County News

Winter Gardening Fair Master Gardener Kirkwood 2015
December 18, 2014

Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The Winter Gardening Fair offers something for every gardener, with a wide variety of classes and workshops.  Registration opens January 5, 2015. Classes always fill fast, so complete your registration early for best class selection!
December 18, 2014

We invite you to watch this feel-good, short video from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach...

great gifts for gardeners Cedar Rapids Marion Iowa
December 16, 2014

Gardening gifts available for a limited time: Whimsy - 2015 Garden calendar and the Getting Your Hands and Feet Wet Again gardening handbook!

Linn County 4-H and FFA Beef Weigh-in
December 4, 2014

The Linn County 4-H and FFA Beef Weigh-in is Saturday, December 13th at the Tippie Beef Education Center in Cedar Rapids.

farm bill meeting marion iowa linn county
October 23, 2014

Farmers and landowners will learn about the new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill) at an informational meeting conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and local USDA Farm Service Agency staff members on December 3rd in Marion.

How to overwinter geraniums master gardener
October 9, 2014

Overwintering your geraniums is relatively easy to do, and can save you a bunch of money next spring. Learn three methods of overwintering geraniums from Linn County Master Gardener Jackie Hadenfeldt MacLaren.

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...

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.

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