Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

October 4, 2016


“The Monroe County Farmers’ Market is still going and planning an Autumn Harvest Day event this Friday, October 7.  Guests who visit the market can enjoy a complimentary cup of hot mulled apple cider and a piece of sweet potato cake.  An apple press will be in motion for demonstrations, relaxing music will be played, and there will still be fresh locally-produced vegetables and baked goods available for purchase.  Celebrate the season with us this Friday from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.”

September 12, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach Monroe County Office in Albia will host an evening with Honey Creek naturalist, Hannah Wiltamuth, to learn about the Monarch Butterfly.  The public is invited to attend this informational event to find out about the habits, diet, and life cycle of the Monarch as well as threats to their existence and how we can help.

This free event will be held on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Extension Office, 219 B Ave West, Albia.  Refreshments will be served.

August 17, 2016

If you want beets the size of lyour fist, then come stop by Oleksandr's "Sasha" table at the market!

Sasha is famous around town for his giant beets, radishes, and turnips.  But he also stocks his tent with field-ripened sweet corn (this week he has Kandy corn), juicy watermelons, large cabbages, tomatoes, onions, homemade jams, and much more.  Find out what he will have this Friday on the Albia courthouse square from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

April 20, 2015

The Monroe County Extension Office has a community educational vegetable garden on their premises.  This garden is used for teaching food production and horticulture to various groups and is open to the public for viewing and information.

September 9, 2014

The Leopold Center has been working on four new videos about the importance of local food -- for Iowa  communities, farmers, young people and our landscape.  The series is called "Why Local? Why Now?"

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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