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Delaware County Master Gardeners

Delaware County Master Gardener Newsletters




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Gardening in the Zone

These are segments from the Gardening in the Zone series, focusing on a wide range of topics from lawn care and pruning to planting and raising vegetables and flowers.

Local Highlights

winter squash
September 16, 2020

Winter squash can be enjoyed for months when the fruit are properly harvested, cured and stored. Horticulture experts with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provide answers to frequent questions on all aspects of horticulture, including questions on winter crops.

QPR training pic
September 2, 2020

Iowa communities, schools, and families are facing unprecedented stressors and uncertainty imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, drought conditions, and the recent derecho. Predictions have been made about an increase in deaths by suicide due to the social isolation, economic stress and other factors related to the pandemic, and those predictions were prior to the drought and the derecho that caused destruction across the state. 

August 28, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware County will offer a “Last Chance” Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course for applicators who were unable complete the trainingdue to COVID-19 this spring.  IDALS has extended the recertification deadline to Sept. 30, 2020 for current private pesticide applicators. 

lawn grass
August 28, 2020

Sowing grass seed at the optimal time of year, selection of a high-quality seed mix appropriate for the site and consistent watering are keys to successfully establishing grass from seed. In this week's Yard and Garden article, Richard Jauron, horticulture specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers some insight. For more information, email your questions to hortline@iastate.edu

August 28, 2020

Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. And now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the destruction from the derecho that swept through Iowa.

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

Statewide Resources

  • Convenient access to horticulture publications, programs and people.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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