Yard & Garden/Horticulture

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April 26, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Linda Skvor

We’ve all seen those hibiscus plants at garden centers with their HUGE blooms, but buying the right one can be a bit confusing.   Which one is for the landscape, or are they just a patio plant?

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April 19, 2017

MG Article by Denise Klemp


Gardening is a lifetime hobby.  Gardening has many attributes that fulfill the Blue Zone criteria such as physical exercise, family time, stress reduction, social activity and a more plant-based diet. 

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April 10, 2017

MG Article by Judy Stevens

This is the time of year when gardeners want to dig in the dirt and be rewarded with flowers by the end of May. Due to the cool ground temperatures it is a bit early to plant annuals in the ground. But it's not too early to prep plant containers for patio, deck and outdoor table tops.

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March 29, 2017

MG Article by Lisa Slattery

If you're new to gardening you'll need to familiarize yourself with growing zones and what they mean. If you are a seasoned gardener, you might still be confused about zones. 

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March 21, 2017

MG Article by Tina Patterson.

Water. One of the basics of life.  But over and under watering are two of the major reasons plants might fail. Water consumption varies with species, season of the year, ambient humidity, room temperature, and soil conditions. Research your plants water requirements online or at the garden center. 

Linn County Extension Master Gardeners:

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Who are Master Gareners? How can you become a Master Gardener?

Request a Master Gardener speaker for your organization

Information for Master Gardeners & Interns - Germinator, Hortline schedule, service forms

The People's Garden at Hiawatha Elementary School

Statewide Resources

  • Convenient access to horticulture publications, programs and people.

  • Production and business management information for commercial producers on wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

  • Helping support the state’s evolving grape and wine industry, because the potential economic opportunities in wineries, value-added agriculture and tourism are limitless.

  • Horticulture & Home Pest News is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists.

  • Master Gardeners are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by Iowa State University Extension, and share their time and expertise with other gardeners.

  • Let us "feed" your appetite for gardening information with a wide menu of gardening entrees.

  •  Information on lawn, garden, and landscape plant questions is available from ISU Extension staff.

  • Images and information on a wide range of common pest and non-pest insects encountered in the home, yard and garden.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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