Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

March 27, 2015

 The Siouxland Garden Show March 27 - 29 at the Sioux City Convention Center  is a garden party with something for everyone. From Friday through Sunday, the show will be filled with 11 regional and local speakers, 19 how-to sessions, 19 make-and-take projects, and nearly 50 Siouxland area business and organization exhibits.

March 27, 2015

-It's the time of year when wild asparagus hunters are taking to roadside ditches and railway right-of-ways in search of this spring delicacy -– a hunt  that is rivaled only by the woodland hikes to find morel mushrooms. Coming home with a bounty of fresh greens is a treasure to be savored every spring. For the less adventurous and gardeners that want a "patch" all their own, this is also a good time to plan, purchase and plant asparagus in the home garden. 

March 19, 2015

 With spring here, it’s time to think about planting in home gardens. In Iowa, onions are a popular garden product, but they do require some special conditions and care to get optimal results. 

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on onion cultivar varieties and the proper way to plant them. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 orhortline@iastate.edu.

March 12, 2015

 Raspberries, a favorite of many home garderners, are relatively easy to grow, and are hardy and productive in most of Iowa. If given proper care, a 100-foot-long row of red raspberries can produce 100 to 150 pints of fruit. Proper pruning increases berry numbers and size, and is required to obtain maximum yields.Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips on the proper way to prune raspberries. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

March 4, 2015

While the weather outside is currently cold and snowy, spring isn’t far away. This is a great time to get a jump-start on spring planting by germinating seeds and starting flower and vegetable plants indoors. These methods do have some pitfalls, however.

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on the proper way to start seeds and plants indoors. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

Statewide Resources

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

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

  • 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.

  •  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.

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

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

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