The good news for gardeners is that echinacea is not only useful, it's also a beautiful addition to your perennial beds and borders, and is hardy even in very cold climates (Zone 4). Linn County Master Gardener Becki Lynch provides some tips for growing...

The summer months are the perfect time to enjoy summer squash from the garden, but successful growers must clear hurdles to gain a bountiful harvest. In a recent article, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturalists, Richard Jauron and...

Join the Linn County Master Gardeners on Saturday, July 12th from 10am- 4pm for their annual Garden Walk ! During this event, participants will have the opportunity to explore five distinctive gardens at the homes of Linn County Master Gardeners. A visit...

When growing raspberries, summer pruning is crucial for increasing yields and controlling diseases. However, based on the type of raspberry and the number of crops you are hoping to harvest, summer pruning techniques may vary. In this article, Richard...

On Thursday, May 29th, the ISU Extension Entomology Department received a call from the Burlington area that the largest group of periodical cicadas, otherwise known as the 17 year "locusts," has begun to emerge. This group of cicadas is the offspring...

While caring for the yard and garden, it can be challenging to remember which garden chores should take place during each month. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has simplified the garden care process by creating a calendar that details the...

As you visit garden centers to purchase yard and garden supplies, you may have spotted a new tree you'd like to plant to bring beauty and interest to your yard. In addition to appearance, trees offer numerous other benefits to their owners and the environment....

Are you still in search of high-quality plants for your garden? On May 17th, the Linn County Master Gardeners will be holding their annual Plant Sale in the parking lot of the Linn County Extension Office (383 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids). The sale will...

For those of you who are looking for additional sources of local, sustainable food, ISU Extension and Outreach has recently released a directory of the 2014 Iowa CSA Farms. The directory lists 75 Iowa farms that host CSA operations and includes contact...

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