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Yard and Garden

Yard and Garden, formerly Horticulture and Home Pest News, is filled with information about current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists in the Departments of Horticulture and Plant Pathology, Entomology and Microbiology.

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Learn more about what is blooming around Iowa, what are some common questions and pests for the week, as well as timely tasks in the garden and landscape.

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New Website Launches Just in Time for the Spring Gardening Season

Home gardening information for Iowa State University and Extension has a new home!  Check out the new Yard and Garden website Just launched in March of 2024.

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Growing Peas in Iowa

Freshly harvested, shelled, and cooked peas are a late spring treat. Many types of peas can be grown successfully in Iowa.  Learn more about selection, planting, care, and harvesting of garden, snow, and snap peas.

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All About Cold Frames

In the spring, many gardeners are anxious to get out and start planting to get an early crop. In the fall, cooler temperatures signify an end to the harvest of many vegetables in the garden. However, if you use cold frames, you can extend the growing season. These simple structures allow you to start earlier and continue to garden and harvest fresh produce later even when temperatures are cooler. 

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Spring Garden Tasks

As winter fades and spring arrives, several things can be done to prepare the garden for the upcoming growing season. Below are tips for the perennial garden, vegetable garden, annual containers, trees & shrubs, houseplants, and lawns.

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Planting Broccoli, Cabbage, and Cauliflower

Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower seedlings can be planted outdoors in mid April in central Iowa. Seedlings should be acclimated to outdoor conditions for a few days before planting.

Early Spring Blooming Perennials Front PageEarly Spring Blooming Perennials

Several perennials that bloom in early spring are often forgotten about among flowers like crocuses and daffodils. Learn how pig squeak, heartleaf brunnera, Lenten rose, candytuft, crested iris, Virginia bluebells, moss phlox, lungwort or Bethlehem sage, pasque flower, and bloodroot could enhance your garden.

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Norton Named Director of Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute

Erin Norton looks forward to growing the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute and expanding extension and outreach offerings for the Iowa wine industry.

Early Bird Registration Now Open for the Community Food Systems + Farm to School and Early Care Conference

Registration is open for the Community Food Systems + Farm to School and Early Care Conference, June 13-14 in Iowa City. Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for two days of educational sessions.

Growing Together Mini-Grants Awarded to 32 Iowa Counties

In the midst of record-setting food pantry usage throughout the state, Growing Together Mini-Grants will provide fresh produce and nutrition education to pantries in 2024 through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s SNAP-Education program. A total of 32 projects are being funded, with the goal of increasing food security and promoting healthy food access and nutrition education.
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Garden Variety Podcast

Whether you're a master gardener, just getting started or somewhere in between — there's always something new to learn in your garden.