garden

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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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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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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From The Ground Up: Gardening is right for both young, old

Gardening is a lifetime hobby. Gardening has many attributes that fulfill the Blue Zone criteria such as physical exercise, family time, stress reduct ...

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Cold comfort: Plant cool-season annuals to get more out of Iowa’s gardening climate

The name says it all.I just planted pansies in my front windowboxes. They're a bright blast of yellow, blues and purples that cheer me every time I wa ...

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From the Ground Up | So what is my zone?

If you're new to gardening, you'll need to familiarize yourself with growing zones and what they mean. If you are a seasoned gardener, you still might ...

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From The Ground Up: Compost reduces volume of trash, benefits your garden

Admittedly, my initial interest in composting was less about saving the environment and more about avoiding additional garbage bags. We are a family t ...

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From The Ground Up: Plants, gardening come with lots of folklore

As the planting season approaches many myths, superstitions and interesting theories are told and retold about achieving gardening success. Although t ...

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From The Ground Up: Time to trim those oak trees now

That small window of opportunity to trim oak trees (December through the end of February) is quickly nearing its end, so if you still have this item o ...

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Nature’s Notes: How wildlife survive ice, snow

Ice storms present the most dangerous weather for many wild animals and much of the Midwest experienced thick ice in mid-January. Humans are lucky. We ...

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From The Ground Up: Kokedama gives plants a new look

There's a hot new trend in houseplants. It's modern, sleek, natural, and unpretentious. It's kokedama. From the Japanese, loosely translated, 'koke' m ...

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Nature’s Notes: Wild turkeys abundant in Corridor

Yellowstone National Park experiences bear traffic jams as dozens of cars stop to view bruins sauntering near the road. Iowa's own Corridor lacks bear ...

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Nature’s Notes: Mink sighted in Corridor

Corridor residents may be surprised to spot a consummate carnivore dashing about their backyard. In fact, our neighbors spotted one at their small out ...

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Nature’s notes: Grand natural Christmas trees grace Corridor

This December's frigid, fluffy snow created a perfect natural Christmas tree scene in the Corridor. Hundreds of stately urban and suburban spruces wer ...

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From The Ground Up: Ordering seeds from catalogs

The first seed catalog is soon to arrive full of the promise of summer and the temptation of varieties untried. Then the next catalog, and the next, a ...

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