garden

From The Ground Up: Early fall chores

As the summer gardening season winds down, it's a great time to get outside, enjoy the cooler weather and do some work in your yard and garden which w ...

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From The Ground Up: It’s fall and time to plant

As the season winds down, we are entering the best time of the year for planting native plants, trees and shrubs. Why? First, from the buyer's point o ...

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From The Ground Up: Don’t let your geraniums succumb to Jack Frost this fall

Late summer is the time we start thinking about how to overwinter our favorite plants. September is the best month to start thinking about which plant ...

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From The Ground Up: Attract hummers to garden with variety of plants, homemade nectar

Hummingbirds are fascinating. I love mid-April when I see them returning to my yard. Ruby-throated hummingbirds (hummers), the most common in Iowa and ...

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Cedar Rapids man rethinks a 'beautiful' lawn

CEDAR RAPIDS - Scott Overland doesn't buy into the popular perception of a perfect lawn - that of sprawling, manicured green grass mowed twice a week ...

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Nature’s Notes: Start thinking of weeds as soil’s friend

Weeds lack human friends. They are the most persecuted of all plants. Yet, ironically, they provide enormous benefits to people and the environment. W ...

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In Iowa: Bigger tomatoes through political science

Tomato plants, you may be surprised to hear, are extremely sensitive to atmospheric mendacity.When mendacity levels are high, the startled, outraged p ...

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From The Ground Up: Fall garden bounty can be an added bonus

As we bid summer farewell, we say goodbye to the bright flowers and fresh produce ... not so fast. Try planting some veggies now in your gardens for f ...

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In Iowa: The monarch hall of fame

A year ago in this space, I recounted my first year's disappointing experience with milkweed and monarch butterflies, and expressed the hope that I wo ...

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From The Ground Up: Make sure your fall garden has plenty of pollinator plants

It's hard to believe our summer season is winding down. As we move into late August and September many gardeners, myself included, are ready to throw ...

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From The Ground Up: Bee balm proves to be perennial favorite

Planting for Pollinators is the Master Gardener Theme for 2016 and the perfect perennial for your garden that your pollinators will love is bee balm ( ...

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Nature’s Notes: Purslane is truly a delicious weed

Every summer Americans spend hours weeding their gardens and discarding delicious food that grows between the rows. People in distant lands are wiser ...

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