March 23, 2001

Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

Fresh blueberries are one of summer's best-tasting treats. They are excellent in pies, muffins, and pancakes. Blueberries are also a great topping for breakfast cereals.

Blueberry plants can be successfully grown in Iowa. However, they do have special growing requirements.

Snow Mold on Lawns

Gray snow mold has been spotted on lawns already this year. Snow mold fungi work under a protective blanket of snow and make themselves known when the snow begins to melt in the spring. Circular bleached patches a few inches to a foot in diameter become obvious. These patches sometimes overlap and cause large irregular areas of browning.

Problems commonly occur in years with prolonged snow cover. Snow molds get an early start when a wet, deep snow falls on unfrozen ground. The fall and winter weather this season was favorable for snow mold fungi.