Monday, April 16, 2012 - 15:00
High tunnels are inexpensive, simple, passive-solar greenhouses that allow growers to extend the season and produce high yields of quality produce earlier and later than field-grown crops. However, soil around a high tunnel can erode or become saturated after rainfall. This potential problem has been turned into an asset, thanks to a one-year research project conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Friday, April 13, 2012 - 09:57
Early spring weather sped up plant, tree and shrub growth, making them vulnerable to several nights of cold temperatures this week. Fruit plants and trees were especially hard hit by freezing temperatures. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists have received many questions from gardeners concerned about damage to plants and trees.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 16:47
Perennials can be grown in nearly any garden location – sunny, shady, wet, dry, border or background. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists recommend perennials to meet specifications of many gardeners.
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 13:46
Rain barrels, rain gardens and other strategies to reduce flooding and improve water quality is the focus of the Virtual Eco Family Conference, “Water, Our Precious Resource,” on April 5.
Friday, March 30, 2012 - 14:30
The Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering a series of summer webinars. The 2012 series titled "Garden Goodness" will be hosted by Iowa State University Extension county offices on the fourth Tuesday of the month, May through August. The sessions are open to all interested gardeners; participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training to attend.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 15:42
Home gardeners welcome daffodils as a sign of spring. However, they often have questions about when to plant and how to manage foliage after spring blooming.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 15:25
Iowans can make their voices heard about creating a more vibrant food system at the Iowa Local Food Summit April 3. The summit will include conversations and workshops about how to meet the goals outlined in the Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan, developed by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in response to state legislation passed in 2011.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 14:30
Raspberries are adaptable to a wide range of soil types. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share information about raspberry varieties, planting sites and times, as well as growing blackberries in Iowa.
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 12:13
Few things are more enjoyable for homeowners than going out the back door to pick ripe juicy fruit from a tree. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share information about selecting pear, plum and apricot varieties.
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 11:15
Nick Howell, ISU Horticulture Research Station superintendent and a former student of Buck’s, continues the strong tradition of rose research at Iowa State. Earth-Kind® trials are helping identify the most consistently beautiful, low-care, pest tolerant roses for our region. Howell's website www.extension.iastate.edu/earthkind has information about Earth-Kind trials, Iowa State research and Buck roses.