February 12, 2021

Horticultural Black History Month Celebrations

Black Botanists Lecture Series.  The Holden Arboretum (Kirtland, OH) is presenting a black botanist lecture series. Read more at https://holdenarb.org/visit/events-lectures/scientist-lecture/

Begonias for Indoors or Outdoors

white flowers on wax begonia

Begonias are popular as annual bedding plants outdoors and as houseplants indoors.  There are about 1500 different begonia species native to tropical regions worldwide, including Central and South America, Asia, and Africa.  According to the American Begonia Society, there are seven different types of begonias – divided primarily based on their species and growth habit.  All are tropical plants that prefer warm, humid conditions.  All are sensitive to cold temperatures.  While wax begonias and tuberous begonias are common landscape plants in Iowa, the rest are more

2021 Workshops for Morel and Oyster Mushrooms Certification Scheduled

golden oyster mushrooms

2021 Workshops for Morel and Oyster Mushrooms Certification Scheduled

To legally sell morel and oyster mushrooms in Iowa, sellers must complete a certification workshop that covers identifying morels and oyster and distinguishing between true and false morels. People can be poisoned by eating misidentified mushrooms. By the end of the workshops, participants will recognize true edible morel and oyster mushrooms.

Growing Scallions from Scraps

Unfortunately for gardeners, there are many times of the year or living situations that make gardening difficult or impossible. Whether it is during the late fall and winter, living in an apartment, or having little spare land to grow on. Indoor gardening is a great way to get around these challenges. This particular tip is fantastic for beginner gardeners or someone facing some of the limits on outdoor gardening mentioned above.

Online Training for Local Food Producers and Farmers Marketers

Online training on Iowa's food safety regulations is available for Iowans who make and sell foods out of their homes or sell produce at farmers markets.   There is a $35 fee for the self-paced, online course.

Fruit and Vegetable Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course

A Fruit and Vegetable Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course will be held on February 22, 2021, from 9:00-11:20 am.  The virtual training is for commercial fruit and vegetable pesticide appllcators (Category 1D) and private pesticide applicators.  There is a $35 fee to participate, and pre-registration is required.