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Updated: 2017-03-30T02:14:20Z

 



Yard and Garden: Caring for Hostas in Spring

2017-03-23T10:51:40Z

Spring is here, and hostas are a popular part of outdoor landscaping plans. They are easy to grow, but certain steps in planting and dividing them must be followed in order to ensure optimal performance.

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Yard and Garden: Preparing Garden Soil for Spring Planting

2017-03-17T09:30:17Z

Although snow is on the ground in much of Iowa, spring is upon us. It’s time to think about planting gardens, but before that happens, proper care must be taken to ensure the soil is ready for growth. That means fertilizing soil, testing it and, perhaps, applying materials like lime.

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Tips for a Successful Yard this Year

2017-03-15T14:30:25Z

How to care for a lawn and set it up for success throughout the spring, summer and fall is the subject of an article in the March edition of the Small Farm Sustainability newsletter. The March issue also discusses beef cattle production, acreage ponds, prescribed burns, and pruning trees and shrubs.

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Hops Workshop Offered to Promote Sustainable Production

2017-03-15T13:29:17Z

A series of workshops covering sustainable hop production will help individuals interested in growing hops learn more about its production. The ISU Extension and Outreach series will be offered throughout 2017.

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Hort and Home News Website Receives Facelift

2017-03-13T14:14:39Z

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has relaunched its Horticulture and Home Pest News website, providing a one-stop location for yard and garden information.

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Emerald Ash Borer Found in Greene and Wayne Counties, Iowa

2017-03-10T10:25:31Z

The emerald ash borer, an exotic species of beetle that attacks and decimates ash trees, has been confirmed in Greene and Wayne counties. Native to Asia, EAB has now made its way to 43 counties in Iowa.

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Yard and Garden: Proper Spring Planting Windows For Garden Vegetables

2017-03-08T16:49:28Z

Spring planting season is upon us, and it’s time to think about how those gardens will be populated with vegetables that will yield a bountiful harvest later in the year. All vegetables have an optimal planting time that helps them properly mature and maximize their potential.

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Registration Is Open for Fall Master Gardener Training

2017-03-06T11:28:22Z

Individuals interested in becoming Master Gardeners may now register for the training session being offered this fall. Registration must be made by Sept. 1.

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Two Eastern Iowa Farmers to Host Fruit and Vegetable Producer Meet-ups

2017-03-03T10:59:33Z

Two eastern Iowa fruit and vegetable farmers will host events that will offer informative discussions and time to meet other farmers over a cup of coffee. The meet-ups in Donnellson and Solon are free and open to all fruit and vegetable growers.

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High Tunnel Workshops to Explore Common Challenges

2017-03-03T10:51:35Z

Three workshops will be held to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production.

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