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From The Ground Up: Perennial white gardens shimmer in the moonlight

White gardens have been popular for ages. One of the most popular and well known white gardens is Sissinghurst Castle's famous white garden in Britain ...

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Bird-watcher’s bliss at Iowa City home

Tucked into a steep hillside in the historic Manville Heights neighborhood of Iowa City is an unsuspecting but beautiful midcentury modern. Home to N ...

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Six tips to spend less time weeding

Our recent rains and warm weather have prompted the weeds in our gardens to start growing, well, like weeds! Here's how to spend less time weeding and ...

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Do your research before planting flowering trees or shrubs

Judy Stevens, Iowa State University ExtensionThis spring has been beautiful in Eastern Iowa with all the trees and shrubs in full bloom. It is temptin ...

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A May gardening to do list

The last average frost date is almost here. It's May 10 for southern Iowa and May 15 for northern Iowa. That means you can plant just about anything o ...

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The Iowa Gardener: Edibles in your landscape

Nowhere is it written that edible plants all have to go over here and flowers all have to go over there. Some of the most charming gardens combine fru ...

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Dream job blossoms in Brucemore’s gardens

CEDAR RAPIDS - When asked what his dream job would be, a twenty-something David Morton would have said #x201c;working on a private estate as a gardene ...

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From The Ground Up: Hardy hibiscus can be a showstopper in Iowa

We've all seen those hibiscus plants at garden centers with their HUGE blooms, but buying the right one can be a bit confusing. Which one is for the l ...

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Tool lending libraries spring into action for DIY projects

The chirping of birds, the growling of mowers and the whirring of saws signal the start of the spring-into-action season.Whether you're building a bir ...

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Good Neighbor Iowa to fight ‘perfect lawn mentality’

#x201c;You kids get off my lawn!#x201d; - a catch phrase stereotyping elderly homeowners as cranky - may be good advice if the lawn in question, as wi ...

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Experts offer advice to potential first-time homebuyers

With a hot housing market, historically low mortgage rates and special programs incentivizing first-time buyers, experts say now is a good time to con ...

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Nature’s Notes: Spring songsters arriving

Early May is an exciting time to enjoy Corridor wildlife. Overwintering birds, like Juncos, have just left for nesting in the north while dozens of s ...

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Fairy houses & gnome homes bring a touch of whimsy to spring gardening

HIAWATHA - You don't have to have a green thumb to work a little magic in your gardens.Flower beds and vegetable patches are the perfect places to pla ...

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Best plants for fairy gardens

Backyard Abundance in Iowa City recommends these plants to "invite fairies and other happy spirits in your garden." Full story: Fairy houses & gnome ...

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The Iowa Gardener: Love lettuce? Time to grow your own

Back home on the farm, my mom grew only one kind of lettuce. It was always leaf lettuce (Black Seeded Simpson, in fact) and it was always prepared one ...

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