January 13, 2017
Indoor plants and trees brighten our homes through the winter, but require extra considerations concerning indoor temperatures light. Learn more about starting and maintaining indoor-friendly plants and trees in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard and Garden news release from January 5, 2017.
Winter can be a drab time in the home landscape, especially compared to the bright colors of spring, summer and fall. However, colorful fruit and bark can provide a splash of variety to the landscape. Learn more about colorful winter plants and trees in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Yard and Garden news release from January 11, 2017.
The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will explore how Master Gardeners can support food security during its winter webcast series. Learn more in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach news release from December 14, 2016.
On Dec. 17, 2016, a large tree fell on a wedding party near Los Angeles, Calif., killing one and injuring several others. While fatalities from falling trees are uncommon, this incident is a worthy reminder of the importance of properly maintaining and pruning trees in urban landscapes. Learn more in the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach news release from January 12, 2017.
This year marks the ninth annual "Day of Insects" at Reiman Gardens. Held on Saturday, March 24th at Iowa State University's Reiman Gardens, DOI is a day filled with 15 presentations from professionals, academics, advocates, and enthusiasts covering a wide range of insect related topics. From young beginners to seasoned veterans, DOI has something for everyone interested in or involved with insects.
While gardeners can purchase bedding plants at garden centers and greenhouses in spring, many gardeners prefer to get a head start on the garden season by starting flower and vegetable seedlings indoors. Growing quality seedlings indoors requires high quality seeds, a well-drained growing medium, containers, proper temperature and moisture conditions, and adequate light.
The frequency of plant samples slows down during the winter months, while the household insect identifications continue to trickle in. During this slow time, diagnosticians work hard to prepare for educational events and update our online resources and publications that can be downloaded free of change from the Extension Store.