October 20, 2017

Home Vegetable Storage Requirements


Several vegetables can be successfully stored for several months when the crop is properly harvested, cured/dried, and stored.  The temperature and humidity requirements for the storage of several commonly grown vegetables are provided below. 

Onions

Minute Pirate Bugs are Biting - ARGH!


The nicest, sunniest, warmest days of autumn are when most of us first notice the minute pirate bugs (also called the insidious flower bug).  While we're enjoying the sunshine the pirate bugs are casting about looking for just-one-more meal before winter sets in and shuts them down until next spring.  The distinguishing characteristic of oval-shaped, black-and-white minute pirate bugs is that when they land on your bare skin they bite with a pain that is way out of proportion to their minute size (1/5th inch).

Are Crabapples OK to Eat?


Yes, the fruits of crabapple trees are edible, usually as jellies or preserves.  Learn the difference between crabapples and apples and which crabapples have the best fruit for culinary purposes in the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Yard and Garden new release from October 19, 2017.

High Tunnel Production and Management Short Course - November 6, 2017


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a short course on the production and management of several high tunnel crops and the economics and marketing aspects of high tunnel crop production.  The course will be held on Nov.

Plan Ahead for Fall Foliage Colors


Curious about the fall foliage colors in the state this year?  See the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Yard and Garden news release from October 12, 2017 for trees and shrubs that produce the most colorful fall foliage.

Forcing Hyacinth Bulbs Indoors During Winter


Hyacinths are a popular spring plant, but planning ahead during colder weather can make them easier to enjoy before warm temperatures arrive next spring.  See the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Yard and Garden new release from October 4, 2017 to learn the important steps to successfully forcing bulbs to flower indoors.