Strawberries are well suited to home gardens. They are hardy, easy to grow, and produce a good crop with moderate effort. Early spring (April to early May) is the best time to plant strawberries in Iowa.
The range of aesthetic characteristics that viburnums display is a gardener’s delight. You can choose plants that are evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous. Some species are under two feet in stature while others are towering 20 footers. Viburnum leaves can be rounded or lance-shape, smooth, velvety or rough, and often deeply veined to give the leaf an undulating appearance. The often fragrant flowers are white or pink, and most species bloom between early spring and early summer. The fruit (drupes) set in the late summer are metallic blue, bright red and in some species change from red to deep purple as autumn progresses. The fall color on the deciduous types is equally striking ranging from bright clear yellow, to brilliant crimson, to a deep rusty maroon.
High tunnels for growing vegetables and fruits are a production technology beginning to dot rural landscapes. More Iowa fruit and vegetable growers are adding high tunnels — also known as hoop houses — to their operations as information about the technology and available USDA funding is shared.
The time is approaching to uncover hybrid tea roses and strawberries, cut back ornamental grasses and apply dormant oil spray to fruit trees.
This week Iowa State University Extension garden experts respond to common questions related to growing and caring for blueberries.
Raspberries are adaptable to a wide range of soil types. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists share information about raspberry varieties, planting sites and times, as well as growing blackberries in Iowa.
Early spring weather sped up plant, tree and shrub growth, making them vulnerable to several nights of cold temperatures this week. Fruit plants and trees were especially hard hit by freezing temperatures. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulture specialists have received many questions from gardeners concerned about damage to plants and trees.
Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about grape pruning that will give the pruner a spirit of learning and adventure, not panic.
Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about what may be causing those black or brown spots on tomatoes, zucchini and other garden produce.
With a little planning, homeowners who enjoy picking ripe, juicy fruit from their own trees can successfully grow fruit trees, such as apples, pears, plums and cherries – even homeowners with only small yard space.