Soils, Fertilizing, and Composting

Soils, Fertilizing, and Composting

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Great gardens start from the ground up.  The Iowa landscape thrives when soils are healthy, and it starts with good information on composting, fertilizing, and managing soils to help one of the most precious resources in the Iowa yard and garden – the soil!

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Notes on Pruning in 2024

February and March are often some of the best times to prune.  2024 has proven to be a rollercoaster of a year already.  From some of the coldest temperatures in mid-Janaury to some of the most unseasonably warm (record-setting in some areas) temperatures in February.  This does not mean pruning changes much, but it does raise some questions.  Below are some answers to a few pruning FAQs and links to pruning resources, including some newly updated ones!

Frequently Asked Questions

Soil, Fertilizing, and Composting Experts

Aaron Steil

Aaron Steil

Consumer Horticulture Extension Specialist
Home Composting
Garden Soil Management

Cindy Haynes

Cindy Haynes

Professor
Home Composting
Vermicomposting
Garden Soil Management