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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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Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden

Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) are the most popular vegetable in the home garden. There is nothing quite like a tomato fresh from your garden! Learn all things growing tomatoes including planting, care, training, pruning, harvest, recommended cultivars, seed saving, growing in containers, and how to deal with common problems.

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All About Ornamental Onions

There are several species of Allium or onion that are grown exclusively for their flowers instead of their bulbous structures. Ornamental onions(common name for many species) are not planted in the vegetable garden but in beds or borders with other perennial flowers.

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Creating and Growing Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets are a great way to decorate porches, decks, and other outdoor areas of the home. They make great gifts and are readily available in garden centers every spring. Whether your hanging basket has just one or many blooming plants, care is required for the best blooms throughout the growing season. Here are some tips for growing and maintaining hanging baskets.

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2024 Periodical Cicada Emergence: What Should You Expect?

Periodical cicadas are a unique group of cicada species that emerge in unison in 13- or 17-year cycles depending on the specific brood. In 2024, two broods, a 13- and 17-year brood, will be emerging, and some regions will experience both broods at the same time. This co-emergence has not happened with these two broods for 221 years. 

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Rainy warm springs can cause fire blights woes for apple and pear trees

Fire blight, a disease of apples and pears caused by a bacterium, first strikes by infecting flowers. During peak bloom in Iowa this year, conditions were near perfect for the disease to spread and cause symptoms. Learn more about fire blight and how you can help ISU researchers this year.

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Growing Garden Peonies

Learn more information about types of peonies and how to grow them—including tips on planting, fertilizing, and seasonal care.

Yard and Garden News

Yard and Garden: Hanging Basket Considerations

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain special care considerations for hanging baskets.

Selling Timber? Consider Newly Updated Guides for Inventories and Contracts

Landowners who are considering a timber sale can record their inventory and form a contract with buyers by using two newly updated resources from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Yard and Garden: Selecting and Planting Trees for Arbor Day

Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach answer questions about selecting and planting a tree on Arbor Day or any day this spring.

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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.