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Yard and Garden: Handling and Harvesting Strawberry Plantings

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 03:12

Fresh strawberries are easy to grow and a favorite of many across Iowa, but growers can still encounter issues caused by weather conditions or connected to a timely harvest.

Master Gardeners Offer Three Growing Season Webcasts

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:11

The Iowa Master Gardener program will host three Growing Season webcasts this summer. Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about urban tree selection, gardening with youth and landscaping for wildlife.

Local Foods Team Collaborates on Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 04:38

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, released the Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey earlier this week. The survey, which uses data from the 2015 growing season, is the first comprehensive statewide look at Iowa horticulture in more than a decade.

Yard and Garden: Caring for Newly Planted Trees

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 09:58

Iowa has millions of trees across its landscape, and many are planted each year. But when they are, they require multiple steps and focused care to ensure their success and growth.

Yard and Garden: Constructing a Grape or Raspberry Trellis

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 05:13

Grapes and raspberries can be grown in the back yard, with a little bit of ingenuity and work. Creating a trellis to support the plants in a home garden is within the means of most gardeners, with a little bit of effort.

Planting for Pollinators Earns Search for Excellence Award

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 05:13

The Linn County Master Gardeners have received the Search for Excellence award for the Planting for Pollinators program. The Search for Excellence award is given annually by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program.

Yard and Garden: Caring for and Harvesting Rhubarb

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:35

Rhubarb is a popular in Iowa gardens, adding flavor to early-summer produce harvests. Proper care and harvest will ensure a bountiful, delicious crop.

Simpler to Ask Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic to Identify Pests and Problems

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 06:42

It is now simpler for Iowans to submit insects and plants for identification and diseases for diagnosis.

Many Ways to Take Part in National Arbor Day

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 08:15

A large number of towns across Iowa will be hosting events this weekend in celebration of National Arbor Day. All 81 communities that have TreeCityUSA designations have an activity planned that is open to the public.

Yard and Garden: Successfully Planting Trees during Spring

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 11:05

Spring is a time for renewal and growth, and it’s also an excellent time for new beginnings. Planting a new tree (or trees) is a great way to create a legacy that can last for generations on a landscape. However, planting trees requires specific care and steps to ensure a successful outcome.

Yard and Garden: Container Gardening

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 05:35

A traditional home garden is a popular way to grow vegetables, but it’s far from the only way. Growing vegetable plants in containers can also produce a bountiful crop, although care must be taken to ensure meaningful growth. 

EAB Treatment Windows Open for Protecting Healthy Ash Trees

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 04:06

Iowans who want to protect their ash trees have options for a brief time this spring. However, the options apply only to valuable and healthy ash trees within 15 miles of a known infestation of emerald ash borer.

Yard and Garden: Planting and Handling Raspberry Plants

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 09:09

Raspberries are a delicious part of any home garden, and growing them can be rewarding. But care must be taken to ensure that they develop properly, grow disease-free and produce a bountiful harvest. 

Aquaponics Provides Sustainable Fresh Fish, Produce

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 06:21

Aquaponics, a union of hydroponicsand aquaculture, provides a fast, efficient method of producing both plan and fish crops, allowing fresh produce to be grown indoors throughout the year.

Hort and Home Pest Newsletter Celebrates Milestone Birthday

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 09:30

Thirty years ago this week the first issue of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Horticulture and Home Pest Newsletter arrived in mailboxes across the state.

Yard and Garden: Fertilizing Small Fruits for Spring

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 04:48

Planting small fruits in gardens is a popular part of spring. But some need more support than others. When is it right to fertilize small fruits? Or should it be done at all?

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Fayette and Madison Counties, Iowa

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 04:17

The emerald ash borer can now be linked to 45 counties in Iowa as Fayette and Madison counties are the most recent to be added to that growing list. EAB is a destructive wood-boring beetle that attacks and kills all ash tree species. This exotic pest was first discovered in Iowa in 2010.

Yard and Garden: Planting Carrots in the Home Garden

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 09:57

Carrots are a great part of any garden vegetable crop and an excellent addition to a homegrown garden bounty. Where do you plant them? When is the best time? Which varieties work well in this climate? 

Yard and Garden: Caring for Hostas in Spring

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 05:51

Spring is here, and hostas are a popular part of outdoor landscaping plans. They are easy to grow, but certain steps in planting and dividing them must be followed in order to ensure optimal performance.

Yard and Garden: Preparing Garden Soil for Spring Planting

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:59

Although snow is on the ground in much of Iowa, spring is upon us. It’s time to think about planting gardens, but before that happens, proper care must be taken to ensure the soil is ready for growth. That means fertilizing soil, testing it and, perhaps, applying materials like lime.