Yard & Garden/Horticulture

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February 1, 2018

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October 23, 2017

Here in Eastern Iowa we've enjoyed a relatively frost-free October. But when temperatures drop, it's time to dig up and overwinter tropicals, dahlias, caladiums and tuberous begonias. All of these "bulb-based" plants are actually quite easy to overwinter. 

Article by Lisa Slattery, Linn County Master Gardener

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October 23, 2017

When the sun begins to set low to the south and the days become shorter, it’s time to do a little preparing for the winter holidays. Back in September, we were bombarded by the steady stream of Christmas decorations, appearing in various stores.

Article by Tina Patterson, Linn County Master Gardener

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October 17, 2017

It’s hard not to walk past display after display of fall mum plants on your way into any store.  Mums are lovely, don’t get me wrong.   I walk right past those mums, though, and go to my favorite alternative, the often overlooked and forgotten aster.  You don’t find asters displayed so prominently around town, but I think garden centers should reconsider.  

Article by Linda Skvor, Linn County Master Gardener

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October 17, 2017

Time to bring in those house plants that have been soaking up the sun outside all summer. As temperatures drop, it is a good idea to make sure they make the trip alone. Bugs and spiders and even tree frogs have made their way into my house before I learned a couple little tricks to keep them at bay. 

Article By Tina Patterson, Linn County Master Gardener

Statewide Resources

  • Convenient access to horticulture publications, programs and people.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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