Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

September 20, 2016

Fall is the right time to plant, dig and divide lilies for optimal performance in spring. ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturists explain what to do now to help lilies reach their full potential.

September 9, 2016

Tulips are a welcome part of the spring landscape, but to enjoy their benefits in warm weather, work must be done during fall to maximize their potential.

September 1, 2016

Fall is almost here, and one of the best parts of the season is the apple harvest. Apples are a delicious, fun part of autumn, but care must be taken with harvest time, storage and potential blotches.

August 26, 2016

Fall is an excellent time to reap the benefits of home gardens. Produce harvested from personal plots can make fora bountiful feast. But storing and keeping produce including potatoes, onions and carrots fresh can become an issue.

August 22, 2016

Fall is a perfect time to prepare lawns for the upcoming year with seeding, aeration and fertilization.

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.

  • Spend Smart, Eat Smart

    Spending less on food often means investing time and effort in planning, shopping and preparing food.  Check out our blog, website, and Facebook page to learn skills and adopt habits to feed your family nutritious meals for less money.

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

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