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Time for a Garden Wrap-Up!

Published on September 27, 2019

The first predictions of an early frost are on the horizon which means the donation gardens are winding down for the year!

The Importance of School Gardens

Published on September 26, 2019

School gardens aren’t a new concept. In fact, they have been around since World War I. For decades school gardens have provided a place for children to become problem solvers, open their minds to creative possibilities that nature can provide them, and even improve test scores. They are a wonderful addition to schools of any size located in any climate.

Heirloom Tomatoes

Published on July 1, 2019

Heirloom tomatoes are the hit of the summer. There are a variety of colors, shapes, and flavors of heirlooms that many like to enjoy. However, how to heirloom tomatoes get their name?

Is Climate Change Affecting Our Growing Season?

Published on May 2, 2019

Climate Change is a tough topic to address with any group of individuals. However, it is something that is affecting all of us, and it is especially affecting our growing season.

Springing Towards the Growing Season!

Published on March 25, 2019

Spring is in the air and it’s time to get our hands dirty! It might feel strange to start thinking about gardening with the amount of moisture we have received this month, and the chilly mornings. However, soil temperatures in Iowa are 32 degrees or higher. Both soil and air temperatures can affect plant life and germination of seeds. If too cold or too warm they can cause problems with seed germination and plant growth. It is important to check on temperatures throughout the season to ensure that you have a successful harvest!

A Nod to March

Published on February 25, 2019

March also offers us the opportunity to head outdoors on those welcomed days with above freezing temperatures and spend a little time out in the landscape. For those of you missing your backyard, March is a good time to get a little spring pruning done.

How to Start a Garden Journal

Published on February 5, 2019


Starting a garden journal may sound overwhelming, but it is the best way to get organized for the upcoming growing season.

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