County News

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.

garden hands-on workshops lowe park marion
July 8, 2014

The Linn County Master Gardeners will be hosting several hands-on workshops at Lowe Park this fall.  From "Food Preservation 101" and "Tomato Tasting" and "Seed Saving" to "Holiday Arrangements" - there is something for everyone! Space is limited, register early to guarantee your spot!

Linn County Master Gardener Garden Walk 2014 Cedar Rapids Iowa
May 29, 2014

Explore 5 diverse SE Cedar Rapids Linn County Master Gardener homes that will inspire you with ideas you can apply to your own garden or landscape or simply provide you the opportunity to tour beautiful private gardens.   The 2015 Garden Walk is July 27th from 10:00am-4:00pm.

how to divide hostas perennials
May 22, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  If your perennials are declining, don’t bloom as often, dying out in the center, or taking over your flower bed, it’s time to divide.  Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery tells you just how to do it.

Linn County Master Gardener Plant Sale Cedar Rapids Iowa
May 22, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery provides some timely tips about how to care for those newly purchased plants.

Portable produce patch diy container garden
May 12, 2014

Would you like to grow your own food, but don't feel you have the room to do so?  Put this DIY to the test and grow your own food no matter how limited your space. 

moncarch butterfly milkweed re-establish habitats
May 8, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Linn County Master Gardener Becki Lynch talks about the plight of the Monarch and what Iowa gardeners can do to help re-establish habitats in their backyards.

Knock Out Rose
May 8, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery shares what you should know for growing healthy roses in Iowa gardens

CSA farms list Iowa
April 30, 2014

Consumers interested in eating local have more resources to do so with the updated directory, Iowa CSA Farms: 2014 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers.

how to plant a tree
April 30, 2014

There are many reasons to plant a tree in Iowa. Trees conserve energy, bring beauty to the yard, attract birds and help clean the air, to name just a few. This week Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share proper tree planting techniques.

Cash rental rates
April 30, 2014

Rental rates for Iowa farmland decreased moderately in 2014 according to results from a survey carried out by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This is the first decrease shown by the annual survey since 1999.

crabgrass
April 24, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  This week Linn County Master Gardener Jean Murray helps you get a head start on weeds in the lawn and garden.

community garden cedar rapids marion iowa
April 24, 2014

With greater emphasis on eating fresh/eating local, and with Blue Zones designations for many area cities, we are also now hearing more about community gardens.  The label “community garden,” however, can mean a wide range of things.  Let’s discuss some of these and how they may best serve your individual interests.

young children mini parenting class workshop lesson cedar rapids iowa
April 24, 2014

If your child is 5 or younger, we invite you to join us for these upcoming mini parenting lessons: Allowance, Money and Children; Sibling Rivalry; Tips for Busy Parents

new gardens cedar rapids iowa noelridge
April 22, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  This week Linn County Master Gardener Becki Lynch shares information about a new parks project underway that will be unfolding throughout 2014 and beyond.

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