gardens. This educational event is made possible by grant funding awarded to the SWCDs from Clean Water Indiana. Responsible nutrient management improves the physical, chemical, and biological condition of soil, thereby enhancing its ability to infiltrate and clean water.  The workshop will be led by Dan [...]

Nutrient Management for Vegetable Growers Nov 292018-11-13T09:53:40-04:00

Falling: Leaves and Water Quality

Central Indiana is now experiencing peak fall foliage. The autumn colors can make for a great hike or photography session in Southwestway or Eagle Creek Parks before the cooler temperatures set in. While the leaves are beautiful, they can become problematic to our water flow and quality. Leaves accumulate around storm water inlets and block the flow of water, causing flooding in streets and yards. The larger concern is when those leaves and nutrients make their way into the stormwater pipes and waterways. In a natural setting, the leaves that fall during this time of year are naturally recycled. As [...]

Falling: Leaves and Water Quality2018-11-05T10:00:16-04:00

Indy Do Day

By: John Hazlett, Marion County SWCD District Manager On September 27th, local corporation Cummins partnered with Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) and Indy Parks Land Stewardship for a day of native habitat establishment at Spades and Brookside Parks as part of Indy Do Day.  I really enjoyed working with Cummins volunteers, Land Stewardship and ROW staff, as well as Bloomington-based contractor Eco Logic. Together we planted over 900 native plugs in Spades Park near the park shelter and playground areas.  The weather was perfect and several yards of leaf compost mulch were utilized to amend the soils for planting a [...]

Indy Do Day2018-10-06T11:35:54-04:00

Septic Smart Week

Improve Water Quality During Septic Smart Week September 17 - 21 Property owners in Marion County can learn about proper septic system maintenance and why it’s important during SepticSmart Week, Sept. 17-21. SepticSmart Week is a nationwide initiative through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to raise awareness about the need for proper care and maintenance of septic systems. Many homeowners in Marion County still depend on septic systems to treat wastewater. EPA recommends that septic systems be inspected and pumped out on a regular basis, at least every three to five years, as failure to maintain a septic system [...]

Septic Smart Week2018-09-24T16:32:40-04:00