Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

April 22, 2015

Many areas in Iowa experienced record or near record temperatures in early April 1997. Those cold temperatures have prompted questions on the edibility and use of rhubarb. Answers to those and several other rhubarb related health questions are presented below.

March 13, 2015

Want to learn the fine art of canning, freezing and drying fruits and vegetables?  Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Plymouth County is offering a program that will benefit both beginning and experienced preservers.  Food Preservation 101 will be held Tuesday, April 14, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at ISU Extension and Outreach- Plymouth County, 251 12th Street SE in Le Mars.

February 5, 2015

Join Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and the Sioux County Conservation Board for a Winter Songbird Fun Day open to all ages. The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sandy Hollow Recreation Area and Campground near Sioux Center.

February 4, 2015

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and that means, of course, flowers. Many people will give or receive beautiful flowers on Feb. 14, and while the thought is wonderful and they’re lovely to receive, what happens on Feb. 15 and beyond?

August 19, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct Level 1 and Level 2 workshops covering Good Agricultural Practices for fruit and vegetable producers beginning in October. The one-day workshops are important for growers who want to better understand how GAPs can be used to meet buyers’ food safety requirements.

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 to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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