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County News

January 18, 2017

MG Article by Tina Patterson, LCMG

There's a hot new trend in houseplants. It's modern, sleek, natural, and unpretentious. It's Kokedama. From the Japanese, loosely translated, ‘Koke’ meaning moss and ‘Dama’ means ball.  

January 18, 2017

MG Article by Linda Skvor, LCMG

Houseplants can be a wonderful addition to a home, adding a pop of color against a neutral wall and making winter a little more bearable indoors.  Any houseplant can be difficult to grow, however, when your son’s cat considers a plant his personal playground.   

January 12, 2017

FREE Garden Classes will be presented by the Linn County Master Gardeners (LCMG).  No pre-registration is required!

December 27, 2016

Article by Becki Lynch

The first seed catalog is soon to arrive full of the promise of summer and the temptation of varieties untried. Then the next catalog, and the next, and so on, making seed choices overwhelming. Here are a few tips from the National Gardening Association on how to differentiate and choose the best seeds.

December 27, 2016

Article by Lisa Slattery and Judy Stevens

This Christmas I sure hope you are enjoying a beautiful holiday plant as part of your seasonal festivities. If you give your holiday plant a little tender-loving-care it will last as long as possible, bringing you joy well into the new year. 

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Our Story: Small Talk for Early Literacy

Yes, you can read to babies. Through “Small Talk,” Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Ames Public Library and Raising Readers in Story County are helping parents build literacy skills in very young children.

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January 20, 2017 12:30 PM

It’s no secret that the farm economy has faced a downturn since its peak in 2012. But how has the downturn affected farmers,...

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