Yard & Garden/Horticulture

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February 9, 2018

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will host three Growing Season webcasts this winter. Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about starting vegetable seeds and growing transplants, managing volunteers and building food security partnerships.

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October 30, 2017

Free public meeting concerning emarlad ash borerr (EAB), and exotic, destructive beetle that kills all species of ash trees.

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March 15, 2017

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March 2, 2017

The days are getting longer.  Orchards are being pruned and the nice weather this week has all of us thinking about spring.  I hear apple buds are swelling at the Horticulture Station north of Ames and blueberry buds are swelling at my place in Des Moines.  Looking at growing degree days since January, the Southern 1/3rd of the state is slightly above average and the Northern 1/3 of the state is slightly below average for the year.  Warm temperatures are forecasted for the next 14 days which could put us well above average by the end of the month.

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August 1, 2016

Canned foods are an easy and affordable way to include many healthy foods in your diet. Many canned foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, and meats can be safely kept in your pantry for up to two years.

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

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