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Why reinvent the wheel when there are local experts in the area? We have gathered a few of the projects and organized them as "how-to" guides in case you would find that helpful...

Compost

Overview of composting and Indianapolis resources

Composting can be easy and fun! Plus you create all kinds of wonderful tilth. Check out this pdf for more information on composting and local resources.

Construct a compost bin

There are many different composting methods and bins to choose from. Some possibilities (and links for plans) include a 3-bin wire and wood design, food digester, green cone, and using a simple plastic tub.

Construct a worm bin

This system of composting is designed for composting fruit and vegetable food scraps using red worms, a process called vermicomposting. Vermiculture is a great composting method that everyone can do! Click here for a plan and instructions.

Irrigate and conserve rain water

Make a rain barrel

Water conservation makes cents! Capture rain water to reduce storm water run-off and provide irrigation for your garden. Rain barrels are available locally at Green Way Supply. There are also workshops available periodically through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and other like-minded organizations. Keep your eyes out for these events. Or, build one yourself for approximately $25-50 using this pdf as a guide.

Support native wildlife

In addition to incorporating native plants, a water source, and promoting biodiversity, there are several pieces of hardscape that you can add to your plot to support native wildlife:

Construct a bat house

Bats are great natural predators of mosquitos so instead of getting a zapper which uses electricity or spraying yourself with toxic chemicals, consider building a bat house. Click here to learn more about bat houses and bats click on the imbedded links. Click here for plans and installation instructions.

Construct a bird house

Create livable spaces for native birds. Try some of these easy designs.

Construct a mason bee hive

Mason bees are a common bee you will see flying around your home in spring and summer. They are native, non-social bees. They neither sting nor make honey. They are terrific pollinators and won't be a pest to the neighbors. Check out this website on step-by-step instructions how to make a mason bee hive.

Start a vegetable garden

Start seeds indoors

The growing season can start at any time when you plant seeds indoors. There are many things to consider. For a general overview, consult the following pdf.