Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Yard and Garden Information
for Tama County

Local Highlights

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. 

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

Jill Weber, ISU Extension Human Sciences Specialist, is offering a Food Preservation 101 workshop at the Tama County Extension office on Thursday September 19  from  6:30pm-7:30PM.  The workshop is intended for those wanting to learn how to safely preserve food and will also serve as a good refresher for those who have experience preserving food.  The workshop will cover canning, freezing, and drying. 

May 5, 2019

Join the Tama County Master Gardeners for a night of decorating pots and planting succulents.  Cost is $20

3 women surrounding a display board with information about the seed library
April 22, 2019

Now you can check out seeds at the library.  Through an arrangement between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardeners program and the Toledo Public Library, a seed library housed at the Toledo Public Library has seeds you can check out and plant in your garden. Seeds available through the library include vegetables, herbs and flowers.

Large purple kale plant in garden with woman in red shirt in background
April 3, 2019

The Master Gardener program is looking for people who are passionate about volunteering and gardening. No previous garden knowledge is required. The program equips participants to grow in knowledge about gardening best practices. After the training, Master Gardeners volunteer in their community, making significant contributions such as giving vegetables to food pantries and maintaining demonstration gardens at Iowa’s county fairgrounds.

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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