Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

March 9, 2017

Spring planting season is upon us, and it’s time to think about how those gardens will be populated with vegetables that will yield a bountiful harvest later in the year. All vegetables have an optimal planting time that helps them properly mature and maximize their potential.

March 2, 2017

The calendar has flipped to March, and spring is just around the corner. In Iowa, of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of freezing temperatures associated with a late-spring frost. Protecting plants from such events is important, but when should precautions be removed?

March 2, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a variety of resources that can help prepare gardeners for the upcoming gardening season, whether planting a home vegetable garden for the first time or with years of experience.

February 27, 2017

February has brought unusually warm temperatures across Iowa, with record highs topping the 70-degree mark. However, it won’t last forever. Winter temperatures will return, but that could confuse trees, shrubs and plants which flower earlier than normal. Will this cause problems?

February 16, 2017

Winter 2017 has been unusually mild in Iowa, with daily high temperatures in the 50s and 60s and approaching record highs. This is good news for those who dislike snow and icy conditions, but it can confuse spring-flowering bulbs and lead to early growth.

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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