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Ode to orchids

NORTH LIBERTY — About 25 years ago, Nile Dusdieker bought an orchid for his wife Lois’s birthday.

“From there, everythi ... »

Off the Map: Garden pulls in Vinton youth

Editor’s note: Each week we target a town on a map of Eastern Iowa and go there in search of a story. We hope to discover and share stories ... »

From the ground up: Three waysto overwinter your geraniums

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, a ... »

Clermont 160-acre homestead a labor of love

CLERMONT — Susan Kuennen Massman and Jim Massman bought a 160-acre farm in Clermont together late in life in 2010.

They spent many lo ... »

Grande dame

CEDAR RAPIDS — She has been one of the grandest ladies of Grande Avenue Southeast for these past 92 years.

A three-story brick house s ... »

From the ground up: An expert’s guide to planting, digging up bulbs in the fall

Q: When can I plant bulbs for spring?

A: September is a great month to purchase daffodils, tulips, crocu ... »

The return of the front porch's popularity

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 ... »

Country comfort

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

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 ge ... »

Historic Vinton home

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

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 d ... »

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. »

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. ... »

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 blig ... »

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 som ... »