November 1, 2013

Mulching Strawberries

To insure a bountiful strawberry crop next year, home gardeners should mulch their strawberry plantings this fall. 

What Garden Foliage to Cut in the Fall

Preparing the garden for winter is a matter of cleaning up and covering up.

Dealing with Fallen Leaves

Autumn leaves drift by my window and cover the lawn, drive and sidewalk.

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Established in Eastern Iowa

Officials with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) announced on November 1, 2013 that a quarantine of twenty-five eastern Iowa counties has been issued to help prevent t

Winter Protection for Chrysanthemums

Mums offer gardeners a wide range of colors and flower forms and only require moderate levels of maintenance.  Read how to get the most enjoyment out of mums at the

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Popping Up in New Locations in Iowa

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a new invasive insect that was first found in the U.S. in 1998 and in Iowa (Scott County) in 2012.  See HHPN from October 17, 2012.  

Spotted Wing Drosophila Update

If your raspberries had small maggot-like larvae in the fruit like the ones pictured below you are not alone.