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Yard and Garden: Growing Potatoes
(Posted on 7/28/2015)
The potato is one of the most important vegetable crops in the world and a popular plant in any home garden. However, there’s a lot to know about growing and storing potatoes properly. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists have some tips on how to grow and store potatoes.
With Help from ISU Extension and Outreach, Community Gardens Thriving in Muscatine
(Posted on 7/27/2015)
With help from ISU Extension and Outreach groups, community gardens, including a large one at Mulford Evangelical Free Church, are taking root across the Muscatine community.
Yard and Garden: Caring for Peonies
(Posted on 7/23/2015)
The garden peony is a popular, long-lived perennial that provides abundant flowers in the spring and attractive foliage throughout the growing session. If given a good site and the right care, an established peony will flower for many years. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provide helpful instructions on how to care for peonies all throughout the year.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: What Does It Mean for City Dwellers?
(Posted on 7/20/2015)
SDSU Extension veterinarian Russ Daly answers questions on what urban citizens should know about highly pathogenic avian influenza.  This article is part of a cooperative effort of ISU Extension and Outreach, SDSU Extension and University of Minnesota Extension to provide resources for families struggling with the human challenges brought on by avian influenza.
Yard and Garden: Harvesting Cucumbers
(Posted on 7/16/2015)
Cucumbers are a widely cultivated plant and grow well in warmer weather, making them a perfect summer plant in any home garden. As it gets time to harvest, there can be a few problems that may arise. Follow these tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on what to look out for when harvesting cucumbers. 
Yard and Garden: Different Types of Perennials
(Posted on 7/9/2015)
Perennials are beautiful plants that live three or more years, die in the ground each fall and return in the spring. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach identify different types of perennials and planting sites where perennials can grow successfully.
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Lee County, Iowa
(Posted on 7/8/2015)
Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Fort Madison, bringing the number of confirmed counties in Iowa to 26. This makes Lee County the latest victim of EAB, a highly destructive insect of ash trees.
Turfgrass Research Is Highlight of July 23 Field Day near Ames
(Posted on 7/2/2015)
The Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station is host for the annual Iowa Turfgrass Field Day, July 23 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Evening Garden Tour with Food Tastings Is July 21 at Lyon County Fair Grounds
(Posted on 7/2/2015)
Visitors can enjoy a horticulture tour through the Lyon County Fair Grounds gardens and taste locally-sourced food at the Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Garden Tour and Local Food Tasting Tuesday, July 21, in Rock Rapids.
Yard and Garden: Successfully Maintaining Summer Fruit and Vegetable Plants
(Posted on 7/1/2015)
The summer months are the perfect time to enjoy homegrown fruits. With varying weather and temperature, maintaining a healthy fruit plant can sometimes be a struggle. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on how to properly maintain fruit plants in the summer months to ensure high fruit production.

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