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August Different Ways to Garden -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on the different ways you can garden.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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April Garden Journaling -- Gardening to Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

This Gardening to Give lesson focuses on creating a gardening journal.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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April Ways to Garden -- Gardening To Give
Feed your club, community, country, and your world with monthly, hands-on research-based learning opportunities. Gardening to give features activities on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and experience levels. Working together, we can provide food for our loved ones, and donate to food pantries while engaging in this horticulture learning experience.

Did you know about the different ways you can garden? Or have you thought about some of the things you need to consider when selecting the way you would like to garden? Here we have a variety of choices you can make as you begin to garden.

Additional information about the program is available on the Gardening to Give webpage.
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Want Yard or Garden Information? - Ask Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
You’ll find more than 100 publications with facts about flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits, lawns, trees, and shrubs listed in this gardening resources publication.
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Toxicity of Common Lawn, Garden, and Ornamental Pesticides in Iowa
Pesticides are toxic to target pests, but can also cause potential harm to the applicator or the environment. This publication discusses how to understand a pesticide label, its toxicity and whether it could be toxic to bees. It also contains table that provide information on commonly used insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.
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Home and Garden Pesticide Guidelines
Pesticides can be valuable garden tools, but they must be selected and applied with personal and environmental safety in mind. This publication discusses when to use a pesticide, which pesticide is best and how to apply, store and dispose of pesticides safely.
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Vegetable Garden Project Worksheet -- Iowa 4-H Youth Development


This editable PDF can be filled out online, saved, and then printed; or it can be printed and completed manually.
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Growing Garden Lilies
Find out out several different varieties of true lilies. Also, in addition to being outstanding garden performers, lilies make excellent cut flowers with a long vase life.
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Make Food Safety a Priority in Your School Garden
Research shows that a nutritious diet helps children learn better, and that kids are more likely to try and enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits if they helped grow them. School garden programs provide a unique opportunity for students to grow fresh vegetables, eat healthy food, and share their harvest with the rest of their school district by donating or selling it to the school cafeteria. To assure the food safety of the vegetables harvested from school gardens by students, schools should implement food safety protocols for their school garden activities.

This publication contains sample protocols for schools to use as they design best practices for their school gardens. These protocols are adapted from federal and state guidelines for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP).
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Attracting Birds to Your Yard
Learn how to design a backyard oasis for birds by providing essential habitat elements including food, shelter, and water. This publication discusses key considerations for incorporating bird habitat needs into landscape designs by laying out plants that provide shelter or food in a way that mimics the natural habitats of birds. The publication also discusses bird feeding and how to safely attract more birds into view in the backyard by providing the right types of food throughout the year.

This publication updates PM 1351D.
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Hop Production 101: Commercial Hop Yard Trellis Design
As hop production returns to Iowa, growers are wanting more information on producing healthy and abundant harvests. This publication discusses the best practices for designing and constructing a hops yard.
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Fall Tips to Ensure a Healthy Green Yard in the Spring
In the fall, is the perfect time for maintaining your lawn. It's time to focus on turfgrass practices such as mowing, aeration, fertilization and seeding. The work you do in the fall helps your lawn recover from summer stresses and prepares it for another Iowa winter. This publication offers best practices to ensure a healthy lawn through the fall months and to start next spring with the necessary steps.
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Asparagus in the Home Garden
Asparagus, one of the most popular spring vegetables, is a hardy perennial that produces edible spears earlier than any other garden vegetable. Learn about site selection, soil preparation, cultivars, weed control, planting, insect pests, harvesting, and after harvest care.
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Rhubarb in the Home Garden
Although classed as a vegetable, rhubarb is used as a fruit because its high acidity gives it a tart flavor. Learn about rhubarb cultivars, how to grow, fertilization, harvesting, care, and disease and insect management.
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Growing Chrysanthemums in the Garden
Chrysanthemums reach their peak when most annuals and perennials are winding down for the season. Mums also offer gardeners a wide range of colors and flower forms and only require moderate levels of maintenance.
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Composting Yard Waste
Explains the materials needed for a compost pile and includes construction directions for building a 3-bin composting unit.
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Growing and Over-wintering Garden Geraniums
Discover more about this popular flowering plant. This publication discusses geranium culture, overwintering, potting, cutting, bare root plants, and growing them from seed.
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Growing Strawberries in the Home Garden
Access detailed information about growing June-bearing, everbearing, and day-neutral strawberries. Find suggestions for selection of cultivars, planting sites, and plant sources. Also find tips for soil preparation, planting options, mulching, disease and insect control, harvesting, and winter protection.
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Suggested Vegetable Varieties for the Home Garden
This publication suggests two or more produce varieties suited for Iowa gardens based on characteristics including color, size, texture, flavor, vigor, and early or late harvest. Includes more than 60 crops, such as: asparagus, beans, lettuces, endives, onions, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, peas, okra, eggplant, kale, peppers, pumpkins, melons, squash, leeks, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, beets, and several others.
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Where to Put Your Vegetable Garden
The amount of sunlight, soil type, and other factors are primary considerations when selecting a garden site. Get the details on planning your garden.
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Planting a Home Vegetable Garden
Provides basic how-to information, including seedbed preparation, seed selection and sowing, and using transplants. Chart gives planting guidelines for 37 vegetables.
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Planting and Harvesting Times for Garden Vegetables
This guide can help northern, southern, and central Iowa vegetable growers schedule the planting of gardens so space may be used efficiently. Includes a staggered planting and harvest chart for crops grown April through October

Detailed planting directions are given for more than 25 common garden crops, such as radishes, lettuces, onions, peas, tomatoes, kale, peppers, squash, melons, and cucumbers.
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Growing in the Garden: Local Foods and Healthy Living Curriculum
Growing in the Garden: Local Foods and Healthy Living is designed for youth gardening programs, community neighborhood gardens, farm to school programs, Ag in the Classroom and Master Gardening projects for grades 4-12. The curriculum is very adaptable to other ages as well.

The seven units address questions such as:
  • Why do people garden?
  • How do you plan, plant, maintain and harvest a garden?
  • How do you store and prepare garden produce?

Youth-serving organizations in Iowa are encouraged to contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office to explore partnership opportunities in administering this program. Additional information on this program is available on the Connecting Learning and Living webpage.
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Growing Grapes in the Home Garden
Home gardeners can successfully grow grapes in Iowa. Whether you are growing a backyard garden or beginning your own vineyard, basic requirements include a good planting site, hardy varieties (cultivars), and proper culture.

Also recommended Grape publications are:
  • RG 0502 - Pruning Grapevines
  • PM 1375 - Midwest Commercial Small Fruit and Grape Spray Guide
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Growing Raspberries in the Home Garden
Home raspberry growers will find expert advice for cultivar selection, site selection, planting, and training and trellising plants. Also included are pruning guidelines for summer-bearing and fall-bearing red raspberries and pruning guidelines for black and purple raspberries. Also find tips for managing weeds, fertilizing, and harvesting.
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Flowering Plants for the Late Summer Garden
Highlights some of the best August-flowering plants for zones 4 and 5. All listed plants have been proven performers in Iowa and Nebraska gardens.
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Weed Management in the Home Garden
Describes three methods of weed control for the home gardener; includes tips for using mulches effectively.
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Growing Garden Peonies
Basic information about types of peonies and how to grow them—including tips on planting, fertilizing, and seasonal care.
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Garden Tips Guidelines to Seasonal Chores -- Reiman Gardens
Learn to properly maintain your garden all year round. Includes information on what steps to take with your lawn, fruits, trees and shrubs, flowers, herbs, houseplants, and/or vegetables in the early and late part of each season.
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Questions About Composting -- Reiman Gardens
If you are starting a compost pile in your yard or garden this year, this publication answers a few of the commonly asked questions about composting.
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The Garden Guide to Midwest Annuals and Perennials
Public gardens are an excellent place to learn about plants and get design ideas for your own garden and landscape. This guide is designed to give you basic information about the plants growing in Midwest gardens.

Inside you'll find color photos and basic information about growing 300 annual and perennial flowers, Buck roses, ornamental grasses, herbs, vines, and even water plants. Symbols help to identify sun/shade requirements and indicate special uses (containers, butterfly gardens, etc).
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Garden Soil Management
Manage your garden soil more effectively. Learn about tillage, integrating organic matter, soil testing and pH, fertilizer application and more.
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Starting Garden Transplants at Home
Learn how to start annual flowers and vegetables at home, to enjoy them earlier in the growing season. This publication tells you how to select seeds; choose potting mixes, containers, and seed; and later move seedlings to the garden.
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Pollinators in the Garden -- Reiman Gardens
Publication discusses what pollination is, common pollinators in Iowa, and how to attract pollinators to your garden.
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