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Yard and Garden: Grow a Moth Orchid

Yard and Garden News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:40
Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain how to grow the moth orchid, a variety considered to be one of the easiest orchids to grow indoors.

Yard and Garden: Brighten Winter with a Clivia Plant

Yard and Garden News - Wed, 01/09/2019 - 16:04
Flowers are one of the best antidotes to the icy winds of winter. This winter consider growing a clivia plant.

Winter Webcasts Are Educational Opportunity for Master Gardeners

Yard and Garden News - Tue, 01/08/2019 - 11:48
Those attending webinars will learn about managing vegetable pests, engaging with new audiences and gardening in containers.

House Feeling Drab? Try Some New Indoor Flowering Plants

Hort Day Podcast - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 12:38
With a palette of grays, browns, and whites, winter in Iowa can be pretty drab, but flowering plants can brighten things up. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron and Aaron Steil of Reiman Gardens join host Charity Nebbe and introduce us to flowering houseplants that are easy to grow and bloom reliably. They also answer listener questions.

Yard and Garden: Fun Facts about Holiday Plants

Yard and Garden News - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 14:24
The history and bits of trivia about mistletoe, Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti, and poinsettias are certain to be safe conversation topics for family gatherings. Learn fun facts about these holiday plants.

Yard and Garden: Poinsettia Care

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:56
Correctly watering poinsettias will deter several common problems associated with this popular holiday flower. Iowa State horticulturists share how.

ISU Awarded Grant to Continue Hosting Regional Center for Food Safety

Yard and Garden News - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:24
Iowa State University has received a grant to continue hosting the North Central Region Center for FSMA Training, Extension and Technical assistance to help fruit and vegetable growers and processors comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) across the 12-state region.

Yard and Garden: Pruning Oak Trees

Yard and Garden News - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:01
Oak trees, generally pruned for safety reasons and the health of the tree, should be pruned during winter months. Learn why and how from horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

'Tis the Season for Festive Poinsettias

Hort Day Podcast - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:47
The poinsettia is everywhere this time of year. It’s beautiful, but where did this plant come from and how did it become such an important Christmas symbol? On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulturist Chris Currey about the long history of the poinsettia. Later in the hour, Richard Jauron joins to answer listener questions. Poinsettias are native to Northern Guatemala and Northern Mexico. According to Currey, they first took off as a holiday plant in the United States around 1828 in Philadelphia and then were formally named in Scotland shortly after. While poinsettias were originally red, breeding has allowed for a wide range of colors. "When you started to get into breeding poinsettias then they would purposefully make crosses to create more variety in the colors," Currey says. "You have everything from white, pink, red... to deep plum purple." Because of their native home in the tropics, the ideal temperature for poinsettias is

Yard and Garden: Blooms for the Holidays

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 11:41
Amaryllis and holiday cacti provide lovely indoor blooms during winter months with proper care and planning. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips for maintaining plants so they can be enjoyed for many years.

What Makes Something the "Bee's Knees" Anyway?

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 15:04
Got a "bee in your bonnet?" Fighting a major "computer bug" on your laptop? Insect-themed idioms have found a solid place in our everyday language, and on this horticulture day edition of Talk of Iowa , we're finding out just how that came to be. This hour, Charity Nebbe is joined by Iowa State University Extension horticulture expert Richard Jauron and Iowa State University professor of entomology Donalod Lewis, who has written and researched on the topic of insects in language. In case you find yourself wanting to read more on the topic, below is the essay, " Insect-Infested Language , " originally published by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Horticulture and Home Pest News. ----- Way back in 1999, our attention was focused on the “Y2K Computer Bug,” a reminder of a point known well to entomologists; that is, “bugs” are everywhere. Of course we see the real things throughout the landscape and garden but even more common are references and allusions to insects that pepper

Preparing Your Garden for Winter

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:36
I t’s early November and winter weather has arrived! On this Horticulture Day edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with horticulture specialists Richard Jauron and Cindy Haynes about preparing your yard and garden for winter. They talk co vering the strawberries, prepping the roses, and getting ready to fend off hungry bunnies. Later in the hour, Jauron and Haynes answer listener questions. Strawberries typically need to be covered with 4-5 inches of straw around mid-November. Perennials such as asparagus can be left alone until late March or early April. For roses, protection depends on the variety. "The shrub roses, those hardy roses, you really don't have to do much," Haynes says. "With the hybrid tea roses, what I usually recommend is tying up those canes a bit, putting a mound of soil or compost at the base of the plant, because that's what you're trying to protect... and then putting some straw or dried leaves on top of that." If you're still hoping to plant bulbs,

Yard and Garden: Keeping Fall Garden Produce

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:42
Vegetable gardens may close down for the winter in Iowa, but gardeners can still enjoy the vegetables they have grown. Many vegetables keep for months in cold storage when provided the right conditions.

Master Gardener Training Culminates with Class on Campus

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 08:48
Fall training for 300 ISU Extension and Outreach Master Gardener trainees culminated with a full-day class on the Iowa State University campus, Ames.

Tree Care: Pruning 101

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 11:58
Winter can be a sleepy time for gardeners, but it's a great time to start making plans for the trees in your landscape. On this horticulture day edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe gets the lowdown on tree pruning with Jeff Iles, professor and chair of the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University. Later in the hour, Iowa State University horticulture specialist Richard Jauron and DNR Forester Mark Vitosh join to answer listener questions. Early winter is the ideal season to start looking at your trees with pruning in mind. As the leaves fall, you can see the full structure of your trees and assess any damage that may have occurred during the year. "The calendar isn't in our favor if we want to start doing a lot of work. Trees respond better to wounding, and of course pruning is a wound, when it's done in the late dormant season and even during the summer," Iles says. "However, we can go out and take stock of the woody plants in our yards and landscapes and make some

Yard and Garden: Forcing Paperwhite Narcissus

Yard and Garden News - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 14:57
Paperwhite narcissus is a type of narcissus flowering bulb that makes for great home decoration during the holidays. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists share information on paperwhite narcissus to help brighten homes this winter.

Planting Cover Crops in Your Garden

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 11:40
Planting a cover crop in your garden sounds like a wonderful idea, but for some of us, making it happen might be an unfamiliar challenge. On this horticulture day edition of Talk of Iowa , Iowa State University Extension O rganic Specialist Kathleen Delate joins host Charity Nebbe to talk cover crops for the garden and to give a preview of the 2018 Iowa Organic Conference. Later in the hour, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron joins to answer listener questions. This year the 18th annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held November 18-19 at the University of Iowa Memorial Union. "This year we're focusing on soils," Delate says. "Our keynote speaker will be Dr. David Montgomery, the author of the famous book Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. " To keep Iowa's reknowned soil packed with nutrients, home gardeners and farmers alike can use cover crops to enrich their garden, particularly over winter. "Cover crops help break cycles of weeds, insects, and

Yard and Garden: Storing Garden Supplies and Tools

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 10:40
Store garden supplies and tools for over-winter before cold winter weather arrives. Start the new year with protected supplies – and perhaps a 2019 garden calendar.

How to Pick and Carve the Perfect Pumpkin

Hort Day Podcast - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 16:19
In search of the perfect pumpkin this fall? Never fear! We've got advice. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Richard Jauron of Iowa State University Extension and Aaron Steil of Reiman Gardens in Ames about how to pick, carve, and create the perfect jack o' lantern this fall.

Yard and Garden: Germinating Tree Seeds

Yard and Garden News - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:35
There are two ways to start tree seeds – the natural way, which often includes sowing the seeds in the fall, or through forced or assisted germination. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach detail assisted germination of several common Iowa tree seeds.

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