April 16, 2004

Gardening on TV


Iowa State University Extension and Iowa Gardening Magazine have teamed up to produce several 2-minute gardening segments for Iowa television stations. These weekly segments currently are being broadcast in the central Iowa area on KCCI of Des Moines during the 5 o'clock news. More stations across the state may soon broadcast the segments as well. If you are out of the viewing area, you can download the current video segment from the Iowa State University Extension Web site .


This article originally appeared in the 4/16/2004 issue.


Growing Dahlias

Dahlias perform best in full sun and well-drained soil; they may rot in wet, poorly drained soils. Tuberous roots radiate out from the dahlia crown like the spokes of a wagon wheel. Viable tubers must have an eye originating from the crown portion, plus a neck that connects the crown to the body of the tuberous root.