March 9, 2005

Garden Don'ts, Part 1

Garden Don'ts - Part I

I was recently asked by a novice gardener to give him a few tips for his garden. "What can I do to grow plants better or have a better looking landscape?" As I sit here and ponder my answer, I think it might have been easier to tell him (and others) what not to do first.

Some of the garden don'ts that instantly came to my mind were:

Gardening in the Zone update

Iowa State University Extension and Iowa Gardening Magazine have teamed up to produce a new series of Gardening in the Zone (GIZ) video segments for the 2005 growing season. Look for these weekly 2-minute tips on your local television stations starting in March!

City/Area Station Identification Day GIZ airs Time GIZ airs Central Iowa KCCI Fridays 5 p.m. o clock news Cedar Rapids KCRG Fridays Early a.m. news

Diplodia Tip Blight and Diplodia Canker

Diplodia tip blight is a common fungal disease of Austrian pine, although Scots, mugo, and red pine may also be affected. The Diplodia fungus infects the growing buds and shoots, causing the newest needles of a tree to be stunted and brown. These needles appear as short brown tufts at the ends of the branches. Small black reproductive structures of the fungus can be seen at the base of these stunted needles.

2005 Plants of the Year

It is that time of year again -- time to mention all the plants selected as winners for 2005. And the winners are .

Herb of the Year