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Yard and Garden: Construct a Homemade Christmas Wreath

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

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

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

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.

Yard and Garden: Forcing Amaryllis Bulbs Indoors for Holiday Use

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?

New Aquaponics Publications Help Hobbyists, Commercial Growers

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

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.

Yard and Garden: Identify and Enjoy Crabapples

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

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?

Learning Session for Value Added Producer Grant Preparation

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

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

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.

Yard and Garden: Properly Harvesting and Storing Fall Garden Produce

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

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.

Yard and Garden: Caring for Newly Planted Trees through Winter

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:25

Newly planted trees can eventually add great color and valuable cover to any landscape. But winter’s harsh conditions can hamper, delay or completely derail their development.

Yard and Garden: Proper Timing, Planting and Care for Daffodil Cultivars

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:14

Fall can be a great time to plant multiple types of spring-flowering bulbs, and daffodils are an excellent choice. However, several steps must be followed to ensure their success in spring. What needs to be done?

Yard and Garden: Timing and Applying Broadleaf Lawn Herbicides

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 04:08

Fall is an excellent time to apply broadleaf herbicides to lawns, but take care to do it properly and effectively. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer questions about the right time and methods

ISU Extension and Outreach Annual Turfgrass Field Day Is Sept. 12

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:37

The Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station will host the Iowa Turfgrass Field and Demonstration Day Sept. 12. The event will offer information and training for turfgrass management on golf courses, sports fields, and home lawns and landscapes.

Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 08:16

The 50th anniversary of Iowa State University’s Horticulture Research Station will be celebrated Sept. 16 at the farm near Ames.

Yard and Garden: Proper Care of Reblooming Fall Plants

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:16

Summer is winding down and fall is almost here. That means it’s time to start focusing on plants that rebloom during colder months, like the amaryllis or the Christmas cactus. They often require specialized care to reach their full potential.