Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

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July 31, 2020

DO NOT PLANT SEEDS if you receive an unsolicited package of seeds.  Check out this article to find out what to do!  See updated information 7/31/2020

July 28, 2020

Check out our garden resources, related projects, activities (for all ages), and tips were first featured on the Mahaska County Master Gardener Facebook page starting in March 2020.

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July 16, 2020

Iowans who would like to expand their gardening knowledge and become community garden volunteers can do so by completing Master Gardener training this fall.

June 15, 2020

ISU Extension and Outreach has many resources for gardeners who want to learn more!

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May 4, 2020

Instructions on how to take a soil sample in your lawn or garden.

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.

  • 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.

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