Dr. Dirt: Goodbye, Old Man Winter!

INDIANAPOLIS - On a sad note, an old friend, Margie Nackenhorst, the mayor of Garfield Park passed away last week.  I met her years ago when I did programs in the neighborhood of Garfield Park.  Her home overlooked the sunken gardens and there was very little that she missed at Garfield.  My father-in-law was an American Legion Commander in Connecticut, and he often traveled to the American Legion Headquarters here in Indianapolis. He loved Garfield Park!  If you haven't visited Garfield Park lately, check it out this spring and summer! 

Right now most people are thinking about the Flower & Patio Show, which continues through Sunday, March 16 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  Dr. Dirt enjoyed the backyard exhibit on raised bed gardening, bee keeping, city chickens, composting, goats and rain barrels!  It's very educational with lots of ideas that would be easy to incorporate in just about any backyard.  So, visit the big show this week. 
Morgan County Master Gardeners have Gardenfest, 3 miles east of Martinsville on State Road 252 at Hoosier Harvest Church, Friday 1-8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with great speakers.  And, it's FREE! 

Old Man Winter is on his way out, but not without some freezing temperatures.  There are plenty of things to be done outdoors, but let the mud settle.  Dr. Dirt offers a Vegetable Garden Program at the Chapel Rock Christian Church, 21st Street & Girls School Road, Monday at 7 p.m. and again Wednesday at 7 p.m.  It's good food for thought that you can grow in your garden. 

Happy Gardening, Dr. Dirt

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