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Yard and Garden: Summer Care for Roses

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:25
Gardeners successfully grow a wide variety of roses in sunny Iowa garden areas. Follow these tips on deadheading, watering and Japanese beetle removal to keep roses attractive throughout the summer.

Extension Offers Resources for Times When Extreme Weather Strikes

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:11
As Iowans deal with extreme heat, flooding, drought, hail and tornadoes, they have resources available from ISU Extension and Outreach to reduce the personal impact.

Produce Safety Field Days Scheduled for Summer

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:55
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Iowa Farmers Union and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will host a series of produce safety field days this summer focused on the Food Safety Modernization Act and horticulture best practices.

Improve Lawn Care with Turfgrass Management Calendar

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:56
A well-timed plan, and the ability to stick with the plan for several years, is critical to being able to improve the health and appearance of a yard. A new extension publication provides a management and action plan that runs from March through November, giving instruction for yard maintenance activities for spring, summer and fall.

Yard and Garden: Maintaining a Strawberry Bed

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:47
Fresh strawberries, a favorite of almost everyone, are relatively easy to grow and hardy throughout Iowa. Learn how to maintain productivity of a home garden strawberry planting.

Two Counties Earn Master Gardener Search for Excellence Award

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 10:32
The Pocahontas County and Webster County Master Gardeners have received the 2018 Search for Excellence award for their work in their communities. The Search for Excellence award is given annually by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program.

Yard and Garden: Get Ahead of the Weeds

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 09:00
Complete control of weeds in the home lawn or garden is not a practical goal for many homeowners. A more realistic approach is to minimize weed populations through various control measures.

Yard and Garden: Growing Bearded Irises

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 14:12
Follow these tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists to maintain a colorful, attractive iris planting.

Yard and Garden: Daffodil Care

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:43
Home gardeners often have questions about how to manage foliage and bulbs after spring blooming. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists share information about daffodil care.

Yard and Garden: Flowering Fruit Trees

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 08:11
The characteristics of the tree, its environment, the cultural practices used and the weather all affect a tree’s ability to begin and continue to bear fruit. The key to avoiding poor fruit set is to provide conditions favorable for flower bud formation, survival and pollination.

Yard and Garden: Proper Lawn Mowing

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 16:44
A lawn’s overall appearance is directly related to the maintenance provided. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on lawn mowing this week.

Master Gardeners Offer Three Growing Season Webcasts

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 11:24
The Iowa Master Gardener program will host a trio of Growing Season webcasts this summer about insects, tree care, organic vegetables, composting and growing roses.

Yard and Garden: Growing Geraniums

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 09:56
Garden geraniums are popular flowering plants, easy to grow and provide color in the garden from May to frost.

Yard and Garden: How to Grow Hot and Sweet Peppers

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:34
Whether hot or sweet, peppers are easily grown in the Iowa home garden.

Field Guide Showcases the Mammals of Iowa

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 08:34
From the tiny masked shrew to the iconic white-tailed deer, mammals of all different sizes call this state home. The 57 species of wild mammals routinely found in Iowa is the focus of a new ISU Extension and Outreach publication titled “Mammals of Iowa.”

Yard and Garden: Growing Tomatoes

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:09
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on suitable locations, good varieties and proper planting of tomatoes.

Yard and Garden: Establish an Asparagus Patch

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 16:19
Asparagus plantings will produce good crops for 15 to 20 years if planted in a favorable location and good cultural practices are followed. Learn how to start an asparagus patch.

Yard and Garden: Preparing Garden Soil

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 16:13
Most soils in Iowa are well suited for vegetables, flowers and turf; a few may have special problems needing correction before planting.

Shop, Learn and Grow at the 2018 Siouxland Garden Show

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 16:22
Just in time for spring, the Siouxland Garden Show is April 6-7 at the Hilton Garden Inn Sioux City Riverfront. The show will feature educational sessions, a Winter Farmers Market, garden vendors, wineries and much more.

Yard and Garden: Growing Beets

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.