Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Yard and Garden Information
for Tama County

Local Highlights

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.

3 people wearing red Master Gardener t-shirts holding flats of plants
February 19, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Twenty-nine county projects across Iowa will receive Growing Together Mini-Grants through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s SNAP-Education. This is the fifth year mini-grant funds have been made available to Master Gardener volunteers, resulting in more than 300,000 pounds of produce being donated in communities across the state.

wicker basket of assorted vegetables
December 19, 2019

Do you have an interest in increasing the availability of local food benefits to producers, consumers and business owners?  If so, please consider attending our local foods meeting in Tama county on January 21 at 1:00 p.m. at the Extension office. 

Canning jar with the words "Preserve the Taste of Summer"
July 30, 2019

Make plans to join Jill Weber, Nutrition and Wellness Program Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at a hands on salsa-making workshop.  You will learn valuable knife skills as you turn fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions into a delicious salsa you can enjoy for many months. 

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

Statewide Resources

  • Let us "feed" your appetite for gardening information with a wide menu of gardening entrees.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  •  Information on lawn, garden, and landscape plant questions is available from ISU Extension staff.

  • 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.

  • Production and business management information for commercial producers on wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

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