County News

December 12, 2016

Article by Tina Patterson

Even when the snowflakes fly, we can let our thoughts turn to gardening.  We might have put our beds to sleep, tucked in our planters, and emptied our pots for the season, but there still can be a TO DO list for the garden.  Take care of your tools and your equipment now to be ready to hit the garden path in the spring.

December 5, 2016

MG Article by Linda Skvor

Winter weather has arrived and young trees need a little TLC to avoid a common malady called Sunscald. 

November 29, 2016

The Holiday season is upon us and that means not only decorations, but holiday plants! This is the time of year when there is an abundance of nice holiday plants to choose from, whether purchased from a florist, nursery or grown at home. One of the most popular plants to give or receive at this time of year is the Christmas cactus. Or is it an Easter or Thanksgiving cactus?

November 21, 2016

Gazette Article - Author is Becki Lynch

Now that most outside chores are done for the year, and nature is going into hibernation, many of us look for something to grow inside.  We love to bring the flavors and fragrances of the garden inside by growing some herbs in the house.

November 21, 2016

Gazette Article - Author is Tina Patterson

One kind word can warm three winter months- Japanese Proverb

Without adequate means to bestow kind words on our garden critter friends, we can do kind things for them this fall to allow them a healthy, warm, and more comfortable winter.

November 21, 2016

Gazette Article - Author is Lisa Slattery

Having a pretty winter-themed floral arrangement grace your table is one of the delights of the holiday season.  But for real holiday cheer, create large outdoor holiday containers brimming full of greens. Each year, I create several large decorated pots for both my front porch and back deck. 

November 2, 2016

Gazette Article - Author is Linda Skvor

November is a good time to start preparing your roses for winter. 

October 25, 2016

Gazette article 10-30-16 by Judy Stevens

As you look at the beautiful plants that have grown from bulbs you planted last spring it's hard to let the cold weather destroy them.  I actually enjoy digging my bulbs and storing them for next spring planting.  I feel like I have cached lots of foliage and flowers for next year’s enjoyment.

October 25, 2016

Gazette article 10-16-16 by Lisa Slattery

It's officially Fall and our temperatures will go up and down for a little bit before real cold sets in. Protecting plants from colder temperatures to prolong the growing season is possible but you need to understand when it truly is the end. 

October 25, 2016

Gazette article 10-13-16 by Liza Slattery

Once Fall temperatures cool it's time to plant Spring bulbs. If you've never planted bulbs before some common varieties that perform well in the home garden are crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips. These are considered hardy bulbs and are easy to work with. 

October 25, 2016

Gazette Article 10-9-16 By Tina Patterson

As the sun sets further to the south and evenings become shorter, we sadly realize that the growing season is winding down. But you don't have to say goodbye to your favorite annuals just yet. If you have a sunny spot or a grow light, you can keep a little bit of summer through the cold days of winter. 

September 30, 2016

Fall is here, and shortly thereafter, ugh, Winter.  But don't hang up your garden hose just yet because Fall is a great time to plant a tree or give a tree. But which tree? Diversity is key.  

September 22, 2016

Late summer is the time we start thinking about how to overwinter our favorite plants. September is the best month to start thinking about which plants to keep and which to let succumb to Jack Frost. Geraniums are one of those annuals that you can save from year to year. 

September 22, 2016

September is the ideal time for almost all lawn care chores. This is an optimal month to perform seeding, sodding, aerating, dethatching, fertilizing, and broadleaf weed control.  The reason? Temperatures are cooling but the growing season continues for several weeks.

September 19, 2016

Come learn about drones!

September 14, 2016

As the summer gardening season winds down, it's a great time to get outside, enjoy the cooler weather and do some work in your yard and garden which will give you a head start on your 2017 spring garden.

September 7, 2016

FREE Garden Classes will be presented by the Linn County Master Gardeners (LCMG).  No pre-registration is required, just come and join us! All classes start at 6:30 pm. and go until 7:30pm.

August 29, 2016

As we bid summer farewell, we say good bye to the bright flowers and fresh produce….not so fast! Try planting some veggies now in your gardens for Fall crops and make plans to extend your vegetable gardening next year. 

August 29, 2016

Hummingbirds are fascinating. I love Mid-April when I see them returning to my yard. Ruby-throated hummingbirds (hummers), the most common in Iowa and North America, return to the same area they hatched and visit the same garden or feeders year after year. Hummers live an average life of three to four years. 

August 24, 2016

FREE Garden Classes will be presented by the Linn County Master Gardeners (LCMG).  No pre-registration is required, just come and join us! 

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