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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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Gardens at Noelridge Park entered in national competition

Becki Lynch stood on a walkway running through a well kept garden, a worn pair of work gloves and weeds clutched in her hands, wearing a shirt adorned with Kermit the frog urging you to “Come to the Green Side.”

“Septemb [...]

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From the ground up: Maintaining your yard in summer

Summer marks the season when your lawn can look its best — if you know how to maintain it properly. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on how to keep your lawn looking sharp during the year’s hottest [...]

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Bountiful bouquets

During the peak gardening season of May and June, Janis Russell estimates she spends 30 hours a week tending her flowers.

So it makes sense that she likes to take a bit of her garden to work with her.

A receptionist in the radiology de [...]

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Atkins home garden easy to access

Julia Himmelsbach, 59, hopes she’s gardening for decades to come.

“I told my husband, if I’m in a wheelchair, I’ll wheel out here and keep working,” she says. “I love to garden, and I’ll neve [...]

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From the ground up: Clematis can reach new heights with the right care

Clematis are beautiful, versatile vines, often referred to as the queen of flowering vines. There are more than 250 species of clematis with several hundred cultivars. Not all of these will grow in Iowa, but many are hardy here. Clematis offer a w [...]

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Berry good season

One day each summer my family and a few good friends pile into the car, prepped with sunscreen and bug spray. We trek north from Cedar Rapids just past Independence, down a gravel road, signs along the road guiding us until we pull up in fr [...]

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From the ground up: How much water does the garden really need?

With the lazy, hazy days of summer, gardens are in full stride, and we want to make sure they have enough moisture — but, how can we conserve water at the same time? Generally, we hear that plants, lawns, and trees/shrubs need 1 inch of wat [...]

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A Midwestern garden

CEDAR RAPIDS — Melinda Myers, nationally known gardening expert, author, and television and radio host, will share her expertise on Midwest gardening with the public at a June 25 fundraiser sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Garden Club.


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