County News

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).  

July 6, 2016

Selecting a tree for your yard can be a daunting task and a choice you may have to live with as long as the tree is alive and you own the property. There are lots of resources for selecting the right tree such as Trees Forever, DNR, and Iowa State University Extension Service. 

June 29, 2016

I must be cruel, only to be kind: Thus bad begins and worse remains behind. Hamlet Act 3; Scene 4 William Shakespeare.

At this time of year you must learn to be cruel to be kind to some of your perennials. Cutting back healthy plants midsummer seems counterintuitive. 

June 24, 2016

This program is designed for youth in 4th-6th grade to stay home before or afterschool for short amounts of time.  The program is available as a training workshop for participants to direct deliver to youth.


June 20, 2016

As we move into the heat and humidity of mid-summer, the benign neglect required to maintain a Pollinator Habitat begins to look good.  As the heat rises, our energy seems to flag.  Add to that the humidity, and any mid-day gardening or weeding begins to look like a form of torture.  Well, leaving your garden alone during this time of year is exactly what pollinators like.  

June 14, 2016

With all of the great sales occurring in the nurseries this time of year it's hard to decide if the savings is really a good investment or if the plant will live up to your expectations. Timing is still right for annuals and perennials but trees?

June 7, 2016

When planting for pollinators, it’s important to choose pollinator friendly shrubs and trees which provide a long-term balanced habitat.  Shrubs and trees, or "woody stock" are the backbone plants for an ecosystem which includes all the elements needed for a supportive environment.  Habitats should be multi-tiered, allowing for all sizes and types of pollinators to thrive.

May 17, 2016

Come explore 4 diverse urban Linn County properties in the Cedar Rapids Area.

May 17, 2016
May 10, 2016

Many gardeners are eager to plants new plants and design new gardens, and the garden centers are bursting with beautiful plants! But don't forget there are some late Spring chores that also need to be tended to in order to keep your lawns and garden looking fresh. 

April 26, 2016

Perennial flowers are just that - flowers that bloom every year. Most perennials will also grow, produce more plants and spread. If your perennials are declining, don’t bloom as often, are deteriorating in the center, or taking over the flower bed, it’s time to divide.

April 21, 2016

Creating a pollinator habitat in your yard can easily be done if you keep these four things in mind.

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