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Protecting Your Winter Garden

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:09
It’s mid-November, and winter weather is already upon us. Many Iowans want to know how to prepare their yard and garden for winter. Winter garden care involves covering strawberries, prepping roses, and getting ready to fend off hungry rabbits. Aaron Steil of Reiman Gardens in Ames has advice for those who want to protect their strawberries. "Strawberries need a little protection, especially for their flower buds this time of year," Steil says. "So putting down a nice, about four inches of straw or chopped-up corn husk, can work really well to help protect those flower buds through the winter months." On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Steil and Iowa State Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron about caring for your winter garden, and they take calls from listeners.

Yard and Garden: Construct a Homemade Christmas Wreath

Yard and Garden News - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:58

One way to make the holiday season memorable is with a wreath, and a fresh, homemade wreath can really brighten a gathering. Making a wreath isn't as difficult as you might think.

Campus Class Brings Master Gardener Trainees Together

Yard and Garden News - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 09:33

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program hosted two classes on the Iowa State campus in Ames this fall as part of its annual Master Gardener training course.

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Decatur County

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 03:15

A highly destructive beetle that targets and kills ash trees, the emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Decatur County. EAB was first discovered in Iowa in 2010. Now 53 counties in Iowa have been confirmed with the presence of EAB.

Yard and Garden: Harvesting and Storing Root Crops

Yard and Garden News - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:24

With hard freezes and continuing freezing overnight temperatures now the norm, most garden crops have been harvested. But a few root crops remain, and with good reason. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer questions about the right time to harvest and properly store root crops.

Finally, an Insect-Free Garden

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 16:27
It got cold last week, and suddenly the world outside is insect-free. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with her guests about how insects survive the winter, and why they show up so quickly when the warmth returns. Guests are Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron, ISU Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis, DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh, and ISU Professor of Horticulture and organic specialist Kathleen Delate.

Yard and Garden: Forcing Amaryllis Bulbs Indoors for Holiday Use

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 05:16

It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is almost here. One of the best parts of the season is enjoying colorful seasonal holiday plants like amaryllis. What is the best way to force amaryllis indoors?

Reflecting on the Growing Season

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 13:00
With the impending frost Iowa is about to receive, the growing season has come to an end. The season ending means that astute gardeners should take this time of year to reflect on what did and didn't work in their gardens. Chair of the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University Jeff Iles reflects on the diversity of plants outside his home. "I look at my yard now because things are kind of bare looking with all the leaves gone, and I think, 'What could I add next year that might pay some dividends?" Iles says. "I think we neglect our conifer friends. I'm always pushing for the greater use of conifers for the Iowa landscape. You might consider where you might use an evergreen, so don't forget our conifer friends!" On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Iles, and Iowa State Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron, and they reflect on the growing season and take questions from listeners.

New Aquaponics Publications Help Hobbyists, Commercial Growers

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 05:08

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released a pair of publications designed to provide information and guidance for anyone thinking of constructing his or her own aquaponics system.

Yard and Garden: Prepare Outdoor Flowers for Winter

Yard and Garden News - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 12:04

With colder temperatures sweeping across Iowa, it’s time to start thinking about winter and how to prepare flowers to ensure their long-term survival. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer questions about the best way to prepare flowers for winter.

Keeping Your Plants Alive During Harsh Winter Months

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:58
With the cold winter months just around the corner, many Iowa gardeners are wondering how to best prepare their plants for the impending frosty weather. In order to prevent the deaths of numerous different plants, precautions must be taken, and Ajay Nair of Iowa State University Extension has advice for gardeners to resist soil erosion during the winter. "Don't leave the soil uncovered," Nair says. "We want to cover the soil so soil particles do not move. You could put mulch material, you could spread compost, and that helps to keep the soil in its place. I would also like to add cover crops. If you decide to plant a cover crop this time of the year, cereal rye is a good option. See what your acreage is, get a little bit of seed, spread evenly, and simply rake it in and water." During this hour Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Nair and Aaron Steil of Reiman Gardens in Ames about keeping gardens healthy during the winter months, and they take calls from listeners.

Yard and Garden: Identify and Enjoy Crabapples

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 04:32

Fall is the perfect season for apples and apple orchards. But what about crabapples? Are they OK to eat? And which varieties are best to use? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer questions about crabapples and the best ways to enjoy them.

Yard and Garden: Enjoy Fall Colors of These Iowa Trees, Shrubs, Perennials

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 04:53

October is the perfect time to enjoy fall foliage in Iowa. Depending on the location in the state, foliage and fall colors peak from now through the end of the month. Which trees have the best colors?

Keeping Your Trees Healthy During Autumn

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:42
With autumn underway, plants and trees are beginning to change their shape, many shedding their leaves preparing for the cold winter months ahead. These changes bring difficulties to those who would like their trees to remain picturesque during these months, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestor Mark Vitosh advises the proper way to keep them healthy during these dry months. "If you have trees that you've planted within the last couple years, over the next month, if it continues to stay dry, give them that water every week or so, getting it good and soaked in, just around the root bulb," Vitosh says. "Soak them right until we start to get really cold, so that when they freeze, there's some moisture there, and it's not too dry." On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Mark Vitosh and Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron about how to best care for the plants in your yard during the autumn and winter months, and they take

Learning Session for Value Added Producer Grant Preparation

Yard and Garden News - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 06:29

A free learning session Oct. 27 at the Jeff and Deb Hansen Agricultural Student Learning Center in Ames will be offered for those interested in applying and learning more about the USDA Value Added Producer Grant program.

Yard and Garden: Forcing Hyacinth Bulbs Indoors During Winter

Yard and Garden News - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:16

Hyacinths are a popular spring plant that can be enjoyed during winter with proper planning. Learn important steps to successfully forcing their bulbs indoors.

Manual Provides Instruction for Growing Produce in a High Tunnel

Yard and Garden News - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 06:14

High tunnels are inexpensive, passive solar structures that are designed to extend the growing season and intensify production. While relatively new to agriculture in the United States, high tunnels can increase profits for producers when properly managed.

Bury Your Bulbs in October

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 15:47
Right now we’re anticipating the rich yellows, oranges, and reds of fall, but it’s also time to start thinking about the pinks, purples, and whites of spring. In this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by horticulturists Cindy Haynes and Richard Jauron. They talk about planning and planting spring blooming bulbs. Jauron says the coming weeks are the best time for planting any type of bulb. "Basically, October is the best time, but you can do it as late as mid to late November if the weather is permitting. The main thing is they have to be in the ground before it freezes." Haynes and Jauron also answer listener questions and emails.

Yard and Garden: Properly Harvesting and Storing Fall Garden Produce

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 04:37

Time harvest of remaining garden produce to get the full bounty of the season from garden crops.

Garden Calendar Celebrates Plants Associated with Holidays and Special Events

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 04:32

The 2018 Garden Calendar is titled “Celebrating with Plants” and features striking holiday-inspired imagery and stories behind today’s traditions. It is now available.

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