Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

September 12, 2014

As the weather cools and summer gives way to fall, a favorite fall pastime emerges: apple harvesting.  Whether you pick apples from the tree in your yard or visit a local U-pick orchard, here are some tips from ISU Extension and Outreach to make the most of your apple harvest.

September 9, 2014

Many garden centers give short shrift to fall flowers. Other than mums and asters, they know that fall flowers won’t make them much money. Most plants are sold in the spring and blooming plants sell best.

September 4, 2014

This year’s tour includes one route in the Waukon and Decorah area and a route between West Union and Nashua.  Host locations include six farms, a winery, two orchards and three retail stores featuring local foods.

July 31, 2014

The fun of shopping at a farmers market is a great reason for eating produce while it’s in season and grown close to home, not to mention the payoff of eating hot, buttered ears of sweet corn picked fresh this morning.

May 7, 2012

Dead spots in the lawn, shrubs to prune, insects on garden vegetables, unidentified blooming flowers – these are all things that prompt Iowans to call their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office for consumer horticulture questions.

Fayette County Master Gardeners web page

Check out Gardening Resources from ISU Extension (RG 104 ) for a list of more than 100 publications with facts you can use whether your garden has flowers, herbs, fruits or vegetables. Also find lists of publications related to lawn, shrubs and trees. This two-page piece is free.

Statewide Resources

  • Convenient access to horticulture publications, programs and people.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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