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From The Ground Up: The Japanese beetle has arrived

The menacing Japanese beetles are finding our gardens again. If you are finding leaves that look like skeletons and three eighth inch metallic green a ...

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Pollinator-friendly garden, community gardens featured on Cedar Rapids garden tour

On a sunny June afternoon, Mateo Rwayitare, 5, could barely contain his excitement at the chance to help release monarch butterflies. When his neighb ...

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The Iowa Gardener: How to mulch cheaper and better

Mulch does so many things. It saves work because it conserves moisture in the soil and blocks weeds. It prevents disease by preventing soil-borne path ...

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The Iowa Gardener: A June to do list in the garden

It's June and work begins in earnest. Here's a June to-do list to keep you busy this month.l Weed, weed, weed! Try to time your weeding for the day or ...

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From The Ground Up: Geraniums are a hardy summer classi

Geraniums are a summer classic in Iowa.Beautiful geraniums are the perfect choice for both potted containers and ground beds. These common, yet gorgeo ...

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The Iowa Gardener: Picking the best hydrangeas for Iowa

Who can resist big, bodacious hydrangeas? Just be sure to plant those types that will succeed in our cold climate.Hydrangeas are all the rage in garde ...

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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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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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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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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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