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Country comfort

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series showcasing two homes built in Vinton more than a century apart.

VINTON — It’s the house that Roger and Barb Beau built [...]

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From the ground up: Should you start new or repair an established lawn?

Fall is the optimum time to start a new lawn from seed. The warm days, cool nights and fall rains encourage rapid growth. Plus, fewer weed seeds germinate in the fall, so you’ll have fewer weeds in your lawn.

To start a new lawn, p [...]

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Historic Vinton home

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series showcasing two homes built in Vinton more than a century apart.

VINTON — The proud Queen Anne beauty was built in 1901, right on the [...]

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From the ground up: Deadheading your plants encourages re-blooming

Q: I am confused about deadheading. How do I deadhead plants? What plants should — and should not — be deadheaded?

A: There still is a lot of growing time left in this season, which means the [...]

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Stop. Smell the flowers

DECORAH — In England, it’s common to say — when one is going out into the yard — that you are going into the garden.

In the case of Mike and Mary Lou Cotton, who live far from the British Isles in Decorah, this t [...]

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From the ground up: Pick carefully for beautiful arrangements

August brings an abundance of beautiful flowers for cutting, from sunflowers and black-eyed-Susan’s to roses and coneflowers in many colors. Whether you cut flowers from your own garden or buy them at the farmers market, there are a few thi [...]

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From the ground up: Ward off tomato blight, other disease by watering ground

Tomatoes have a lot of enemies in the garden, even deer. But more common are the fungus and bacterial diseases of tomato plants.

Tomato blight and leaf spot is common and attacks foliage, particularly the lower leaves. Early blight, Septori [...]

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From the ground up: How to become a Master Gardener

Besides questions on plants, lawns, insects and flowers, a lot of you ask “What is a Master Gardener”?

A Master Gardener is someone who loves gardening and is interested in learning more about horticulture and sharing that know [...]

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Pleasing patchwork

SHUEYVILLE — It’s not that Kathy Bowersox’s garden is so much in a plot as it is in patches. It’s just kind of sprinkled all over the yard at their 1865 brick house, built on rolling farmland near this Johnson County vi [...]

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From the ground up: Go crazy for coneflowers

When the heat of midsummer hits, and rain becomes more sparse — my favorite flower must be the native echinacea, commonly known as the purple coneflower. This tried-and-true Iowa native is loved by butterflies, caterpillars and birds, and w [...]

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North Liberty plans to start a Penn Landing farmers market

North Liberty will kickoff its first farmers market on August 3 after nearly three years of a market hiatus.

Penn Landing will host the market every other Sunday afternoon through October 26 from noon to 3 p.m. North Liberty’s prior m [...]

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From the ground up: Showcase lilies in your garden

Many plants called “lily” aren’t lilies at all. Day lilies, lily of the valley and peace lily aren’t members of the lily family. True lilies are in the genus Lilium and they grow from fleshy bulbs with overlapping scale [...]

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From the ground up: Moisture problems often to blame for mildew and mold

With summer activities in full swing it is easy to ignore the garden and hope everything is doing OK without your constant surveillance. However, excess moisture can create problems in the form of plant diseases.

The most common high moistur [...]

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Cultivating cooperation: Community gardens flourish in Eastern Iowa

Employees in the University of Iowa’s International Programs department bond over vegetables.

Specifically, over the vegetables they’re growing together in a plot at Earth Source Gardens, a community garden run by the New Pione [...]

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Cherry on top

CEDAR RAPIDS — George Cherry is what you might call a casual gardener. And though he is a passionate gardener as well — creating a deck with more than 50 pots and planters that would make Martha Stewart swoon — the names, well [...]

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