County News

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.

Emerald Ash Borer in Iowa
April 22, 2014

Johnson County Extension will host two informational meetings concerning the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic, destructive insect of ash trees,  which is spreading in Iowa.

Junior Camp 4-H Linn County Iowa Moniticello 2014
April 1, 2014

If you are a 4-H'er in 4th, 5th or 6th grade, come and join us for a fun filled weekend at Junior Camp, June 6-8 at Pictured Rocks in Monticello! Registration due by April 28th.

plant marker piece of blind upcycled
February 20, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Linn County Master Gardener Judy Stevens shares some ideas for repurposing items for gardening this spring that you might otherwise toss in the recycle bin.

How to provide food for birds Iowa
February 20, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery explains how we can enjoy birds all winter long by providing them shelter, water and food.

Master Gardener Jackie MacLaren
February 20, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  Linn County Master Gardener Jackie MacLaren shares some great ideas for beating the winter blahs with highlights of upcoming classes and events.

local food producer training cedar rapids iowa marketing
February 13, 2014

This two-day training program is based around best business practices identified by buyers in these markets that are actively seeking local suppliers and will help farm vendors selling dairy, fruits, meats and vegetables design a business strategy to succeed. It will be offered in Linn County February 20 and March 6.  Registration is required.

amaryllis care repotting dormant cycle bloom
January 30, 2014

The Linn County Extension Hortline has had several calls this past week asking about how to save and care for amaryllis bulbs. those beautiful showy holiday favorites. It can be done but the key to repeat blooms is proper care. Master Gardener Lisa Slatter provides some great tips!

January 23, 2014

January is an unlikely time to give much thought to bees, but they'll be back in a few short months and honey bee numbers are declining.  ISU Extension Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery tells us how we can reduce our use of pesticides this growing season and help protect our pollinators. 

how to order the right seeds
January 23, 2014

Seed catalogs for 2014 are arriving in the mail. It's easy to over-order seeds and plants from the pretty pictures and claims of 'easy to grow'. What things should be considered before placing any seed order? ISU Extension Linn County Master Gardener Lisa Slattery shares some tips.

Parent Education Consortium
January 9, 2014

Our Parent Education Consortium is only the thirty-fourth Iowa program to earn this honored distinction! We invite you to celebrate with us and learn more about this program on January 28th.

houseplant care questions answers
January 9, 2014

Linn County Master Gardeners write a weekly column for The Cedar Rapids Gazette.  This week Linn County Master Gardener Judy Stevens answers some common questions about houseplant care. 

dairy days industry emerging issues Iowa
December 26, 2013

Iowa dairy producers will have the opportunity to hear Iowa State University Extension Specialists share information on emerging dairy industry issues at the 2014 ISU Extension Dairy Days scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between January 20 and February 6. 

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