Current Issue: June 17, 2022
Pollinator Week recognizes and celebrates the importance of pollinator health. An initiative of the Pollinator Partnership, it is a time to raise awareness for pollinators and spread the word about what can be done to protect them.
It is a good time to remember that not all plant injuries are caused by pathogens like viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Some symptoms are caused by abiotic (non-living or environmental) factors, including herbicides.
Blackberries, black raspberries, and raspberries are different species of brambles, so their management can differ. Raspberries can have either red or yellow fruit, but they are the same species of plant and so they have the same management. Brambles also come in 2 groups: summer bearing (floricane) and everbearing (primocane). For the items described in this article, we assume you are growing summer-bearing (floricane) cultivars.
Early summer is a great time to remove excess grapevine shoots. Learn which vines to prune out and how to do it.
While many woody trees and shrubs bloom in the spring, there are several great selections for Iowa that look their best in June, July, and August. Consider these shrubs to add color and interest to the garden in the summer.