Yard and Garden News

Subscribe to Yard and Garden News feed
Updated: 38 min 40 sec ago

Yard and Garden: Select Cold Hardy Fruit Tree Cultivars

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Yard and Garden: All about Raspberries

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 03:59

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on growing and pruning raspberries.

Master Gardener Impact Felt Across Iowa

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 03:34

Growing healthier, happier and more equitable communities is at the heart of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program. Master Gardeners spent 2017 working to reach these goals through a variety of projects.

Yard and Garden: Getting Tuberous Begonias Started Indoors

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 03:16

Now is the time to begin thinking about getting tuberous begonias out of storage and ready for spring planting. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on dates and procedures for starting them indoors.

Yard and Garden: All about Milkweed

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 05:03

Some milkweed species are attractive additions to home landscapes, and monarch butterflies like them too. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on selecting and establishing milkweed.

Master Gardeners Offer Three Winter Webcasts

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 05:20

The ISU Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will host three Growing Season webcasts this winter, covering the topics of starting vegetable seeds and growing transplants, managing volunteers, and building food security partnerships.

Yard and Garden: Get a Start on Geraniums for Summer

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:11

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on starting geraniums from seeds and overwintering for summer planting.

Acreage Management Improved through Small Farms Conference

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 09:16

The third annual Iowa Small Farms Conference, Feb. 10 in Ames, will address topics such as farm finances, hops production, gardening, wildlife habitat and beekeeping.

Yard and Garden: Winter Care for Houseplants

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 07:11

Giving houseplants special care and attention during winter will help keep them growing and vibrant. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists answer questions about the care of specific houseplants.

Yard and Garden: Keep Amaryllis Plants Growing

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 04:31

Amaryllis plants are a fun, festive addition to the holiday season. But what should be done with them after they’re finished flowering? Can they and paperwhite narcissus bulbs be forced to bloom again?

Master Gardeners Work to Decrease Food Insecurity

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 02:52

Master Gardener volunteers donated produce grown in 15 counties as well as demonstration gardens from six Iowa State research farms as part of the Growing Together initiative. The total donation came to 74,841 pounds of fruits and vegetables that went to more than 75 locations across the state.

Yard and Garden: Caring for Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:21

Winter is the perfect time to focus on indoor plants. A number of plants thrive indoors and don’t require much attention.

Care for Indoor Plants During Winter Months

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 03:23

Indoor plants don’t grow as much during the winter, meaning they require less maintenance.

Yard and Garden: Planting and Growing Holly Varieties in Iowa

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 04:43

Holly is a decorative and festive part of the holiday season, and quite a few varieties are available. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists discuss the history of this seasonal favorite and offer tips on selecting hollies that perform well in Iowa.

Pesticide Applicator Course Offered at Fruit and Vegetable Grower Conference

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 03:12

The Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference is approved as a continuing instruction course for fruit and vegetable commercial (Category 1D) and private pesticide applicators. The conference will be held Jan. 25-26, 2018.