Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 12:17
Feeding the soil through composting so it can feed food sources is the focus of the Virtual Eco Family Conference, “Compost 101: Food for the Food,” on June 7. The virtual workshop concentrates on composting basics for indoors and outdoors.
Friday, May 18, 2012 - 08:23
Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer lilac questions that will bring more spring blooms to home gardens.
Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 09:52
If given a good site and proper care, an established peony will flower for many years. Common peony questions are answered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 14:34
Proper care of roses from planting through pruning will show them off to their best advantage. To confront insect and disease problems in roses, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists say to correctly identify the pest and use appropriate control measures.
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 10:53
The National 4-H Council and the Walmart Foundation are supporting 4-H Healthy Living programs across the country through Walmart Foundation Healthy Living Youth Voice, Youth Choice grants. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has received one of the 15 state grants and is using a portion of the money to provide mini-grants to Master Gardeners and 4-H youth to develop partnerships at the county level.
Friday, April 27, 2012 - 09:27
Great numbers of fuzzy brown moths made an appearance in Iowa this week, with many specimens and photos submitted to the insect diagnostic clinic. Affectionately referred to as FBMs by entomologists, they are a nuisance, but they will not cause damage to plants.
Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 13:12
Learn how to emulate nature with permaculture during the May 3 Virtual Eco Family Conference taught by Fred Meyer, chair and executive director of Backyard Abundance. Meyer will teach about the principles of permaculture and how to mimic nature to produce food in small spaces.
Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 09:20
Gardeners selecting and planting warm-season crops may include hills of watermelon and muskmelon along with rows of produce. Iowa State University Extension horticulture specialists offer planting tips and describe muskmelon and watermelon variety choices for Iowa.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 11:51
There are many reasons to plant a tree besides to celebrate Arbor Day on April 27 — trees conserve energy, bring beauty to the yard, attract birds and help clean the air, to name just a few. This week Iowa State University Extension horticulture specialists share proper tree planting techniques.
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.