October 14, 2022

Fall Garden Clean-Up

fall garden

When autumn arrives, several things can be done to prepare the garden for winter and the following growing season. Learn more about what to do with perennials, annuals, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and lawns this fall.

Planting Spring Bulbs

planting bulb

The fall months are a great time to select and plant spring-flowering bulbs for next year. Learn about selection, planting, and solutions to common problems when planting plants like daffodils, tulips, crocus, grape hyacinth, and others. 

Annuals from Cuttings

coleus cuttings

With the first frost approaching it can be difficult to let all the annuals die. Some annuals can be propagated from cuttings and grown indoors over winter to be planted again next spring. Learn how from this article.

Cross Pollination of Squash and Other Vine Crops


Cross-pollination is often blamed for poorly flavored squash, melons, or cucumbers.  While cross-pollination can occur and produce some interesting squash, the effects are not seen until the following year.  Learn about the science behind cross-pollination and its effect on your vegetables in this article.

Fall Planting

Newly Planted Ornamental Grass in Fall

While spring is the traditional planting season in Iowa, late summer and early fall is an excellent time to plant many landscape plants. This article gives advice on fall planting of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, spring-flowering bulbs, lawns, and vegetables.