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With Green Spring Upon Us, Invasive Insects Emerge

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:06
This is not a drill. Our long awaited spring has finally arrived. As we anticipate and enjoy the emergence of green, it's also time for the emergence of insects. On this Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe is joined by Laura Iles, Director of the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic at Iowa State University, who acts as our guide to some of Iowa's most recent invasive insects. Mark Vitosh, forester with the Department of Natural Resources, and Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension horticulture specialist, also join the conversation and answer listener questions.

Purple Planted Majesties for Your Garden

Hort Day Podcast - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:16
Purple foliage is striking against a landscape of green, pops against neutral-colored siding, and can add color to a garden year-round. For Cindy Haynes, associate professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, a plum tree planted her passion for the purple pigment, and her garden hasn't been the same since. "You don't want an all purple foliage garden because then nothing stands out," Haynes says. "I've tried it, I know." On this Talk of Iowa , Haynes joins Charity Nebbe for this week's horticulture day. Haynes recommends a variety of shrubs, flowering plants, and trees to add to your garden. Ninebarks, little devils, coleus, black snakeroot, royal raindrops, prairie fire, and Norway maples are just a few options to bring violets and burgundies into your life. Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension horticulture specialist, also joins Haynes as they answer listener questions.

Yard and Garden: Growing Beets

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 03:32

Whether planted for the root crop or the tender greens, this fast-growing vegetable adds color and nutrients to the dinner plate. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on getting the most out of planting beets.

Donate Excess Garden Vegetables to Food Pantries

Yard and Garden News - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 06:38

Donating produce from a vegetable garden to a local food pantry can help give those without access to fresh foods the opportunity to add them into their meals.

Planting a New Tree? Here's What to Consider

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:16
There are many things to consider when adding shade to your yard in the form of a tree, and it can be difficult to know where to start. On this edition of Talk of Iowa , guest host Jason Burns talks with Iowa State University horticulturists Jeff Iles and Richard Jauron about what to keep in mind when buying and planting a sapling. “The months of April and May are great months to plant,” says Iles. Though he tends to rely more on soil conditions than the time of year when deciding when to plant. “I don’t want to be digging in the soil when it’s exceptionally wet, so I usually wait for it to dry out somewhat.” He adds that planting season depends on the type of sapling you buy. Bare root nursery stock trees are sold without soil. “Typically, the bare root season is really early,” he says. “April is a good time to plant care root nursery stock.” Iles says to look for three main things when picking out your new tree. “I like to see trees with a nice strong central leader, good branching,

Registration Open for Fall Master Gardener Training

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 08:47

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will hold its core training sessions this fall for individuals interested in becoming Master Gardener volunteers. After the training, Master Gardeners volunteer in their community.

Workshops Include Proper Fruit Tree Pruning and Training Demonstrations

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:56

ISU Extension and Outreach is offering workshops on fruit tree management focused primarily on tree pruning and branch training March 20-22. Participants will learn best practices and techniques for pruning and training fruit-bearing trees for peak performance.

Yard and Garden: Timing of Spring Lawn Care Chores

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 05:16

Proprer timing and gentle care will pay off as homeowners complete a few lawn chores this spring.

Best Practices for Growing Tomatoes Yearly in a High Tunnel

Yard and Garden News - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 08:43

Because of their value to high tunnel producers, tomatoes are often grown every year, despite the increased risk for plant disease outbreaks caused by a monoculture system.

Yard and Garden: Dividing Perennials

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 03:14

Herbaceous perennials are commonly divided for three reasons: to control size, to rejuvenate plants and to propagate a prized perennial. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on dividing perennials.

Warmth and Moisture Crucial to Spring Seed Germination

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 13:07
On this Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks with Linda Naeve, ISU Extension Value Added Agriculture Program Specialist, about taking our seed starting skills to the next level. It helps to start with the right medium. "We recommend you go to the garden center and invest in a seed-starting mix," Naeve says. "A soil-less media that contains peat, perhaps vermiculite, very fine medium. That medium drains well." "Don't fill your packs of your starting container with the medium and then sow the seeds, because the medium is always very dry when it comes," Naeve says. "The best thing to do is wet it ahead of time before you sow the seed." Naeve and Richard Jauron, ISU Extension Horticulture Specialist, talk about different kinds of soil mixes, containers, heating mats, and lights. They also answer listeners' questions about plants and trees.

Yard and Garden: Growing Cabbage in Home Gardens

Yard and Garden News - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 06:12

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on growing cabbage in the home garden.

Yard and Garden: Propagating Houseplants

Yard and Garden News - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 09:53

Propagating houseplants is usually an easy leaf cutting procedure. However some houseplants require techniques such as air layering and cane cuttings to successfully start new plants.

Yard and Garden: Select Cold Hardy Fruit Tree Cultivars

Yard and Garden News - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:21

Several species of fruits can be grown successfully in Iowa for home use or commercial sales. However, because of our winter temperatures and local soil conditions, not all fruits or fruit cultivars are adapted to all areas of the state. Find out which ones are best suited for Iowa.

Fruit Tree Workshops Offer Hands-on Apple Tree Grafting

Yard and Garden News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:35

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering fruit tree grafting workshops on March 28, March 29, April 6 and April 7. Participants will hear a presentation on why and how to graft fruit trees by commercial horticulture specialist, Patrick O’Malley and take part in a hands-on apple tree grafting demonstration.

High Tunnel Workshops to Explore and Address Common Challenges

Yard and Garden News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 05:19

Three workshops will be held to help growers, industry representatives, local food coordinators, extension staff and county horticulturists learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production.

Growing Together Mini-Grants Awarded to 26 Iowa Counties

Yard and Garden News - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:53

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program has announced 26 recipients of its Growing Together mini-grant program. The projects will receive more than $90,000 in grant money through SNAP-Education.

Yard and Garden: Forcing Blooms Indoors

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 05:49

Iowa gardeners can have an early breath of spring by forcing branches of spring flowering trees and shrubs into bloom. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on forcing blooms indoors.

Morel Mushroom Certification Available through Workshop

Yard and Garden News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 07:37

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a three-hour class for anyone interested in being certified to sell morel mushrooms legally within the state of Iowa. The workshop will be held on three consecutive Saturdays in April on the Iowa State University campus.

Valentine's Day Flower Care

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 13:00
More cut flowers are purchased on Valentine’s Day than on any other day of the year, in spite of the fact that the holiday falls in the dead of winter. When buying a bouquet, it can be hard to determine how best to care for cut flowers and make them last. Cindy Haynes, a horticulturalist from Iowa State University, has some tips for selecting cut flowers. “We like roses that are fairly tight in bud that are showing good color,” Haynes says. “Red roses and some of the darker colored roses don’t show that damage quite as much as something like a white rose.” Care should be taken when selecting dyed flowers. “The addition of the dye, particularly for the roses, might shorten the life expectancy a little bit,” Haynes says. On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Haynes and Iowa State University horticulturalist Richard Jauron about getting the most out of cut flowers any day of the year, judging a bouquet, and extending a flower's life expectancy. They also answer listener

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