Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

September 16, 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. Please call the Warren County office to register 515-961-6237 or e-mail Kathryn Pierson at kpierson@iastate.edu

September 15, 2014

Continuing Instructional Courses (CIC) begin October 15, 2014. For registration forms go to http://www.extension.iastate.edu/PME. Under the Pesticide Applicator Training Program tab, click on the Commercial Applicator Training Information option. Mail form and payment to Polk County Extension and Outreach, Attn: Deb Baker, 1625 Adventureland Drive - Suite A, Altoona, IA. 50009. To avoid late registration fees, your form and payment must be received by the deadline shown on the form. Contact Deb Baker at dabaker@iastate.edu with questions. 

September 18, 2014

Are your basil plants looking under the weather? This article from the ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic tells you how to handle the mildew problem.  

July 15, 2014

The 2015 Annual Garden Calendar is now available. This upbeat calendar shows the fun side of gardening while offering colorful photography, great garden tips and fun quotes. The calendars make a great gift, and this years theme is sure to please! Stop in today to purchase yours for just $6.00.

June 26, 2014

Want your yard to be the envy of the neighborhood? Read these tips from the experts at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on how to keep your lawn looking its best during the year’s hottest months and into fall. Learn about mowing height, fertilizing, watering and more! 

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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