GARDENING IN IOWA

Gardening in Iowa

Are you considering gardening as a hobby for the first time? The Gazette has you covered with tips from The Iowa Gardener, and Iowa State Extension Master Gardeners. Gardening in Iowa is sometimes a bit tricky due to our temperature-change prone spring and hot summers.

The Iowa Gardener and Master Gardeners have the experience to help you get started strong, so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.

From vegetable gardening in Iowa to interesting flowers and landscape enhancers, we're sharing the best ideas from around Iowa.

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Q: It looks like I have carpenter ants in trees (pine tree, ash, etc.) What should I do? ...

Each month, the Master Gardeners will provide some maintenance ideas for your annuals, perennials, vegetables, lawns, trees and shrubs. These gardening tips will help you to de-stress in nature while beautifying your landscape. ...

Keep watch for invasive plants

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Back when I was a beginning gardener, I purposely sought out those plants that carried warning labels. These were the plants with catalog descriptions and labels that used terms like 'can be invasive,' 'spreads rapidly,' 'vigorous reseeder,' and 'multiplies readily.' ...

We're in a whole new world and many of us are now home-schoolers by default. We want to find ways to make it fun and effortless, but we can't leave our house. And many folks want to grow a 'quarantine garden' and they're asking how to get started. My garden adventures are more popular than ...

During the global pandemic, many people are looking for ways to occupy their time by learning new skills or starting new projects. Gardening is on the top of the list for many, but the idea can be overwhelming, both in scope and cost. Anyone can grow food, so if the desire is there, give i ...

How to water your plants

Saturday, June 06, 2020

Everyone knows how to water plants, right? Well, actually, wrong. I was reminded of this during a recent community landscaping project, where we planted hostas, daylilies, grasses and more for a local nonprofit. It was all good, until watering time. Those plants we'd all labored over were ...

I've been helping my brother at the family farm. My grandparents established the farm and my parents took it over. In recent years, it's been neglected but Tom is doing a tremendous job of clearing it out, cleaning it up, and undertaking restoration. ...

Coronavirus provides a chilling lesson about crowding. The disease originated in a densely packed Chinese City. As it moved worldwide it struck most heavily in crowded places where people live and work in proximity. ...

It's a weird time to shop for plants, with so many stores in various stages of opening, with a variety of rules and procedures. ...

In the spring, we're always eager to get our seeds and plants in the ground as soon as possible. But when, exactly, to plant them? Some, like radishes and carrots, like cool conditions and won't germinate if it's too hot Others, like beans and squashes, won't germinate unless the soil is n ...

With social distancing guidelines in place to fight the spread of the coronavirus, everything from spring plant sales to compost pickup has had to adapt. ...

When Clarity Guerra and her wife, Lauren Darby, moved into their new house in Iowa City this year, they immediately started planning where the garden would be. ...

With panic buying at grocery stores and news articles of Florida farmers plowing under crops like green beans, it's easy to become uneasy about having a variety of food to eat over the next several months. ...