County News

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! 

August 18, 2016

With the arrival of cooler temperatures, and the diminishing produce in our vegetable and flower gardens, our attention can turn to our lawns.

August 16, 2016

It’s hard to believe our summer season is winding down, and as we move into late August/September many of us, me included, are ready to throw in the trowel.  Well, it’s at this time of year that it is doubly important for pollinators to have a wide variety of nectar on which to feed.  They are nearing the end of their season, and need lots of nutrients (sugar) to overwinter.

August 12, 2016

Webinarswith Popcorn and Pop on Thursdays at 6:30 in the large conference room at the Extension Office.  Each webinars is about 2 hours.  When viewing them at the Extension Office, handouts will be available.

August 1, 2016

Gazette Article by Linn County Master Gardener, Tine Patterson

Can we talk about something here? Something not usually discussed in polite company. I love my dogs. They are a constant source of delight and I love to play with them in the garden and yard. But the grass in my yard that grows beautiful and green doesn’t stay that way very long with a houseful of dogs. 

July 21, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Linn County is hosting a farmland leasing meeting on August 18th at 6pm, at Linn County Extension Office,383 Collins Road Ne Suite 201, Cedar Rapids. The annual meeting is offered to address questions that land owners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland.

July 19, 2016

Sometimes you find inspiration for writing a gardening article in the most unsuspecting places.  Case in point, the buzz of our office recently has been about the Quick Fire Hydrangea (Hydrangea Paniculata).  

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