Cover Crop Giveaway 2018

The Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering free cover crop seed packets to vegetable farmers and gardeners! Come to any of our events to pick up your seed and talk gardening!  We'll have promotional packets of oats, cereal rye, crimson clover, and hairy vetch on hand. Thursday, July 19, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Keystone-Monon Community Garden at Arsenal Park 1400 East 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205 Wednesday, July 25, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 10 Johnson Avenue - Coffee Shop 10 Johnson Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46210 Thursday, August 16, 4:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m. Indy Urban [...]

Cover Crop Giveaway 2018 2018-09-24T11:53:04+00:00

Hugh Hammond Bennet: Pioneer of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

By Jerod Chew, Marion County District Conservationist, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service “Out of the long list of nature’s gifts to man, none is perhaps so utterly essential to human life as soil.”  Hugh Hammond Bennet We just recently celebrated 2018’s Earth Day and Stewardship Week, so what better way to honor these events than to start this post with a quote from the father of the modern Soil Conservation movement, Hugh Hammond Bennet! Bennet started and led the Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and pioneered the concept of local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) [...]

Hugh Hammond Bennet: Pioneer of Soil and Water Conservation Districts 2018-06-05T10:57:55+00:00

Spring Soil Testing & Plant Analysis

  Spring is here and those who love gardening and those who tend small farms are anxious to get outside and start planting!  But to be the best stewards of our water quality and soil while providing optimal growing environments for our crops you may want to first consider evaluating the condition of your soil. Soil tests provide vital information about what is currently available for plant growth in your garden plot.  General soil tests provide basic information such as the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and the pH of the soil.  Soil tests will tell you which nutrients and [...]

Spring Soil Testing & Plant Analysis 2018-04-12T09:27:15+00:00