Current Issue: November 11, 2022

New Diagnostician Staff at the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic


The ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic (PIDC) welcomes two new diagnostician staff.

Selecting and Caring for a Cut Christmas Tree


The last weekend in November has many out looking for a cut Christmas tree. Use this guide to help select the best tree for your living room and keep it fresh and green through the holiday season. 

Protecting Trees and Shrubs from Animal Damage Over Winter


Deer, rabbits, mice, voles, and other animals can cause a lot of damage to trees and shrubs over the winter months. Prevention is key to managing these garden pests. Taking steps now, in the fall, keeps woody plants healthy.

AAS Winners are Great New Plants to Grow in Your Home Garden


In 2022, All-America Selections is celebrating 90 years of trialing new varieties for the home gardener. There have been plenty of exciting new winners that merit a place in your garden that will be highlighted in this series. See this month's picks!

All About Witch Hazels


A shrub that flowers in winter? That sounds unlikely but witch hazels do just that - even in Iowa! Learn more about these wonderful shrubs in this article.

Growing Hardy Figs in Iowa


Figs are incredibly versatile and often used in cooking and baking. Found in both savory and sweet dishes, they often add a delicate sweetness. However, finding fresh figs in Iowa is not as easy as using them for cooking. This does not have to be the case, as growing figs in your home garden can be simple and rewarding.