Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 12:38
"How about 'Sweating in the Garden' this year at the 2012 Home Demonstration Garden Field Days?" asks Cindy Haynes, consumer horticulturist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Field days scheduled from July 24 to Aug. 11 will feature several themes, including: compact, space-saving plants; foliage plants; sweet corn; and several other new varieties of flowers and vegetables.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 11:03
David Minner, turfgrass specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers lawn care practices Iowans should consider as local agencies enact voluntary water conservation programs to reduce water consumption and relieve strain on city water supplies. Minner will discuss this topic during a webinar July 20.
Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 08:35
Iowans are noticing changes in their trees this summer and asking Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists about symptoms that may indicate stress or decline in the health of their trees.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 08:18
Dry conditions are putting stress on Iowa trees. Trees on marginal sites are dying all over the state, said Jesse Randall, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach forester.
Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 15:50
Sweet corn is one of the most popular vegetables in the home garden, roadside stands and farmers' markets. This summer’s hot, dry weather has growers asking Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists about sweet corn.
Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 12:45
Knowing when to water and how to water plants is one of the most important aspects of gardening and can make all the difference to the health of plants. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists answer questions about watering plants in containers, gardens and lawns.
Friday, June 22, 2012 - 09:42
Japanese beetles first emerged around the end of May in some parts of Iowa. As populations increase, gardeners around the state are asking how to deal with these very hungry garden pests.The good news, in eight weeks they will be gone.
Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 09:59
Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the red, white, pink, lilac, and purple bee balm tubular flowers. Bee balms perform best in full sun, but there is more to know when it comes to caring for these plants in the home garden.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 12:50
A field day highlighting Iowa State University fruit and vegetable research is planned for July 23 at the ISU Horticulture Research Station near Gilbert. Organizers say the field day will be of interest to commercial producers, small-scale growers, master gardeners and home gardeners.
Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 10:38
Mulches are commonly used to enhance the beauty of landscapes, suppress weeds, conserve soil moisture and buffer plants from the damaging effects of traffic and lawn equipment. ISU horticulture specialists answer specific questions about using mulch.