Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

June 7, 2018

This year Lee County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University provides local citizens with access to education and university research.  ISU Extension and Outreach provides education and builds partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Lee County.

May 8, 2018

AMES, Iowa — A lawn’s overall appearance is directly related to the maintenance provided. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on lawn mowing this week. For more information, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

April 19, 2018

AMES, Iowa— Whether hot or sweet, peppers are easily grown in the Iowa home garden. Green peppers or bell peppers are sweet to the taste and usually dark green, though depending on the cultivar, the fruit will turn red, yellow, orange or some other color at maturity. Hot peppers are increasingly popular and used in cooking all over the world. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on planting and selecting pepper varieties. For more information, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

April 11, 2018

We’re celebrating service for a strong Iowa. In Lee County, we’re asking our staff, council, volunteers, and 4-H Clubs to participate in a community service project.

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April 2, 2018

Johnson County Extension will be hosting a Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop on April 7 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Iowa City. Please contact Shannon Bielicke at the Johnson County Extension Office to register 319-337-2145. 


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Statewide Resources

  •  Information on lawn, garden, and landscape plant questions is available from ISU Extension staff.

  • 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.

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

  • Images and information on a wide range of common pest and non-pest insects encountered in the home, yard and garden.

  • 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.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

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

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