Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

Preserve the Taste of Summer logo
February 21, 2014

Interest in home food preservation has increased due to the popularity of local foods and gardening. With more people preserving food, there is concern about whether the resulting food products are safe to eat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the most common cause of foodborne botulism in the United States is from home-canned vegetables because proper procedures were not followed.

Cover crops photo
September 4, 2013

Three cover crop workshops for commercial growers and those working with commercial growers are planned for this fall.

August 26, 2013

The final garden webinar series :Moisture Extremes in the Landscape" offered by the Iowa Master Gardener program will be hosted by Crawford County Extension and Outreach on September 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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August 20, 2013

Iowa pond owners are seeing an explosion in aquatic plant growth during the hot summer months. Because of naturally high nutrient loads and high alkalinity from limestone bedrock, plants are thriving as the water warms, which can degrade pond aesthetics and recreation quality, according to Allen Pattillo, aquaculture and fisheries specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Statewide Resources

  • Let us "feed" your appetite for gardening information with a wide menu of gardening entrees.

  • Helping support the state’s evolving grape and wine industry, because the potential economic opportunities in wineries, value-added agriculture and tourism are limitless.

  • Images and information on a wide range of common pest and non-pest insects encountered in the home, yard and garden.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • Master Gardeners are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by Iowa State University Extension, and share their time and expertise with other gardeners.

  •  Information on lawn, garden, and landscape plant questions is available from ISU Extension staff.

  • Horticulture & Home Pest News is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists.

  • Production and business management information for commercial producers on wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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