January 10, 2007

Essential Resources for your County Office - Books


With the Horticulture In-Service wrapping up last week, one participant asked what types of resources we use to help us, the "so-called experts", answer questions. Besides all of those wonderful extension publications that reside in many county offices, there are an incredible number of books in print on all aspects of gardening. So, I started a list of "essentials" and asked my colleagues what books they would include. Below is a listing of books that are always on our bookshelves and are dog-eared from frequent use.

Mushrooms in Houseplant Pots


The Plant Disease Clinic occasionally receives calls about small, yellow mushrooms that pop up in the pots of houseplants. What are they? Where did they come from? Are they harmful to the plant? Can they harm people or pets?

Sources of Small Fruits


Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and other small fruits are delicious additions to the home garden. (Lists of recommended varieties for Iowa can be found in PM-453 Fruit Cultivars for Iowa.) Small fruit plants can be purchased at local garden centers and mail-order nurseries. Possible mail-order sources include the following.