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How Do You Care For Cut Flowers?

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 11:41
More cut flowers are purchased on Valentine’s Day than on any other day of the year, in spite of the fact that the holiday falls in the dead of winter. During this episode of Talk of Iowa , Charity Nebbe talks with Cindy Haynes and Richard Jauron from Iowa State University Extension about keeping those flowers fresh for as long as possible.

Advice For Pruning Oak Trees

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 14:28
The ideal window of time to safely prune oak trees is around the corner. On this 'Horticulture Day' edition of Talk of Iowa, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron and ISU Horticulture Professor and Chair Jeff Iles give advice on properly trimming and pruning oak trees.

Best Holiday Gifts For Gardeners According To "Talk of Iowa's" Horticulture Day

Fri, 12/20/2019 - 13:16
During this episode of Talk of Iowa, Iowa State University Associate Professor Cindy Haynes and Reiman Gardens Associate Director Aaron Steil offer gift recommendations for gardeners and plant-enthusiasts.

Caring For Holiday Plants

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:41
Indoor plants are popular during the holiday season and often require specific instructions for maintenance and care. During this Talk of Iowa podcast, ISU Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron and Assistant Director of Reiman Gardens Aaron Steil explain how to help plants and flowers like Poinsettias, Norfolk Island Pine, and holiday cacti thrive throughout December and beyond.

Welcoming Wildlife Into Gardens And Landscapes

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 19:43
ISU Extension Wildlife Specialist Adam Janke joins this weekly 'Horticulture Day' edition of Talk of Iowa with host Charity Nebbe. He explains how to transform a landscape into a wildlife-friendly space. He says diversifying your yard with a water source, dead logs and branches, rocks, and native plant species will help entice a range of wildlife from birds to salamanders to deer.

The Power Of Organic Farming In Iowa

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 15:53
Organic farming is on the rise in Iowa according to ISU Extension Organic Specialist Kathleen Delate. "Unique advantages associated with organic practices are pushing the industry forward," she says. Delate joins Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe to talk about organic farming and how crop diversity can optimize profits during this episode of the show. By cultivating many different types of organic plants, she says farmers avoid the risk of growing just one or two failing crops. "Organic farms as a whole are much more diverse than our conventional corn, soybean farms," Delate says. Delate is also organizing the 2019 Iowa Organic Conference , which will take place on Nov. 24 and 25 at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City. The conference will focus on how crop diversity can lead to economic stability for organic farmers. Later on, Delate and ISU Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron answer questions from listeners regarding agriculture, plants and trees. Guests: Kathleen Delate ,

Preparing Plants For Winter

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 14:14
In order to thrive in spring, plants have to successfully transition through the long winter months, so prepping many types of plants and gardens ahead of time is a key step. On this edition of 'Horticulture Day,' Assistant Director of Reiman Gardens Aaron Steil and ISU Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron join Charity Nebbe to lay out the do's and don'ts of getting ready for winter. Steil recommends collecting and storing seeds, such as marigolds and zinnias, to plant in the spring. He also suggests piling up raked leaves to turn into a leaf mold over the course of, roughly, six months. The resulting leaf mold can then be spread as a beneficial mulch over challenging soil, Steil says. Jauron and Steil advise against clearing everything out of a garden before winter, and pruning should also be held off until later. The experts also answer calls and emails with questions about plants, trees, and lawn care. Guests: Richard Jauron, ISU extension horticulture specialist Aaron