Valpo, Boone Grove Compost Sites to Open March 31

Porter County – The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove site, 400 West 550 South, will open for the season March 31, to give Porter County residents a location to drop off and recycle yard waste from their spring yard cleanups.

Regular hours for the Valparaiso compost site will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Currently, the Valparaiso compost site is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through March 29.

Regular hours for the Boone Grove site will be from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Currently the site is closed.

Materials accepted at either site include organic yard waste, leaves, garden clippings, household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. Treated wood or lumber is not accepted at either site. Grass is not accepted at the Valparaiso site. Compost and mulch will be available at both locations for residents to take, while supplies last.

Other materials accepted at the compost sites for proper disposal include old or unusable electronics (anything with an electrical cord or powered by batteries); cell phones; compact and tube fluorescent light bulbs; household batteries; toner cartridges; and old media, such as cassette and VCR tapes, CDs, etc.

The sites may close due to inclement weather.

These large scale municipal composting operations allow the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County and select municipalities to manage organic material, composting yard waste and grinding organic wood waste to create large amounts of finished compost and mulch. The resulting compost and mulch are also available for public use.

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life for Porter County residents by providing convenient, voluntary waste reduction services.

For more information about public compost sites in Porter County, visit the District’s website,, or call 465-3694


Time to Order Trees for Spring

It's time to pre-order quality trees from the Porter County Extension Board, while supplies last. Apple, Apricot, Plum, Peach, Nectarine, Cherry and Pear are priced from $12-$18. The Tree Sale and Workshop will be held at the Porter County Fairgrounds from 8:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, April 5, 2012.

Fruit trees lend themselves to ornamental plantings as well as orchards. Many have beautiful blooms and striking fall color.

Dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees come into bearing earlier than stand-sized trees, occupy less space, and can be more easily pruned and sprayed with equipment available to the average gardener. As a bonus, people can harvest varieties that are not easily available in stores. Budded trees grow no more than 15 to 20 feet tall. Also, available this year are Asparagus, Grapes, Black Raspberries, Red Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries.

We are also offering a variety of Evergreens like the beautiful American Arborvitae, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, and Hemlock. Also, on our list are a series of Hardwoods like Bur Oak, Chinese Chestnut, Tulip Poplar, and White Oak. Both breeds range from 18-24 inches and are sold for $4.

Order forms and descriptions are online at: or you may call the Porter County Extension Office at (219) 465-3555 for more information.


New Research in Floriculture Program Mar 13

Valparaiso, Ind. – Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and the Northwest Indiana Floriculture Association will co-sponsor an educational program for people in the plant nursery, greenhouse, and retail garden center businesses on Thursday, March 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CDT at County Line Greenhouse, 383 N. County Line Road, Hobart, Indiana.

On March 13th, the program will begin with a short tour and refreshments provided by County Line Greenhouse. After the refreshments, W. Garrett Owen, floriculture Ph.D. student at Purdue University will discuss new research in floriculture.
Related Web sites:
Northwest Indiana Floriculture Association

Purdue Extension


Cedar Lake Earth Day Rain Barrel Pick-Up Event

Town of Cedar Lake Hosts a Rain Barrel Pick-up Event on Earth Day, April 22nd:
The Cedar Lake Town Hall is working with Upcycle Products to host a rain barrel pick-up event on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 from 9am- 5pm at the Town Hall, 7408 Constitution Avenue. Rain barrels can be pre-ordered for pick-up on the Town’s website: All rain barrels must be pre-ordered on this day for pick-up only.


Free Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop March 3

A Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop will be conducted at Deep River County Park on Monday, March 3 at 10 a.m. Meet the Lake County Parks horticulturist Bryan McKay in front of Wood’s Historic Grist Mill for this free program.  The group will walk to the orchard for a demonstration on the proper pruning techniques for fruit trees.  Learn about insect control, sprays and year-round-care for your trees.  Remember, the weather can be severe in March, so dress accordingly.  For more information call 219-947-7275.  

Deep River County Park is located at 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart, IN 46342 at the intersection of County Line Road and 73rd Avenue.  From I-65 and Route 30 go east 4 miles on Route 30 to Randolph Street, then north to the first stop sign and east to the park.  GPS coordinates: Deep River Grist Mill: 41.475944,-87.222285 and Deep River County Line Road: 41.483097,-87.22008


Presentation on the "Millennium Reserve Project" March 1

Presentation on the Millennium Reserve Project:  Suellen Burns, Senior Advisor for the Millennium Reserve Project, Illinois Department of Natural Resources will presents the vision of the “Millennium Reserve Project” on Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m. hosted by the Gibson Woods Wild Ones.

The Millennium Reserve stretches from downtown Chicago east to the Indiana border and southwest to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, Illinois. The immediate focus within this area is the Calumet Core region encompassing numerous neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side, the southeast lakefront, and 35 south suburban municipalities. In aggregate, the Calumet Core includes a collection of over 15,000 acres of open space such as parks, trails, wetlands, and forest preserves. Nearly 6,000 of these acres are considered high-quality natural areas. More than 400,000 residents live in the Calumet Core.

The public is invited to attend the presentation about this most interesting project.  For information call 219-844-3188.

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is located at 6201 Parrish Avenue in Hammond, IN 46323.  From I/80-94 take Cline Avenue north to the169th exit then west to Parrish and north to the park.  GPS coordinates: 41.599352,-87.45186


Portage Community Garden Fundraiser Jan 19

Portage Community Garden is having its 2nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser Jan 19th from 3-7PM at Real Life Community Church 3134 Swanson Road, Portage. Tickets available contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Phil Graham 219-973-1877.
Fazoli's is co sponsor so food is great. $10 adults, $5 children under 12( $1 more at the door) Last year we raised over 4000 lbs of organic vegetables for food banks, homeless shelters, Salvation Army , and needy families in NW Indiana. See you there and thanks for your support.


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