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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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Honoring Betty Kelly

A longtime Master Gardener, Betty Kelly died March 30, 2022. Her family and JCMG friends gathered to celebrate her life on May 22 at one of her favorite places—Plum Grove, the historic residence of the…

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My Favorite Gardening Tool

BY SHARON RUDE How do you sharpen your garden tools? Do you have a favorite stone or gadget to keep them sharp for necessary garden tasks? One of my favorite garden tools is a GardenSharp®…

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It’s Thyme to….June!

BY MELISSA SERENDA AND LINDA SCHREIBER June means there are lots and lots of chores and maintenance activities that need your attention. If you’ve checked the ISU Reiman Gardens Garden Tips Guidelines to Seasonal Chores…

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The Plants We Eat: Leaves

BY MARY LOU MAYFIELD Remember when we were reminded to “eat our leafy green vegetables?” Visions of canned spinach or iceberg lettuce salad!  High in fiber and nutrients, fresh greens from our gardens are delicious…

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It’s Thyme to….

BY MELISSA SERENDA AND LINDA SCHREIBER The April showers have come and gone. That means it’s time for May flowers! Our native flowers will make their appearance with little assistance from us. Some of our…

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The Plants We Eat: Stems

BY MARY LOU MAYFIELD Stems are the part of a plant that provide support and a channel for fluids and nutrients. Many also store food. The defining part of a stem is the node which…

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Garden Chores

BY LINDA SCHREIBER AND MELISSA SERENDA According to my calendar guide, spring started March 20 at 11:33 a.m. EDT. Season dates may vary and sometimes have different lengths, according to an astronomical start date and…

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