Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Yard and Garden Information
for Tama County

Local Highlights

young tree surrounded by mulch
June 9, 2021

Jeffery Iles

Horticulture specialist Jeff Iles, with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers advice on caring for trees during this year's drought.

2 people with grocery cart full of vegetables beside a Growing Together sign
February 16, 2021

Communities across Iowa will receive Master Gardener Mini-Grants to support food security and promote healthy food access.

Master Gardener Logo
July 22, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Tama County will offer Master Gardener training designed for those who are passionate about serving their communities and sharing gardening best practices.

jars of preserved food on pantry shelf
May 22, 2020

To help Iowans safely preserve foods, ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting a virtual Food Preservation 101 course. Food Preservation 101 is a general overview that highlights the key information Iowans need to know to get started preserving food at home.

Female extension director and male rep from Farm Credit Services with a check
March 6, 2020

 Tama County Master Gardeners received a $2,000 grant for their demonstration gardens.  The grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s (FCSAmerica) Working Here Fund.

TheWorking Here Fund grant will be used to build small demonstration pollinator gardens near the annex building and Tama County Public Health building.  Additional gardens will be located at the fairgrounds.  The gardens will offer educational opportunities to share with the community how pollination impacts the agricultural system.

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

Statewide Resources

  • Helping support the state’s evolving grape and wine industry, because the potential economic opportunities in wineries, value-added agriculture and tourism are limitless.

  • A collection of encylopedia articles focused on common insects and dieases found around the house, in yards and throughout gardens.

  • Central location for all pesticide safety education resources including Pesticide Applicator Certification information.

  • Horticulture and Home Pest News is a one-stop-shop for all news and resources related to horticulture and home pests. This website is curated by our horticulture, plant pathology and entomology extension specialists with new information being added frequently.

  • Focused on developing strategies that enhance crop production, soil health, and cropping system profitability in vegetable cropping systems in Iowa.

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