Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

October 9, 2015

ADEL, Iowa – Workshops for commercial fruit and vegetable producers interested in or having just built a high tunnel are scheduled for this fall. The workshop series supported by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is designed by horticulture specialists and will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 5 — Beyond the Basics: High Tunnels – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Heartland Acres Events Center, 2600 Swan Lake Boulevard, Independence. Prior attendance in the introductory class is recommended but not required.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 — Introduction to High Tunnels – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Cherry Glen Learning Farm, 3989 NW 94th Avenue, Polk City.
October 9, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Winter is just around the corner, and while evergreen trees are built to survive the cold weather, they still need care and preventive measures during the colder months of the year. What are the best suggestions?

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on how to help evergreens survive winter. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

October 9, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Iowa Learning Farms, along with the Benton/Tama Nutrient Reduction Demonstration Project and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a nutrient management field day on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 4–6 p.m. on the John and Brian Weber farm, rural Clutier. The event is free, open to the public and includes a complementary meal.

October 2, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Butterfly gardens can easily be created by planting a few of the insect’s favorite plants in a sunny corner of the yard. Gardening for Butterflies and Pollinators is a new publication for home gardeners wanting to establish a butterfly garden of their own and is available to download from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store athttps://store.extension.iastate.edu/.

October 2, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Like soaring consumer interest in finding and using locally-sourced food, a strategic partnership of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is taking flight.

With continued support from the Leopold Center, the Local Foods Program is moving under the umbrella of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beginning this week.

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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