Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

January 12, 2017

Winter is here, and the weather outside is cold and unhospitable for many plants and trees. However, it’s a great time to begin new indoor-friendly plants and trees that can benefit from warmer indoor temperatures and winter sunlight.

poinsettia
December 27, 2016

Christmas trees and poinsettias are popular, colorful additions to homes during the holiday season. But what happens to them when the holidays are over? Are they thrown to the curb or stuffed in a trash can? They don’t have to be. Here are some great alternative ideas to handle holiday plants following the season.  
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists can help answer queries regarding reuse and recycling of holiday plants. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

December 13, 2016

Delaware County’s new crop of Master Gardener Trainees have completed their 40 hours of classroom training and are now classified as Master Gardener Interns through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the ISU College of Agriculture. 

December 7, 2016

To become certified initially, applicators must take the exam offered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS).  The local test date and location will be March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Delaware County Community Center, Fairgrounds, Manchester.  The Private Pesticide Applicator CICs for Delaware County will be offered on Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Maquoketa Valley Auditorium, Delhi and Wednesday, February 22 at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at the Delaware County Community Center, Manchester.  

April 21, 2016

Join the Delaware County Master Gardeners on Saturday, May 7th at 9:00 a.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, Quonset Building for their Plant Sale! All plants are just $3.00! Check out more information here!

Delaware County Master Gardeners

Delaware County Master Gardener Newsletters

 

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Gardening in the Zone

These are segments from the Gardening in the Zone series, focusing on a wide range of topics from lawn care and pruning to planting and raising vegetables and flowers.

Statewide Resources

  • Convenient access to horticulture publications, programs and people.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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