County News

September 29, 2014

Join us for this event, to benefit Linn County 4-H Youth Programs, on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Tomato Tasting top 5 tomatoes
September 29, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners held a Tomato Tasting in September and invited the public to come and taste some 39 different varieties of tomatoes. Do you want to know which tomato ranked number one?  The votes are in and we have the list of the top 5 tastiest tomatoes...

when to plant bulbs for spring
September 23, 2014

October is the perfect month for planting spring-flowering bulbs.  Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slatter offers tips and advice on selecting and planting bulbs.

Seeding lawn fall how and when to
September 23, 2014

But this time of year is also an excellent time to take care of existing lawns and any damaged areas of your lawn, which will make sure it is as healthy as possible as we head into winter.  Here are four main areas to remember and the best time to complete them...

Mums
September 23, 2014

You see those chrysanthemums at the nursery or big box store and grab a few, thinking they'll be a marvelous addition to your garden for years to come. Think again. Not all mums are created equal. Linn County Master Gardeners Jean Wilson & Becki Lynch explain why.

yard garden soil test how to
August 4, 2014

Most soils in Iowa are well suited for vegetables, flowers and turf, but a few may have special problems needing correction before planting. How do you get your soil tested? Should you apply lime? ISU Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists answer these questions and more.

echinacea coneflower
August 3, 2014

The good news for gardeners is that echinacea is not only useful, it's also a beautiful addition to your perennial beds and borders, and is hardy even in very cold climates (Zone 4). Linn County Master Gardener Becki Lynch provides some tips for growing and caring for this perfect addition to any Iowa garden.

Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery
August 3, 2014

Master Gardeners get asked a LOT of questions.  Typically the questions surround the obvious topics of plants, lawns, insects and flowers, but a lot of people ask "What is a Master Gardener"? Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery answers that question and talks about why she decided to become a Master Gardener.

Master Gardeners Brucemore
July 31, 2014

You will once again find the Linn County Master Gardeners at the Brucemore Garden and Art Show on August 23, 2014.  They will showcase several displays and demonstrations in the formal Brucemore garden, including “walkabouts” identifying trees, invasive pests, and seed saving and so much more.  It's educational fun for the entire family. 

daylily selection, planting and care
July 31, 2014

Linn County Master Gardener Jean Wilson discusses the difference between lilies and daylilies along with tips for planting and care.

mold and fungus
July 31, 2014

With summer activities in full swing it is easy to ignore the garden and hope everything is doing ok without your constant surveillance.  However, excess moisture can create problems in the form of plant diseases.  Linn County Master Gardener Judy Stevens discusses some common types of mold and fugus you might see in your yard or garden and what you can do about them.

clematis selection and care
July 31, 2014

Clematis are beautiful, versatile vines, often referred to as the queen of flowering vines.  What do you need to know about planting, growing and pruning them?  Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery provides the answers.

watering garden with soaker hose
July 31, 2014

With the lazy, hazy days of summer, the gardens are in full stride, and we want to make sure they have enough moisture. How can you determine how much your garden needs and when is the best time to water?  Linn County Master Gardener Becki Lynch provides some tips.

Peony planting and care
July 31, 2014

Linn County Master Garden Jackie MacLaren shares some tips on how you can plant, grow and care for this spectacular flower.

dying daffodil
July 31, 2014

Who doesn't want to pull out all the old, messy daffodil foliage? Linn County Master Gardener Jean Murray explains why you shouldn't.

terra cotta pots
July 31, 2014

If you don't have a large garden, but still love seeing birds. How do can you attract them to your yard? Linn County Master Gardener Jean Murray shares some tips.

become linn county master gardener iowa
July 23, 2014

Master Gardeners are a dedicated group of trained volunteers willing to share their horticulture knowledge, a love of gardening, an enthusiasm for learning, and a commitment to helping others. Linn County Residents are invited to apply to become a Master Gardener and become a member of the Fall 2014 class. Applications are due August 8th.

Farmland Lease Meeting Workshop Cedar Rapids Iowa
July 23, 2014

Linn County is offering 2 farm leasing meetings during August. The 2 1/2-hour workshop focuses on issues related to land values and rental rates, Iowa’s Water Quality Initiative, the Agricultural Act of 2014 and more.  Registration is required in advance.

raised bed vegetable garden
July 14, 2014

Whether you’re involved in a local community garden or just getting started at home, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a variety of resources available to help you with planning, planting, maintaining, and harvesting your vegetable garden.

tree planting replacing health growing pests class cedar rapids
July 8, 2014

Join Iowa DNR and Extension Experts as they discuss trees: the benefits and issues of growing trees, recent pests and ideas of other species of trees to consider planting in the home landscape.

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