From parties to relaxing, gazebos offer elegant shade, shelter in summer’s heat


What structure could better fit this traditional month of hot days and nights than the shaded confines of a gazebo? That venerable e ... »

From The Ground Up: Protect your trees, shrubs from winter harsh salt damage

De-icing salts are one of the necessities of winter in Iowa.

De-icing compounds, such as NaCl, CaCl2, KCl and MgCl2, can damage landscape pl ... »

Learning to care for your holiday plants

You may already have purchased a seasonal flowering plant or received one as a gift.

Keeping that lovely holiday color as long as possible ... »

From the Ground Up: Still time to help plants weather winter well

Q: Is it too late to protect my plants this winter? What do I do to protect them?

A: Winter hit us hard and fast this year, and it’s o ... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

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 ... »