Overwintering your geraniums is relatively easy to do and can save you a bunch of money next spring. Most of us have a favorite geranium variety, and overwintering yours will save you time next planting season hunting for just the right one. Try o [...]continue »
Home & Garden
CLERMONT — Susan Kuennen Massman and Jim Massman bought a 160-acre farm in Clermont together late in life in 2010.
They spent many long hours landscaping a variety of gardens in what she describes as the beautiful rolling hills of [...]continue »
CEDAR RAPIDS — She has been one of the grandest ladies of Grande Avenue Southeast for these past 92 years.
A three-story brick house situated regally on a sloping terrace, she was built in 1922 by Dr. Wencil Naibert, a dentist, and af [...]continue »
Q: When can I plant bulbs for spring?
A: September is a great month to purchase daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinth bulbs for fall planting, but October is the month to plant those bulbs. You donȁ [...]continue »
MOUNT VERNON — When Ann Booth saw the grandiose front porch on a Mount Vernon turn-of-the-century home, she wanted it. So when the house went on the market almost 40 years ago, she and her husband Guy Booth bought the home.
They've b [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »
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 [...]continue »