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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, crocus and hyacinth bulbs for fall planting, but October is the month to plant those bulbs. You donȁ [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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