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Musings on the Garden, Part 2

BY DOUG GERAETS In my first installment of Musings on The Garden I wrote about not using traditional composting techniques but instead a method of trench composting. Composting in trenches is little more than digging…

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Free Nectar? Don’t Mind If I Do!

BY MELISSA SERENDA Most people are familiar with the mutually beneficial relationship between plants and pollinators: plants offer up nutritious nectar or pollen to entice insects, birds, or small mammals to assist in their (ahem)…

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The Plants We Eat: Seeds

BY MARY LOU MAYFIELD Seed: A plant embryo encased in a seed coat and containing an energy source. SNAP educational resource, “Growing Healthy Habits: Parts of the Plant We Eat.” Pg. 67 You can see…

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Musings on the Garden

BY DOUG GERAETS Now that the growing season is over, reflecting on the past year in the garden is fun and informative. The calendar said the season started but warm weather and plant growth were…

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Learning Opportunities

The new year will bring several opportunities to learn about gardening, both in person and online. ISU Master Gardeners Home Gardening Webinar Series The ISU Master Gardener program is hosting a series of free webinars…

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Tubers Highlight Holiday Dinners

BY LINDA SCHREIBER Did you know the two dishes that share a name and a spotlight at Thanksgiving aren’t related? Both are root vegetables, and both are native to Central and South America. Sweet potatoes…

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Book Review: Locust

BY MELISSA SERENDA You’ve probably heard of biblical plagues of locusts, and recurring devastation wrought by the supercharged grasshoppers that comprise the arthropod mob, devastating crops in swathes covering huge areas of land. Maybe you’ve…

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Hügelkultur: We did it!

BY JOHN WEEG Master Gardeners are a breed apart. What other group could you ask volunteers to dig five tons of compacted soil out of a hole and then put it back—and get all the…

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Canna Storage

BY LINDA SCHREIBER As the self-appointed queen of cannas, here are some of my storage tips to ensure you have these tropical-looking plants year-after-year for your garden. It’s actually pretty easy to winter canna rhizomes…

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It’s Thyme to … October

BY MELISSA SERENDA AND LINDA SCHREIBER As we transition from summer to the cooling days of early fall, it’s time to begin putting our gardens to bed—while also thinking ahead to next year. Tender perennial…

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Leave the leaves please

Instead of raking leaves in the fall – recycle BY LINDA SCHREIBER There is so much more to leaves than just a pretty face or laborious fall work. It’s a big, big job to rake,…

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The Plants We Eat: Fruits

BY MARY LOU MAYFIELD When is a fruit a vegetable? Fruits: the plant part that contains seeds. Tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers, and eggplant are the fruit of the plant, although they are designated as vegetables…

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It’s Thyme to …

BY MELISSA SERENDA AND LINDA SCHREIBER The heat of July and August seems to have passed. The calendar says September and fall is in the air. It’s still not time to clean your tools just…

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The Plants We Eat: Flowers

BY MARY LOU MAYFIELD If eating flowers presents visions of the pansy hors d’oeuvres on the Iowa State Extension calendar, we eat much more than that! After all, there’s a reason why we call it…

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